Allen Jessee, is the Lead Pastor of Highlands Fellowship and has served in ministry since 1983. In 2011, Allen joined the Highlands staff as the Maturity Pastor and then stepped into the Lead Pastor role in 2012. Prior to joining Highlands, Allen planted Community Heights Church in Claypool Hill, Virginia and pastored the church for 25 years.
Allen has lived in Southwest Virginia his entire life. After graduating from Lebanon High School, he attended Emory and Henry College and received a degree in Chemistry. He continued his education at Liberty University, receiving his Master’s degree in Biblical Studies, graduated from Luther Rice Seminary with a Masters of Divinity degree and returned to Liberty University for his Doctorate of Ministry. He is a passionate communicator, teacher and leader. He is also passionate about investing in the next generation, equipping others with leadership skills to be game-changers in their own communities.
Allen and his wife, Brenda, have five children; two are "homemade”, Martha and Joseph, and three are “heart-made”, Bella and Timmy from Ethiopia, and Chris. Both Allen and Brenda have a heart for foster care and have made a huge impact on foster care in our community.