Amy Allen is the energetic Director of DC United (DCU), the youth ministry of UCM. Her background as an educator makes her a perfect fit for reaching both middle school and high school students. Prior to moving to Manila in 2011 and joining UCM, Amy put her degree in Biology to work as a middle school science teacher; a health science presenter at a family-friendly science museum in North Carolina; and an Education Coordinator working with those at high-risk or living with HIV/AIDS in Oregon.
She will be the first to admit that she feels like a 12 year old trapped in an adult body—a trait that has endeared her to the teenagers she serves. As for her passion for ministering to the youth, Amy says it best: “I love working with teenagers because they’re real, and they’re fun, and I believe God is going to use them to change the world because the minute you tell them something can’t happen, they set out to prove you wrong.”
Born in South Carolina, she loves being a Southerner, amusement parks, Sour Patch Kids, and playing pranks—especially on Pastor Charlie.
Amy is single with over 50 kids she calls her own (that’s the youth of DC United to the rest of us).
If you’re looking for Amy, you can find her ministering to her kids in schools, lock-ins, and everywhere else the youth can manage to wedge themselves in.
Or you can just email her at email@example.com.
Get to know more about Amy
How did you come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior?
I became a Christian when I was 11 years old at a Billy Graham Crusade. About 10 years later as a junior in college, I realized until that time, that I could say Jesus was my Savior but not my Lord. I had a Savior moment and Lord moment about 10 years apart.
What fans your passion for ministering at UCM?
Kids are kids no matter where they are in the world, but what I love about DCU is the diversity—the personalities, the cultures, the backgrounds—all meshing together. Because of the transient nature of UCM and the kids of DCU, we consider ourselves a “launching pad” for people. My dream is this: that the kids that come to DCU will so catch on fire with a love for Jesus that if and when their family moves or repatriates, God will use them to set another corner of the world on fire with love for Him.
What is your life verse?
2 Corinthians 4:7 “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”