Rev. Dr. O. Wesley Allen, Jr. is the Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Dr. Allen serves as president of the Academy of Homiletics. He earned degrees from Emory University, Yale Divinity School; and Birmingham-Southern College. Previous to Perkins, Dr. Allen served on the faculties of Lexington Theological Seminary and Drew University, and served as a local church pastor and campus minister.

He is the author and editor of numerous books on homiletics and interpretation of the New Testament, as well as many scholarly articles and published sermons. Allen’s area of expertise,the Synoptic Gospels and Acts, produced the seminal Reading the Synoptic Gospels: Basic Methods for Interpreting Matthew, Mark, and Luke (revised and expanded in 2013).

In the arena of preaching and worship, Dr. Allen has special interest in rethinking the role of preaching and liturgy in the shifting, postmodern world of the twenty-first century. Other books published with Chalice Press include Preaching Resurrection and Preaching and Reading the Lectionary: The Three Dimensions of the Liturgical Year.