The Woke SWBTS President Adam Greenway continues his purge of conservatives at the Southern Baptist seminary as he fired Dr. David Allen.
Here is the statement from Dr. David Allen:
After 18 years at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary as Distinguished Professor of Preaching, my service will conclude July 31, 2022. This press release explains my departure.
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Will Not Retain Distinguished Professor of Preaching
David L. Allen, Distinguished Professor of Preaching and faculty member at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) for the past 18 years, will not be retained by the administration beyond July 31st.
In an April 22 email from SWBTS President Adam Greenway, the George W. Truett Chair of Pastoral Ministry and director of SWBTS’s Center for Text-Driven Preaching, was informed that his full-time faculty position would be eliminated at the end of July. Greenway advised Allen further that his employment status had been unilaterally designated for retirement with the title of “Senior Professor.”
On May 28th, Allen informed Dr. Greenway and the SWBTS’s Board of Trustees in a nine-page letter that he had no intention to retire or resign from his Distinguished Professorship at the Fort Worth, Texas seminary.
“My full-time employment was terminated by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary,” Allen said. “Dr. Greenway’s letter states that my full-time status ends July 31st.”
One of only two SWBTS faculty members with Distinguished Professorships in the School of Theology, Allen recently completed a year-long sabbatical after receiving an “excellent” rating for his faculty evaluations over the previous two academic years.
Allen said he had looked forward to resuming his teaching responsibilities this fall. Consequently, he declined Greenway’s directive that he accept a “Senior Professor” role which is a retirement position void of full-time salary and benefits.
Before joining the faculty at SWBTS, Allen served for 12 years on the school’s Board of Trustees, including one year as chairman. During his 18 years on the faculty, he served for 12 years as the Dean of the School of Theology and for four years as founding dean of the School of Preaching. The Board of Trustees appointed Allen to his Distinguished Professorship in 2016.
Allen said he looks forward to continuing his homiletics teaching career, as well as continuing to lead his non-profit ministry, Preachingcoach.com, which provides mentoring, coaching and encouragement for pastors and ministry leaders.
“I shall always cherish the countless special friendships and relationships forged over the years,” Allen said. “Including my three years as a student from 1978 to 1981, I have spent half of my life in service to the King at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.”