Holly Allen


Holly Catterton Allen (PhD, Talbot School of Theology) is professor of family science and Christian ministries at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she holds a joint appointment in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Bible and Ministry. Dr. Allen teaches undergraduate courses such as Nurturing Spiritual Development in Children and Family Ministry, and has previously taught at John Brown University, Biola University, and Abilene Christian University. Dr. Allen's areas of scholarly interest are children's spirituality and intergenerational issues. Her newest book is InterGenerate: Transforming Churches through Intergenerational Ministry. She is the coauthor (with Christine Ross) of Intergenerational Christian Formation: Bringing the Whole Church Together in Ministry, Community, and Worship, and the editor of Nurturing Children's Spirituality: Christian Perspectives and Best Practices (Cascade, 2008). She leads two international, ecumenical conferences, the Children's Spirituality Summit and the InterGenerate, which currently meet in alternating years at Lipscomb University in Nashville. She has published articles in Christian Education Journal, Lutheran Education, Lifelong Faith, Christian Scholar's Review, and Christianity Today, along with chapters in several books. Allen is married to Dr. Leonard Allen, and they have three adult children, as well as four grandchildren.

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