Professor of Religion, Chair, Division of Religion
Division of Religion
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Dr. Allen teaches Jesus and the Gospels, World Religions, Developing the Christian Mind, The History of the Christian Church, The History of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and Prophetic Guidance in the Division of Religion.
Dr. Allen graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from La Sierra University in 1975. He completed a Master of Divinity degree at Andrews University in 1979 and finished a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1991. He received a Ph.D. degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2008.
Campus & Community Involvement:
Dr. Allen is the Chair of the Division of Religion. He is Secretary/Treasurer of the Association for Seventh-day Adventist Historians. Dr. Allen also plays the cello in the Golden Cords String Quartet and coordinates its activities.
Dr. Allen pastored in Northern California from 1976 to 1990. After spending three years at the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital Church in Hong Kong, he pastored in Southern California until 2005.
- “The Puritan Legacy of Sabbatarianism,” Ministry, 67 (March 1994)
- “Was Karlstadt a Proto-Sabbatarian?” Andrews University Seminary Studies, 44 (Spring 2006)
- Doctor of Ministry dissertation: “Rest as a Spiritual Discipline; The Meaning and Manner of Sabbath Observance,” Fuller Theological Seminary, 1991.
- Doctor of Philosophy dissertation: “Nicholas Bownde and the Context of Sunday Sabbatarianism,” Fuller Theological Seminary, 2008.
- “The Canvasback Conspiracy,” Adventist Today, 18, Spring 2010, 11-13.
- “Student Responses to Adventist Honors Education,” Adventist Education, Vol 73, 5 (April/May 2011), 43-46.
- “The Barmen Declaration: The Theologians Who Stood Against the Nazi Tide,” Light, Jan/Feb 2014, 13-22.
- “Review of John Harvey Kellogg and the Religion of Biologic Living by Brian C. Wilson.” Journal of Asia Adventist Seminary 16. 2 (2013), 191-194. Published June 2015.
- “How did the Jewish Sabbath become the Christian Sunday? A Review of the Reviews of Bacchiocchi’s From Sabbath to Sunday.” Andrews University Seminary Studies 53, No. 2, (Fall 2015), 335-351.
- “Rescued, Not Abandoned.” Light, Jan/Feb 2016, 9-19.
- Review of Here We Stand: Luther, the Reformation, and Seventh-day Adventists in Ministry, Vol. 89, No. 10 (October 2017).
Nov. 2002 Presentation to the Adventist Society for Religious Studies: “Conversation Across Generations, Genders and Cultures: A Family Dialogue.”
Nov. 2003 Presentation to the Adventist Society for Religious Studies: “Adventist Eschatology Seen From the Perspective of Centered Sets.”
Jan. 2004 Presentation at the Pasadena Mennonite Church: “Karlstadt and the Anabaptists.”
Nov. 2004 Presentation to the Adventist Society for Religious Studies: “Approaches to Conversion in a Postmodern Context,” for the Pastoral Ministry section.
Nov. 2009 Presentation to the Adventist Society for Religious Studies: “Sabbath, Healing, and Poverty in Historical Perspective.”
Nov. 2009 Presentation to the Consultation on the Sabbath, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting: “Sabbath Traditions in the Gospel of John.”
Oct. 2010 Presentation at a workshop on “Retention in Honors” at the National Collegiate Honors Society Convention.
Nov. 2010 Paper read for the Sabbath Consultation at the Society of Biblical Literature: “The Sabbath and her Sisters: Circumcision, Sacrifice, Ceremony, and Sabbath in Justin’s Dialogue with Trypho.”
Nov. 2012 Paper read for the Sabbath Consultation at the Society of Biblical Literature: “The Sabbath and the Age to Come in the Mishnah, Philo, and Augustine.”
Jan. 2014 Paper read for Adventism and Adventist History: Sesquicentennial Reflections Conference: “The anti-creedalism of Charles Beecher as a source of early Adventist historiography.”
Oct. 2014 Keynote address given at the Adventistm in China Conference in Hong Kong: “The Roots of Adventism’s Mission to China 1875 to 1903.”
Oct. 2014 Paper read at the Adventism in China Conference in Hong Kong: “The Impact of the Seventh-day Adventist Work in China on the Denomination as a Whole.”
Nov 2014 Paper read for the Sabbath in Text and Tradition Seminar at the Society of Biblical Literature: “How did the Jewish Sabbath become the Christian Sunday? A Review of the Reviews of Bacchiocchi’s From Sabbath to Sunday.”
March 2016 Paper read for Association of Seventh-day Adventist Historians: “The Impact of the Student Volunteer Movement on the Seventh-day Adventist Church”
September 2016 Taught Seventh-day Adventist History at Pacific Adventist University.
October 2016 Taught History/Doctrine of the Sabbath at the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies in the Philippines.
June 2017 Taught History of the Early and Medieval Church at the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies in the Philippines.
June/July 2017 Taught History and Doctrine of the Sabbath in Bangladesh for the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies.
July 2017 Taught The Development of Seventh-day Adventist Doctrines at an undisclosed location in a closed country.
January 2018 Read a paper at the Association of Seventh-day Adventist Historians/General Conference Archives, Research, and Statistics conference “Situating Adventism”: “The Student Volunteer Movement as Context for Seventh-day Adventist Missions”
Seventh-day Adventist Participation in the Student Volunteer Movement for Foreign Missions.
Puritan Sabbath theology and practice.
Dr. Allen has three daughters.
- Elizabeth Johnston is a physician in California.
- Rebecca Johnson works for the Yukon Territorial Government in Canada.
- Sarah Chen is a physician in Washington state.
Dr. Allen’s wife, Madalyn, has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary.