David L. Allen is a Distinguished Professor of Preaching, Director of the 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 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 Dr. Allen’s 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).