Dave's interests in ECM started over thirty years ago through friendship with David and Grace Clark. At the time David was the British Director of ECM so interest in the work of ECM and mission across Europe started to develop. Over the years the Allens have been privileged to share their home with a number of ECM missionaries as well as belonging to a prayer group and attending conferences.
In 2002 Dave was invited to join the ECM Britain Trustees and was appointed chairman in 2007. At the 2012 Biennial conference he was asked to join the International Board.
Dave became a Christian in his late teens and his interest in mission grew from being encouraged to support missionaries. He met his wife Liz while she was undertaking her midwifery training in Birmingham and they married in 1975. They settled in Sutton Coldfield and have been members of Sutton Coldfield Baptist Church since 1982. They have undertaken various roles in the life of the church but their heart has always been for mission.
For the past 25 years Dave has worked for Jaguar Land Rover in various roles and is now in Advance Manufacturing Engineering as a BIW project manager. They have one adult son who works in business development. Liz retired 2 years ago from the National Health Service and has recently joined ECM as a volunteer. Dave enjoys walking in the Lake District, woodwork, and attending old car and lorry shows.