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Dr. R. Allen Jackson

Dr. R. Allen Jackson

Professor of Youth Education and Collegiate Ministry

Senior Pastor, Dunwoody Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA

Founder, Youth Ministry Institute

Office: 1445 Mt. Vernon Rd., Atlanta, GA. 30338
Office Phone: 770-280-1200
E-Mail: ajackson@nobts.edu

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1988
  • Master of Religious Education, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1983
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of Southern Mississippi, 1980

Teaching Experience

  • Professor of Youth Ministry, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1999--present
  • Adjunct Professor, Alliance Graduate Seminary, Manila, Philippines 1999-present
  • Adjunct Professor, Youth Ministry, Howard Payne University, Brownwood, TX, 2004-present
  • Associate Professor of Youth Ministry, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1999 - present
  • Assistant Professor of Youth Ministry, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1994-1999
  • Adjunct Professor, North Georgia Campus, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1992-1994
  • Guest Professor: Bryan College, Dayton, Tennessee (Staley Lecturer); Louisiana College (Staley Lecturer); Baptist College of Florida; Howard Payne University, Brownwood, Texas; Alliance Graduate School, Quezon City, Philippines; Seminario Bautista, Havana, Cuba

Teaching Specializations

  • Youth Ministry
  • Adolescent Development
  • Collegiate Ministry
  • Leadership
  • Administration

Ministry Experience

  • Senior Pastor, Dunwoody Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA
  • Interim Pastor, Crosspoint Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA 2004-2005
  • Interim Pastor, Dunwoody Baptist Church, 2002-03
  • Interim Youth Minister, FBC Picayune, Ms. 1997-1998
  • Minister with Students, Dunwoody Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA, 1989-1994
  • Minister of Youth and Education, First Baptist Church, Winnfield, LA 1984-1989
  • Minister of Youth, Memorial Baptist Church, Metairie, LA 1981-1984
  • Minister of Youth, Rowland Hills Baptist Church, Stone Mountain, GA 1980-1981

Articles and Chapters

  • "Meaningful Moments with God: A Book Review, " Discipleship Training, 1990.
  • "Youth Discipleship Taxonomy Equals Growth, " Discipleship Training, 1991.
  • "Waging Peace," Straight Trak Teen Bible Studies, Vol. 7, 1993.
  • "Out of Focus" (chapter), Help Peer Pressure, Nashville: Convention Press, 1993.
  • "Myths About Money," Straight Trak Teen Bible Studies, Vol. 5, 1993. "SBC Youth: Better or Worse," Youth Ministry Update, October 1994.
  • "Why Do I Believe That?" (chapter), Countdown: 20 Bible Studies for High School Seniors, Nashville: Convention Press, 1994.
  • "Who Am I?" (chapter), Countdown: 20 Bible Studies for High School Seniors, Nashville: Convention Press, 1994
  • "Responding Right to Authority That's Wrong," Straight Trak Teen Bible Studies, Vol. 8, 1994.
  • "I Was a Teenage Leader," Youthworker Journal, Winter 1994.
  • "Assimilating New Youth Church Members Through Mentoring," (chapter) in Basic Youth Stuff, R. Clyde Hall, compiler. Nashville: Convention Press, 1995.
  • "Mentoring Youth" A Paper Presented to The National Conference on Youth Discipleship, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 8-11, 1995.
  • "Know Your Hero's Hero," Straight Trak Teen Bible Studies, Vol. 18, 1996.
  • "Minister to the Mass," Essential Connection Devotional Magazine, Nov. 1996.
  • "Give What You've Got," Essential Connection Devotional Magazine, Nov. 1996.
  • "Spur Others Along, " Essential Connection Devotional Magazine, Nov. 1996.
  • "Courage to Encourage," Essential Connection Devotional Magazine, Nov. 1996.
  • "A Comfort Chain Reaction," Essential Connection Devotional Magazine, Nov. 1996.
  • "Strengthen Your Comfort Zone," Essential Connection Devotional Magazine, Nov. 1996.
  • "Words of Encouragement," Essential Connection Devotional Magazine, Nov. 1996.
  • "Youth Education: Praxis, Process, and Partnering" in VBC Educator, Vienna, Virginia, May 1996.
  • "The Changing Family" in Youth Ministry Update, October, 1996.
  • "A Letter from Jeremy--What Teenagers Need Most (from their Single Parent)" in Single Pursuits, November 1996.
  • "Theology and Youth Ministry," The Theological Educator, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Faculty Journal, Fall 1997.
  • "The X-Faith," Straight Trak Teen Bible Studies, Vol. 23, 1997.
  • "Designer Genes," Staight Trak Teen Bible Studies, Vol. 23, 1997.
  • TM412 (contributor, Bible Studies), 1997.
  • "Theology and Youth Ministry." The Theological Educator. Volume 56, Fall 1997.
  • "CyberChristians of the 21st Century," in Youth Ministry Update, October, 1998.
  • "Does the Church Need Youth Ministry?" in American Baptist Quarterly, Spring, 1999.
  • "Family Friendly Youth Ministry in Southern Baptist Churches," Youth Ministry Update, 2000.
  • "3rd Century Youth Ministry," Youth Ministry Update, October 2000.
  • "Effects of Music Style Preference on Behavior in Christian Adolescents," Marriage and Family, Volume 3, No.3. 2000.
  • "Analysis of Aggression in Adolescents" with Jim Graham and Rick Morton. A major paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Youth Ministry Educators, Toronto, Ontario, 2000.
  • "Revisiting Strategic Planning in Youth Ministry," Youth Ministry Update, 2001.
  • "Stones in the Jordan," Group Magazine May/June 2001.
  • "Ministry" (chapter), Basic Student Ministry in the Kingdom-Focused Church, 2003.
  • "Competencies in Youth Ministry" (chapter), This Way to Youth Ministry Companion Guide. Edited by Len Kageler, Youth Specialties/Zondervan, 2004.
  • "Ask Allen" (on-going column) in Leading Student Ministry magazine, 2003-2006.
  • "Thinking about Giving Up on Youth Ministry?" Leading Student Ministry magazine, Vol.3, No.4, Fall 2006.
  • "Beginning With The End In Mind," Student Life Magazine
  • Psalm 119 and Matthew 5 devotionals in Student Life Bible
  • "Hello & Goodbye, How to Enlist and Disengage Volunteers," YouthWorker Journal, July/August 2008
  • "Parenting With Style," Living With Teenagers magazine, LifeWay Christian Resources, March 2009
  • "Spiritual Formation and Teenagers", MORF magazine, StudentLife, Fall 2011
  • "Becoming: Teen Spiritual Development", ParentingTeens magazine, LifeWay, October 2012
  • “Development, Compartmentalization and Faith Formation”,Parenting Teens, LifeWay, October 2012
  • "The Beatitudes and Spiritual Formation", MORF magazine, StudentLife, Fall 2012
  • “Adolescent Journey: A Book Review”, Issues of Practical Matters, Emory University, Spring 2013
  • Chapter in Interpersonal Relationship Skills for Ministers, “Teenagers in a Minister’s Home
  • Ongoing Project- Alabama Baptist Convention, Classroom to Classroom- Impacting local church youth ministry and leaders, 24 total articles for training youth pastors
  • “Jesus, Prayer and the Flipped Classroom,” YouthWorker Journal, July-August 2015

Books

  • Connected, Commited and a Little Bit Crazy with Randy Johnson. Nashville: Baptist Sunday School Board, 1996.
  • Into Their Shoes with John Kramp. Nashville: Convention Press (Lifeway), 1996.
  • Followology @ Collegiate Ministry. Nashville: Convention Press (LifeWay), 1998.
  • Teaching Youth: Leaders, Lessons, and Lifestyles. with Richard Barnes. Nashville: LifeWay Press, 2000.
  • Introducing the 21st Century Teenager with Dwayne Ulmer. Nashville: LifeWay Press 2001 (print on demand). Also downloadable (free) at http://www.lifeway.com/understanding/youth/index.asp
  • The Retreat Notebook 2 with Judi Jackson. Nashville: LifeWay Press, 2000.
  • TEACH: An Ordinary Person's Guide to Good Bible Study. Birmingham: Student Life Publlishing, August 2008.
  • Unframed. Richard A. Jackson, 2012.
  • “Thinking Critically about Families and Youth Ministry” (chapter) in A Call to Adoption. Ada, MI.: Baker Publishing Group, 2014.

  • "Teenagers in a Minister's Home" (chapter) in Argile Smith and Jeanine Bozeman, Interpersonal Relationship Skills for Ministers, Gretna, LA.: Pelican Publishing, revision 2014.
  • “Essential #8: Provide Quality Ministry to Youth/Collegiate Students and their Whole Families,” (chapter) Youth/Collegiate Students Christian Education: 12 essentials for Effective Church Ministry to Students, Families, and Volunteer Teachers (Coppell, TX.: Christian Leadership Publishing), 2015.

  • DISCIPLE: The Ordinary Person’s Guide to Discipling Teenagers (Birmingham, AL.: YouthMinistry 360), 2015.
  • “How Does Teaching Contribute to Discipleship?” in, Teaching the Next Generations, Terry Linhart, comp. Ada, MI.: Baker Publishing Group, 2015.

Presentations

  • Frequent speaker/preacher at youth camps, youth retreats, youth rallies
  • Conference leader, training adult volunteers, Sunday school workers, full- and part-time youth ministers

      Current Major Presentations Include:

    • Parenting in the Digital Age
    • Youth Ministry Strategy and Model
    • Dealing with Practical Issues of Homosexuality in Youth Ministry
    • Navigating the Media Maze

Family

  • Married to Judi Jackson since 1983 (and going strong). Judi is a writer, teacher, conference leader and worship leader. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in Journalism and from NOBTS with an MRE in Youth Education, and earned her PhD in May 2005. Her strengths are in the areas of: personal fitness as it relates to ministry, women's ministry, and parenting.
  • Children are Aaron and Sarah

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