Since 1991, the Allen Family has traveled internationally. The group was launched onto the Gospel music scene with a first place finish in the 2000 National Quartet Convention Talent Search. Since then, the group has two nominations for Singing News New Mixed Group Of The Year and multiple appearances on the Southern Gospel Top 80 radio charts. Todd, Michelle, Caleb, Gabrielle, Joshua, Jared, Danielle, Abigail, Zachariah, and Christian live in their bus 365 days a year and fill over 275 engagements each year. In October of 2014, their original television pilot, Home Sweet Bus, premiered on TLC. The show is based on their unique lifestyle and follows their travels as they share the Gospel in song.
Todd and Michelle
Todd and Michelle met as music majors at William Carey College, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. They were married on December 17, 1988. After three miscarriages, they were told by medical professionals it is biologically impossible for them to have children together. During the pregnancy with their oldest son, Caleb, they were told he would be born with spina bifida and if he survived he would not be able to function. They refused to abort and, through much prayer, delivered a healthy baby boy. To this day, Caleb has a hole on his shoulder – doctors say it is what spina bifida looks like when it is on the spine. Today, it is a reminder of God’s amazing power and plan for their family. Todd and Michelle now have eight children and their oldest is now married. Caleb and Steffanie gave Todd and Michelle their first grandchildren, twin boys, Jackson and Ashton.
Caleb and Steffanie
Caleb and Steffanie met when they were four years old. When Todd was pastoring a church in Michigan, Steffanie’s father, Kevin Dodd, was the music minister at their church. Caleb began telling people he would marry Steffanie when he was only nine years old. On February 14, 2012, she finally said yes and they were married later that year on October 13. In July of 2013, Steffanie gave birth to twin boys, Jackson and Ashton. Caleb serves as office administrator for the ministry. Steffanie stays busy taking care of their children. It’s like having two full-time jobs!
Gabrielle is the oldest daughter in the family. She does most of the cooking and baking for the family. She loves lace, bass singing, and the color green.
Danielle is the middle daughter. She helps with the ministry finances. Danielle likes tigers, can’t cook, and likes to do laundry…as much as anyone can like to do laundry.
Abigail is the youngest of the daughters. She enjoys writing and contributes often to the family blog. Abby loves the Medieval and Victorian time periods, enjoys thunderstorms, and her favorite states are Kentucky and Mississippi.
Joshua is third-born and the second son. He enjoys performing, particularly acting for Christian films. He enjoys collecting knives, hiking, and loves the Great Outdoors.
Jared is an avid writer and fashion guru. He is also the world’s biggest fan of Dr. Pepper. Jared’s favorite book of the Bible is Timothy (either one).
Zachariah loves football and the Denver Broncos are his favorite NFL team. He is claustrophobic…and yet he lives on a bus. Zach thinks Coca-Cola is the greatest drink in the world. The Coca-Cola vs Dr. Pepper war rages often in the Allen bus.
Christian is the youngest in the family. He was born on the bus and Todd, Dad, delivered him. The event was broadcast on the regional news in three states. According to Christian, he has more than 82 friends all over the country and Canada. Christian is naturally creative, often making things out of cardboard, tape, and markers. Who needs toys, just give him an empty box!
Jackson and Ashton were born July 31st, 2013, to Caleb and Steffanie. They have been affectionately titled the Sons of Joy, due to their amicable nature. They both started walking recently and are getting into everything lately. Thankfully, there are plenty of helpers on the bus to keep them out of trouble.