The Reverend Dr. Lisa Allen-McLaurin is an Emmy-award winning pastor, professor and public theologian. She is the Helmar E. Nielsen Professor of Church Music and Worship and Degree Coordinator for the Master of Arts in Liturgical Arts and Culture at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Allen-McLaurin is an ordained elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and serves as the Coordinator for Practical Ministries in the Sixth Episcopal District. She graduated from Millsaps College and the University of Southern Mississippi with Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. degrees in piano and music education. She also holds the Master of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
Dr. Allen-McLaurin’s teaching interests include worship in African-American contexts, spirituality and theology in worship, and gender issues in the Black Church. Her most recent book, Development Comes Before Deliverance (Creative Publishing, 2017), is based on a 2017 sermon series and includes a bible study and devotional journal. Her first book, Worship Matters! Essays on the Practical and Spiritual Discipline of Worship (Creative Publishing), was published in 2015. She is a contributing author to the book, The Unity of the Church and Human Sexuality: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness (UMC General Board of Discipleship) and the recently published Womanist and Black Feminist Responses to Tyler Perry Productions (Palgrave McMillan, 2014), She was a featured contributor to the Emmy-award winning documentary, Reflect, Reclaim, Rejoice: Preserving the Gift of Black Sacred Music (Discipleship Resources, 2015).
In addition to pastoring, Dr. Allen-McLaurin serves as Chair of the Sixth Episcopal District’s Committee on Ministerial Examination, CEO/founder of Creating Collegiality, a collaborative leadership mentoring program, a member of the Sisters Chapel Advisory Council at Spelman College, and a 2018 inductee into the Morehouse College Board of Preachers. Dr. Allen-McLaurin feels a great responsibility to help leaders, particularly women, shape and hone their gifts for ministry.