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ALLEN TATE

Lead Pastor

Born and raised in North Alabama

Family: Julie (Married July 2007), Adleigh Ruth (2011), Jude (2014), Abigail (2018)

College: Auburn University (Art/Psychology)

Seminary: The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (MACE)

Passions: BBQ, Sweet Tea, Pixar, College Football

The Lord saved when I was 1o years old at a VBS family fun night. Praise God for inflatables, free hotdogs, and the Gospel! I felt the call to ministry in the 10th grade, and was not happy about it. I felt like the Lord was trying to ruin my life. Begrudgingly I surrendered to that call my senior year of high school before leaving for Auburn. The second day of my freshman year at AU I met a guy named Daniel Berry. Daniel would be instrumental in helping me affirm that call, and pursue it willingly. After heavy involvement with BCM at Auburn I graduated, got married to Julie, and we moved to the University of Kentucky to work alongside Daniel in his new role as BCM Campus Minister. It was during that first year on staff that the Lord confirmed my calling to University Students.

We served there for 3 years before God called us back to Alabama to serve on the staff at Highland Baptist Church as their College Pastor. We served in that capacity for 5 years before launching our collegiate ministry out as a Collegiate Church Plant in our city. Read that story here.

Since then we have launched out second Collegiate Church Plant in Huntsville at the University of Alabama Huntsville and are pursuing a vision to plant 14 more by 2026.