David Allen

David L. Allen serves as Distinguished Professor of Preaching, Director of the Southwestern Center for Expository Preaching, and holds the George W. Truett Chair of Pastoral Ministry at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He was previously Dean of the School of Theology from 2004-2016 and Dean of the School of Preaching from 2016-2020. In October, 2021, Dr. Allen launched Preaching Coach as part of David L. Allen Ministries. 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 more than a dozen churches. Dr. Allen has led or been a part of over 500 revivals, Bible conferences, and lecture series, including study tours and conferences in the Philippines, Israel, Oxford, Germany, Nigeria, Zambia, Peru, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, India, and Kazakhstan. Along with numerous other articles and chapters in multi-author volumes, he is the author of The Extent of the Atonement: A Historical and Critical Review (B&H, 2016); 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 Anyone Can be Saved: A Defense of “Traditional” Southern Baptist Soteriology (Wipf & Stock, 2016); 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 (2014). He is the author of a commentary on Job (Exalting Jesus in Job) in the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary Series, edited by David Platt and Danny Akin,spring 2022; and Calvinism: A Biblical and Theological Critique (B&H Academic, spring 2022). He can be followed on his website: preachingcoach.com; Facebook (David Lewis Allen) and on Twitter (@DrDavidLAllen). His Dr. Allen is married to Kate, who is a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones. He has four children and eight grandchildren.