"Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!"
"Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody!
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord!"
- Psalm 98:5-6
My name is Dana Allen. I am the Director of Lay Ministry, as well as Director of the Contemporary Music Ensemble at Pilgrim; though I would rather just be called a Servant of God. My wife’s name is Kimberly Jo. Yes, that is a Kentucky “Jo”. I have three beautiful daughters: Marie, Christine, and Rachel. They are my precious gift from God and I try to love and serve them every day, when my sinful self doesn’t get in the way.
I have been involved in music for most of my life. I sang in choirs and ensembles from the fifth grade, through college. I studied guitar at Mott Community college and also took private lessons. I was part of a Christian Contemporary band called the Mustard Seeds for fifteen years. Music for me is spiritual in nature and I believe that when words and concepts from the Bible and music are intertwined, it is yet another of God’s powerful tools working in our lives. It takes me places I couldn’t go on my own.
I will be running and updating the music page on Pilgrim’s site for as long as God sees fit. My purposes for the page will be divided into three sections: Updates and Events for Pilgrim’s Music Program, Thoughts and Recommendations on Current Christian Contemporary Music, and Historical/Current Ideas on Music in Christianity.