Allen entered the Ph.D. in theology program at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in the spring of 2018. Before coming to Southwestern, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Baylor University in 2012 and a Master of Divinity from
George W. Truett Theological Seminary in 2015.
Allen grew up in the Assemblies of God tradition and became a Baptist during his high school years. Though a committed Baptist, his experiences in the Assemblies of God church led him to investigate the role of the Holy Spirit in Scripture in order to reconcile these two traditions. His studies convinced him that the early church offers a springboard for addressing not only questions of pneumatology but also other issues that have historically divided denominations.
In addition to his studies at Southwestern, Allen serves as the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Onalaska, TX. His commitment to the local church is one of the reasons he applied to Southwestern, joining the legacy of pastors and scholars equipped by the seminary to “Preach the Word. Reach the World.” In this vein, he hopes to build bridges, whether in the pulpit or in the academy, so that the Gospel of Jesus Christ might spread to the ends of the earth.
Allen is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the North American Patristics Society.