“Anyone who would have met him would have said he was a friend because he was just that friendly of a person," Allen said of the man he considered not only a colleague, but also a friend.
Allen said he didn't know what to make of the news when he heard the churchgoers and leaders were gunned down during a prayer group.
"A lot of mixed emotions in the Allen household. My wife and I been praying for all the people down there involved," said Allen.
An unforeseen sacrifice made by his friends is something that sometimes comes with the job, explained the pastor.
"I don't know if they knew that when they got up in the morning, but that's one of the things that becomes real to us as Christian ministers now that sometimes we put our life on the line for what we believe in," said Pastor Allen.
According to Pastor Allen, five years ago Allen Temple could have faced a similar tragedy, if they didn't have armed guards in the lobby.
"Three young men armed with guns came to our church to rob people out their way out of the church and it was our security that held them at gun point and arrested them," he said.
While he feels that this tragedy may threaten the safety of a church, he wants people to understand the true tragedy that took place.
"Not just the fact someone came into the church, not just the fact it was a hate crime, but they loss a fantastic pastor."