Wheaton College, BA, MA, PhD (Biblical and Theological Studies: Systematic).
Dr. Allen teaches students to delight in the careful study of God’s mighty deeds (Psalm 111:2), integrating the study of Bible and theology to prepare students for faithful ministry of worship and witness in local churches. He wants to train students to seek renewal by way of retrieval, drawing on the resources of the Christian past for the sake of contemporary theological reflection. Two principal concerns shape his classes and his writing: theological commentary on the Bible and the recovery of dogmatic theology in the catholic and reformed confessional tradition.
The son of a lawyer who became a Presbyterian minister, he grew up in both the South and in South Florida. Prior to joining the faculty at Knox in 2009, he taught undergraduate and graduate students at Wheaton College. He is a teaching elder in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and enjoys serving in local churches. With Dr. Scott Swain, he serves as general editor of the T & T Clark International Theological Commentary and the New Studies in Dogmatics series for Zondervan Academic. He also serves as book review editor for the renowned International Journal of Systematic Theology.
When not busy at the seminary, he enjoys time with his wife Emily and his two sons, watching NBA basketball, running, reading, the beach, and sweet tea.
Dr. Allen has published articles in various academic journals such as the Journal of Theological Interpretation, Scottish Journal of Theology, Horizons in Biblical Theology, Westminster Theological Journal, European Journal of Theology, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, and the International Journal of Systematic Theology.
Dr. Allen is currently writing a book on the doctrine of sanctification as well as editing a number of volumes (including two with Scott Swain: a major team-written systematic theology textbook entitled Christian Dogmatics and the Oxford Handbook of Reformed Theology).