Allen is a lifetime resident of Waynedale. He graduated from Elmhurst High School and was a formal choral director there as well. He also graduated from Fort Wayne Bible College, where he met his wife Deb (Lehman) Shaw. He coached gymnastics at South Side High School and was a Worship Pastor at Life Community Church for more than 11 years. He spent 24 years working for Triple Crown Services until he was declared legally blind in 2013. At that time he turned to writing and has written many children’s stories, poems and essays. He now writes for www.fiverr.com, where his poetry has been delivered to more than 50 customers spread over 7 countries. Most recently he has also started creating birthday cards for www.blowbirthdaycards.com. Currently Allen is working with an illustrator and hopes to have his first children’s book published by the end of summer.