Robert V. (Sammy) Allen was born October 4, 1937, into the family of Vince Winfield and Myrtle Timms Allen at the family home just east of Resaca, Georgia. The youngest of three children, he grew up on the family farm learning all the trades of the farm life.
As a young lad, his life was affected by the normal temptations of sin that every young man is faced with, and as a teenage boy, his life began to be influenced by “the course of this world …”
In late 1954, the young teenager began to experience an unusual uneasiness in his heart because of his sinful condition. After several months of deep Holy Ghost conviction, he was saved by the grace of God in the summer of 1955.
Immediately upon his conversion he began to witness to others about their need of salvation. This burden became so heavy that he began to speak as a lay preacher in Sunday School classes, cottage prayer meetings, and even in church services every time he was given an opportunity.
Bro. Allen announced his calling to preach in 1961. He soon was called to be the pastor of Maple Grove Baptist Church and New Prospect Baptist Church. These were half time churches. In October, 1961, Bro. Allen was used of the Lord to organize the Concord Baptist Mission into Concord Baptist Church, and is still the pastor of that same church today. Immediately after he announced his calling into the ministry, God began to open doors for the young fiery preacher to preach revival meetings. This evangelistic ministry grew so fast that by 1964 the young preacher had to leave his job in the carpet mill and go full-time in evangelism. He continues to preach meetings week after week across the country in both small and large churches.
In the late 1960’s, God began to lay a burden on Bro. Allen’s heart for a Camp Meeting in the area where he lived. After much prayer and waiting upon the Lord, Faith Baptist Camp was born with the first Camp Meeting held under a large tent on the grounds in June, 1970. Faith Baptist Camp has been very blessed of the Lord, and has been used to be a blessing to so many people and churches across America.
Now as an older man Dr. Allen is held in high respect by all the Fundamental Baptists all across the country that knows him. He is known as an Evangelist, a Revivalist, a Camp Meeting Preacher, a Pastor, and a Preacher’s Friend by those who know him and love Old Fashion Christianity. He now holds two Honorary Doctorate Degrees. Dr. Allen was married on December 28, 1962, to Jimmie Lou Wilson. She has stood by his side as a faithful, loving, God-fearing wife in every task he has attempted. God has blessed their home with two sons and one daughter. Every student of Faith Baptist Institute will be affected by the leadership of this dynamic man of God.