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Dr. David L. Allen is founder of PreachingCoach (, a ministry dedicated to equipping pastors and ministry leaders to communicate with clarity, competence, and confidence.

In 2022, Dr. Allen became the Distinguished Professor of Practical Theology and Dean of the Adrian Rogers Center for Biblical Preaching at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee.

He began preaching at age 16 and has taught preaching from the bachelor to the doctoral level since the late 1980s. He earned his MDIV from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, where he became Dean of the School of Theology in 2004, and the founding Dean of the School of Preaching in 2016. He served as the Distinguished Professor of Preaching, Director of the Center for Expository Preaching, and held the George W. Truett Chair of Pastoral Ministry.

Dr. Allen is also a graduate of The Criswell College, Dallas, Texas, where he taught and held the W.A. Criswell Chair of Preaching from 1998-2004. He earned his PhD in Humanities from the University of Texas at Arlington where he majored in Linguistics.

He has been senior pastor of two SBC churches in Texas from 1982-2004 and served as interim pastor of 13 SBC churches.

Since 1980, Dr. Allen has led or participated in more than 450 preaching workshops, conferences, revivals, and other events in the US and in more than a dozen countries abroad.

Allen is the author of seven books and co-editor of six books, as well as numerous other chapters and articles on preaching, Old Testament, New Testament, and theology.

Dr. Allen is married to Kate Finley, the Director of the Texas Division of Trinity Strategic Wealth, an affiliate of Raymond James, a global financial services firm. He has four children and nine grandchildren.

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