Wm. Loyd Allen

loyd allenSylvan Hills Baptist Church Professor of Church History and Spiritual Formation

Ph.D. 1984, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity 1978, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, B.S. 1974, University of Montevallo, Alabama

Office:  (678) 547-6472
Fax: (678) 547-6478
E-mail: allen_wl@mercer.edu


Dr. Allen holds the Sylvan Hills Chair of Baptist Heritage and is Professor of Church History and Spiritual Formation at McAfee.  He received his B.S (1974) with a double-major in psychology and sociology from the University of Montevallo in Alabama.  His training for Christian ministry took place at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where he was awarded the M.Div. (1978) and Ph.D. (1984).  During his years as a student, he served part-time as an aide on a psychiatric ward, a chaplain in the emergency room of an urban hospital and the admitting ward of a state mental  hospital, the ecumenical campus minister at a Roman Catholic college, and had a seven-year pastorate at a rural church. 

After graduation, Dr. Allen took a job as religion professor and campus minister at Brewton-Parker College in south Georgia for five years before moving back to Louisville for three years on the church history faculty of Southern Seminary.  In 1992, Mississippi College called him to become the head of its Christianity department.  He left Mississippi after three years to become professor of church history and spiritual formation on the founding faculty of the McAfee School of Theology.  He continues to feel fortunate to be employed by a school of theology with such a balance of determination to achieve academic excellence and desire to support the ministries of the local church.  Dr. Allen teaches in the areas of church history, Baptist heritage and spirituality. 

In 2000, Dr. Allen spent ten months reading in Celtic Christianity while on sabbatical at South Wales Baptist College.  Upon his return, he was named to the Sylvan Hills Baptist Church Chair of Baptist Heritage.  Baptist heritage and Christian spirituality remain his greatest areas of interest.  He has published a history of Maryland/Delaware Baptists and another book, Crossroads in Christian Growth, about faith development in crises.  A quick internet search of the numerous journal articles Dr. Allen has published will reveal such titles on Baptist heritage as “How Baptists Assessed Hitler” in Christian Century or “’Exquisite Powers’: Ann Baker Graves and Corinthia Read Williams, Obedient Revolutionaries,” in Baptist History and Heritage.  Dr. Allen’s spirituality interests appear in articles such as “Intentional Protestant Monastic Communities,” in One in Christ or “Thomas Merton and E. Glenn Hinson: The Aggiornamento of Spiritual Formation among Progressive Baptists,” in The Merton Seasonal.  In the near future, look for a textbook for teaching spiritual formation to ministerial students and a monograph on global Baptist spirituality.  Off campus, Dr. Allen is a frequent faculty member for the prestigious Academy of Spiritual Formation and has been the Executive Director of the W. H. Whitsitt Baptist Heritage Society for over a decade.

Dr. Allen’s personal life revolves around his family and church.  His wife, Libby, works in the admissions office at McAfee, and his daughter, Clare, is a college student.   At Parkway Baptist Church in the Atlanta suburb of Duluth, Dr. Allen teaches a popular Bible study on Sunday mornings and Libby serves as a deacon.  For relaxation in the city, he enjoys reading novels, watching movies and playing tennis.  Whenever they can, he and Libby head for the woods to hike, which may be a pleasure rising from Dr. Allen’s childhood in rural Cuba, Alabama. 

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