Amy Lindeman Allen
Assistant Professor of New Testament
Amy Lindeman Allen holds her doctorate in New Testament and Early Christianity from Vanderbilt University, with a minor emphasis in Hebrew Bible. Her dissertation, completed under the supervision of Fernando Segovia, is entitled “For Theirs is the Kingdom: (Re)membering Young Children in the Gospel of Luke.” Lindeman Allen earned her bachelor’s degree (Theology, Philosophy) from Texas Lutheran University (2003) and her Master of Divinity degree (Biblical Studies) from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (2007).
Lindeman Allen has taught at Columbia Theological Seminary (Atlanta, GA) and Truckee Meadows Community College (Reno, NV). She has presented at numerous academic conferences including: Society of Biblical Literature, Association of Teaching Theologians, Lutheran Women in Theological and Religious Studies, Religious Education Association, and a Global Conference on Childhood. She has been recognized for academic excellence as a Theology and Practice Fellow (Vanderbilt, 2010-2016); as well as receiving the Luke Acts Prize (Vanderbilt, 2015), Educational Grant (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 2010-2015), and Pacesetter Award for College Excellence (Texas Lutheran University, 2000-2003).
In addition to authoring numerous preaching helps and lectionary blogs both in print and online, Lindeman Allen has published journal articles in Currents in Theology and Mission and the Journal of Childhood and Religion. She also has two book chapters and the publication of her dissertation forthcoming.
She was ordained as a minister of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in 2007. In addition to educational work and pulpit supply, she has served for five years in full-time ministry, most recently as Co-Lead Pastor alongside her spouse, the Rev. J. Erik Allen at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, an openly welcoming and affirming downtown congregation in Reno, Nevada. Lindeman Allen has three children: Rebecca (10), Joanna (6), William (3) and a Lhasa Apso mix named Max. She enjoys spending time with her family playing card games or enjoying the splendor of God’s creation outdoors, especially at our National Parks.
Throughout her ministry Lindeman Allen has been involved in community activism and interfaith work. She has served on multiple boards, including: Leechburg Foodbank (Leechburg, PA), Kiski Valley YMCA (Leechburg, PA), Montessori School of Franklin (Franklin, TN), and Nevada Interfaith Association (Reno, NV). She has participated in community action and organizing around homelessness and housing equity, dementia friendliness, and immigration policy. During her undergraduate work Lindeman Allen also had the opportunity to study abroad in Windhoek, Namibia and volunteer within the Victory Women’s cooperative, a group of women and children committed to the economic improvement of their households and community.