a farm,” Allen says. “But it’s also so much more. It represents a dream and a mission that have been a long time in the making.” Allen’s first career was in farming, but he left to attend McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. While at school, it quickly became clear that he didn’t want to go into traditional congregational ministry. “For years, I kept trying to figure out how to combine farming with service to build an intentional, mission-driven community,” Allen says. Allen did work in traditional churches for 15 years, first in Indiana and then in Kentucky. Then, in 2014, he, Ben and LEFT Rob Womack, center, turns over soil in preparation for a new crop. BELOW Casey Collins and Fleming Talton play music during the church service.