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Our November quarterly for St. Louis (Nov. 10th), Kansas City (Nov. 12th) and Ozark (13th) will featuring Jason Allen focusing on “The Gospel and Exclusivity”.
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Born on Nov. 5, 1976, in Mobile, Ala., Jason K. Allen was raised in a Christian home, regularly attending a local SBC church with his parents. Under the preaching of Dr. Fred Wolfe, he was saved in August of 1995, and surrendered to God’s calling into the ministry in November of 1997. Allen attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, and received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science.

It was there that he began attending Bible studies, mission trips, serving the local church, leading prison and addiction ministries, and preaching at every opportunity. After leaving Spring Hill College, he then attended Southern Seminary, where he received both his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees. During his master’s work, he received the Clyde T. Francisco Preaching Award.

While at Southern Seminary, Dr. Allen served as a member of Southern Seminary’s Executive Cabinet and executive assistant to the president beginning in January 2006. He joined the faculty in 2007, teaching courses in personal spiritual disciplines, pastoral ministry, leadership, and preaching. He became the vice president of Institutional Advancement in 2009, where he led an increase in the seminary’s endowment to record numbers. Dr. Allen served as the executive director of the Southern Seminary Foundation as well.
Dr. Allen was elected by the Midwestern Board of Trustees as the seminary’s fifth president on Oct. 15, 2012, becoming the youngest seminary president in the Southern Baptist Convention, and one of the youngest presidents in American higher education. He came with a renewed vision for the school, focusing its mission and vision on a seminary’s sacred calling to serve the local church.

In addition to his seminary duties, Dr. Allen has served as pastor and interim pastor of Southern Baptist churches in Alabama and Kentucky over the past 15 years. Currently, in addition to his responsibilities as president of Midwestern Seminary, he serves the church more broadly through writing and preaching ministries including his own website,, where he writes on various topics including higher education, theology, preaching, and cultural & local church issues.

Dr. Allen married Karen Brunson on June 26, 1999. Together they have five children: Anne-Marie (10), Caroline (9), William (7), Alden (5) and Elizabeth (4).

Feature: Jared Wilson

Our November quarterly for Chicago (Nov. 17th), Detroit (Nov. 18th), and Omaha (Nov. 19th) will featuring Jared Wilson focusing on “The Gospel and Exclusivity”.

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Jared C. Wilson is the pastor of Middletown Springs Community Church in Middletown Springs, Vermont and the author of the books Your Jesus is Too Safe,Gospel Wakefulness, Gospel Deeps, The Pastor’s Justification, and the Bible study resources Abide, Seven Daily Sins, and Knowing the Bible: Romans.

His first novel, Otherworld, a supernatural thriller, is recently released from David C Cook. Jared’s articles, essays, and short stories have appeared in Rev! Magazine, Tabletalk, Exponential’s Leadership Learnings, Pulpit Helps Magazine, Disciple Magazine, Collegiate, Family Life, and at among numerous other publications.

You can encounter his passion for the ongoing reformation of the evangelical church almost daily at his blog, The Gospel-Driven Church.

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