Allen to teach church history series at Central
Dr. Loyd Allen, Sylvan Hills Baptist Church Professor of Church History and Spiritual Formation at Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology, will be teaching a series of classes on church history at Central Baptist Church.
The classes will be Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m. in the chapel. The first class will be this Wednesday. Subsequent classes will be Oct. 9, 16 and 30.
William Loyd Allen received his bachelor of science degree 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 master of divinity and doctor of philosophy degrees. 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 in the admitting ward of a state mental hospital.
He also was the ecumenical campus minister at a Roman Catholic college and had a seven-year pastorate at a rural church.
After graduation, 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 at McAfee.
In 2000, Allen spent 10 months reading in Celtic Christianity while on sabbatical at South Wales Baptist College. He has published a history of Maryland/Delaware Baptists and another book, “Crossroads in Christian Growth”, about faith development in crises. 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 more than a decade.
His wife, Libby, works in the admissions office at McAfee, and his daughter, Clare, is a college student.