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Sarah Allen joins faculty to direct DMin and SPM programs

The Reverend Dr. Sarah Allen (MDiv’07, DMin’ 19) has joined the Austin Seminary faculty as Director of the Doctor of Ministry (DMin‚ and Supervised Practice of Ministry (SPM) programs. The Austin Seminary Board voted to call her on November 2 and she began work on January 1, 2022, following the retirement of The Reverend Dr. Paul Hooker.

Allen earned her Master of Divinity degree from Austin Seminary in 2007 and the Doctor of Ministry degree in 2019. A summa cum laude graduate of Austin College (religion and Spanish), she has served First Presbyterian Church, Austin, for the past fourteen years as Pastor for Children, Youth, and Families.

“In interviews that the advisory committee conducted with candidates over the summer, Rev. Allen emerged as the obvious choice for this important faculty position,” says Academic Dean David Jensen. “She brings to the position a keen intellect, a warm pastoral heart, extensive ministry experience at the local and presbytery levels, and creative leadership for the future of the church.”

Allen also brings a wealth of experience in teaching—both in churches and at the Seminary as an adjunct professor. Reflecting on this transition in her ministry, Reverend Allen noted: “I am excited to return to the Austin Seminary community once again, this time as a member of the faculty. I look forward to the partnerships with students, pastors, and congregations; both the Supervised Practice of Ministry as well as the Doctor of Ministry programs at Austin Seminary have been significant in my own ministry and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to direct these important programs and equip others for service in Christ's church.”