David L. Allen

Distinguished Professor of Preaching
George W. Truett Chair of Ministry
Director of the Southwestern Center for Text-Driven Preaching

David L. Allen


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B.A., Criswell College, 1978
M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1981
Ph.D. in Humanities with a Major in Linguistics, The University of Texas at Arlington, 1987

David L. Allen serves as Distinguished Professor of Preaching, holds the George W. Truett Chair of Pastoral Ministry, and as the director of the Southwestern Center for Text-Driven Preaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He was married to Sherri for 37 years, who died of cancer in 2015. They had four children: Jeremy, Jared, Melody, and Kali. Jared’s wife is Joelle and they have five wonderful children: Judah, Lydia, Hudson, Ishmael, and Maranatha. Kali, and her husband Justin Geddie, married in December, 2013. God in his grace brought Kate Finley into his life and they were married in October, 2016.

Trusting Christ at age of nine, he responded to God’s call to preach at sixteen. He received the B.A. at Criswell College (1978), Master of Divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1981), and Ph.D. in Humanities with a Major in Linguistics from The University of Texas at Arlington (1987).

During his ministry he served as senior pastor of two churches for a total of 21 years, and has served as interim pastor of a dozen churches. Dr. Allen has led or been a part of over 400 revivals, Bible conferences, and lecture series, including study tours in the Philippines, Israel, Oxford and Germany. Along with numerous other articles and chapters in multi-author volumes, he is the author of Hebrews in the New American Commentary Series (Broadman & Holman, 2010); Lukan Authorship of Hebrews (B&H, 2010); 1-3 John: Fellowship in God’s Family in the “Preaching the Word” Series (Crossway, 2013); and Preaching Tools: an Annotated Survey of Commentaries and Preaching Resources for Every Book of the Bible (2014). Dr. Allen is also the co-editor and contributor of Whosoever Will: A Biblical-Theological Critique of Five-Point Calvinism (Nashville: B&H, 2010), Text-Driven Preaching­ (Nashville: B&H, 2010), The Return of Christ: a Premillennial Perspective (B&H, 2011), and Preach the Word: Essays on Biblical Preaching in Honor of Jerry Vines.

His most recent book, The Extent of the Atonement: History and Critique, was published by B&H Academic in May 2016. He is currently working on a commentary on Job (Exalting Jesus in Job) in the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary Series, edited by David Platt and Danny Akin. He can be followed on his website: www.drdavidlallen.com, Facebook (David Lewis Allen) and on Twitter (@DrDavidLAllen).  

Pray for me. Preaching Luke 16:19-31, “The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus,”tomorrow @SunnyvaleFBC. Hell is no joke.

Your Friday Five July 23, 2021 https://drdavidlallen.com/your-friday-five-july-23-2021/

Surviving and Thriving in Ministry … Together! https://www.namb.net/church-replanting/resource/surviving-and-thriving-in-ministry-together/ via @NAMB_SBC

“Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.” Jordan Peterson

As far as I’ve been able to tell, all Lutheran theologians recognize Luther held to unlimited atonement. And I mean all without exception not all without distinction! 😁