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Jason Allen nominated to lead Midwestern


KANSAS CITY, MO. (BP) — Jason K. Allen, vice president for institutional advancement at Southern Seminary, has been selected by Midwestern Seminary’s presidential search team members as their nominee for president.

Allen, 35, also is executive director of the Southern Seminary Foundation and has concurrently served as senior pastor of Carlisle Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky.

The search committee, in response to a Baptist Press query, said it expects to bring Allen’s nomination to the board of trustees in October for an official vote. If elected, Allen will succeed R. Philip Roberts as Midwestern’s fifth president.

As a member of Southern Seminary’s executive cabinet since January 2006, Allen has been vice president of institutional advancement since 2009 and was executive assistant to the president from 2006-09. He also has taught courses in personal spiritual disciplines, pastoral ministry and preaching at Southern since 2007.

Allen, in other ministerial roles, has been senior pastor of Muldraugh Baptist Church in Muldraugh, Ky., and has worked in varying positions at churches in Alabama and Kentucky since 1998.

He holds Ph.D. and master of divinity degrees from Southern and an undergraduate degree from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala.

Allen and his wife have five children.

Midwestern Seminary has been in search of a successor to Roberts since his resignation in February. Robin D. Hadaway, the seminary’s professor of missions, has served as interim president since Feb. 10.