Wheaton College, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

About Dr. Allen

Dr. Mike Allen joined the faculty of RTS-Orlando in 2015 and serves as John Dyer Trimble Professor of Systematic Theology and Academic Dean of the Orlando campus. He teaches core courses related to systematic theology and historical theology.

Dr. Allen’s research interests range widely over the various topics of Christian doctrine and eras of church history. He is eager to guide students to grow in their ability to retrieve theological riches from the past for the sake of renewing contemporary reflection, worship, and witness. In this vein, he is committed to Reformed catholicity as a confession and a posture for doing theology and approaching ministry today. He is presently writing a theological commentary on Ephesians. With Dr. Scott Swain, he serves as general editor of the T & T Clark International Theological Commentary series and the New Studies in Dogmatics series for Zondervan Academic.

He grew up in both the South and then in South Florida. He previously taught at Knox Theological Seminary for five years, where he held the D. James Kennedy Chair of Systematic Theology and also served as Dean of the Faculty. He is a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church in America and regularly preaches throughout central Florida.

Dr. Allen and his wife, Emily, have two sons, Jackson and Will. He enjoys playing and watching basketball, running, and reading.



  • (ed. with Scott Swain), The Oxford Handbook of Reformed Theology (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018).
  • Grounded in Heaven: Recentering Christian Hope and Life in God (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2018).
  • Sanctification (New Studies in Dogmatics; Grand Rapids: Zondervan Academic, 2017).
  • (ed. with Scott R. Swain), Christian Dogmatics: Reformed Theology for the Church Catholic (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016).
  • (ed. with Jonathan Linebaugh), Reformation Readings of Paul: Explorations in History and Exegesis (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2015).
  • (with Scott R. Swain), Reformed Catholicity: The Promise of Retrieval in Theology and Biblical Interpretation (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2015).
  • Justification and the Gospel: Understanding the Contexts and Controversies (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013).
  • Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics: An Introduction and Reader(London: T & T Clark, 2012).
  • (ed.), Theological Commentary: Evangelical Perspectives(London: T & T Clark, 2011).
  • Reformed Theology (Doing Theology; London: T & T Clark, 2010).
  • The Christ’s Faith: A Dogmatic Account (T & T Clark Studies in Systematic Theology 2; London: T & T Clark, 2009).


  • “Confessions,” in David Fergusson and Paul Nimmo (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Reformed Theology(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016).
  • “The Visibility of the Invisible God,” Journal of Reformed Theology 9, no. 3 (2015): 249-269.
  • “Sacraments in the Reformed and Anglican Reformation,” in Hans Boersma and Matthew Levering (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Sacramental Theology (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015).
  • (with Scott R. Swain), “The Obedience of the Eternal Son,” International Journal of Systematic Theology 15, no. 2 (2013): 114-134.
  • “The Perfect Priest: Calvin on the Christology of Hebrews,” in Jon Laansma and Daniel Treier (eds.), Christology, Hermeneutics, and Hebrews: Profiles from the History of Interpretation (Library of New Testament Studies 423; London: T & T Clark, 2012), 120-134.
  • “Exodus 3 after the Hellenization Thesis,” Journal of Theological Interpretation 3, no. 2 (2009): 179-196.