We are excited to announce that Dr. Allen has accepted the position as Transitional Pastor at First Baptist Jackson. Dr. Allen has committed to being in our pulpit approximately 35 Sundays over the next year and will serve as the lead preacher of a three-member teaching team during this interim time. Over the next weeks the Interim Pastor Committee will work with Dr. Allen to select the two other members of that team.

Elected on October 15, 2012, Dr. Allen serves as the fifth president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Kansas City, Mo., and is one of the youngest presidents in all of American higher education. Since coming to Midwestern Seminary, he has led the institution to become one of the largest and fastest growing seminaries in North America.

In addition to his role as President, Dr. Allen serves the institution in the classroom, as an associate professor for preaching and pastoral ministry. More broadly, he serves the church through his preaching and writing ministries as well. He is the author of two recently-released books, The SBC & the 21st Century (B&H Publishing) and Discerning Your Call to Ministry (Moody Publishing). Dr. Allen regularly posts essays on his website, jasonkallen.com, and hosts a weekly podcast, “Preaching & Preachers,” which can also be found at jasonkallen.com.

Before coming to Midwestern Seminary, Dr. Allen served as a pastor, and as a senior administrator at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He and his wife, Karen, are both from Mobile, Ala., and have five children: Anne-Marie, Caroline, William, Alden, and Elizabeth.

Facebook: Jason k. allen
Twitter: @jasonkeithallen
Instagram: jasonkallen

Blog: http://jasonkallen.com/blog/

On Sunday morning, September 10, immediately following the worship service, we will be hosting Dr. and Mrs. Allen and their children for a ‘Meet the Allens Welcome Lunch’. Purchase tickets in the 2nd level Welcome Center.


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    Praying for you & your family. So happy you are here to serve our Lord & bring others to Christ & to bring His message to us. God bless, Ellen Hayes ( volunteer member F BCJ)

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