Thursday Bios


Dr. David Allen
Distinguished Professor of Preaching
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Fort Worth

David L. Allen serves as Distinguished Professor of Preaching, holds the George W. Truett Chair of Pastoral Ministry, and as the director of the Southwestern Center for Text-Driven Preaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He was married to Sherri for 37 years, who died of cancer in 2015. They had four children: Jeremy, Jared, Melody, and Kali. Jared’s wife is Joelle and they have five wonderful children: Judah, Lydia, Hudson, Ishmael, and Maranatha. Kali, and her husband Justin Geddie, married in December, 2013. God in his grace brought Kate Finley into his life and they were married in October, 2016.

Trusting Christ at age of nine, he responded to God’s call to preach at sixteen. He received the B.A. at Criswell College (1978), Master of Divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1981), and Ph.D. in Humanities with a Major in Linguistics from The University of Texas at Arlington (1987).

During his ministry he served as senior pastor of two churches for a total of 21 years, and has served as interim pastor of a dozen churches. Dr. Allen has led or been a part of over 400 revivals, Bible conferences, and lecture series, including study tours in the Philippines, Israel, Oxford and Germany. Along with numerous other articles and chapters in multi-author volumes, he is the author of Hebrews in the New American Commentary Series (Broadman & Holman, 2010); Lukan Authorship of Hebrews (B&H, 2010); 1-3 John: Fellowship in God’s Family in the “Preaching the Word” Series (Crossway, 2013); and Preaching Tools: an Annotated Survey of Commentaries and Preaching Resources for Every Book of the Bible (2014). Dr. Allen is also the co-editor and contributor of Whosoever Will: A Biblical-Theological Critique of Five-Point Calvinism (Nashville: B&H, 2010), Text-Driven Preaching­ (Nashville: B&H, 2010), The Return of Christ: a Premillennial Perspective (B&H, 2011), and Preach the Word: Essays on Biblical Preaching in Honor of Jerry Vines.

His most recent book, The Extent of the Atonement: History and Critique, was published by B&H Academic in May 2016. He is currently working on a commentary on Job (Exalting Jesus in Job) in the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary Series, edited by David Platt and Danny Akin. He can be followed on his website:

Team Worship

Brian Taylor
Associate Pastor of Worship
Prestonwood Baptist Church

Brian serves as Associate Pastor of Worship at Prestonwood Baptist Church. He and his wife Lauren have served together in worship ministry and leadership for over a decade. They are passionate about creating environments of worship that are excellent, engaging, and Spirit-empowered.

They live in Frisco, Texas, with their two beautiful kids (three kids, if you count their dog Ranger like Brian does).

Connect with Brian at

Posts by Brian:
“Introducing Breath & Clay from the Prestonwood Choir”

“The One Ingredient that Matters Most”

“How to Defeat Division on Your Team”

“Five Ways to Overcome the Identity Crisis Every Worship Leader Faces”