Dr. Joy Allan
MA, PhD (Aberdeen)
Lecturer in Practical Theology
Joy is a Scottish-Northern Irish mix with a passion for all things pastoral and theological. She studied for both her MA (2006) and her PhD (2018) in Practical Theology at the University of Aberdeen. In the years between she worked and served in pastoral ministry, teaching academic English, and social care both in the UK and abroad. It is perhaps no surprise then that her research interests focus around mental health, disability theology, theology and abuse, and all aspects of pastoral care. She also has a keen interest in the potential of qualitative research for theological exploration. She is an avid reader and loves any excuse to preach or speak on the above issues.
Skills for Studying Theology (Thinking Theologically)
Personal Development and Discipleship
Preaching Ecclesiology (Church and Practice)
Identity and Spiritual Formation
College Courses (Transformation Project)
Mental Health and the Church
Theology and Abuse
Worship in the Workplace
Pastoral Care Introductory Course
Pastoral Care Evening Course
As a 'Practical Theologian,' Joy's main areas of research stand at the intersection between the church and the world, and are most predominately focused upon people and practices. As such, she likes to put her money where her mouth is (!) practicing her own theology through engaging in the conversations which affect and challenge those in the public and the pews.
She is a frequent contributor to conversations on a range of theological issues, most of which are joined by a common theme of 'care.' Some examples of some recent contributons can be found here:
- 18th May 2021: Dr Joy Allan, ‘A Biblical Perspective on Mental Health.’ Panel Contributor, Evangelical Alliance Round Table Event: Mental Health.
A report on this event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/evangelicalallianceni/photos/a.516466875197244/1835709956606256/
- May 21st 2021: Guest speaker on 'The Edge' Podcast with Mark Chironna (Chironna, Mark. ‘“A Conversation with Dr Joy Allan”’. The Edge. Accessed 13 October 2021. https://open.spotify.com/episode/4sLqjXlZw07BmFPTZ38adG.)
- August 8th 2021: Panel Contributor on 'Sunday Sequence': 'Carville, Audrey. (“AI and the Health Service”’. ‘Sunday Sequence.’ Belfast, 8 August 2021. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0010g1q)
- September 16/17 2021. Guest Lecturer for Dr A Erickson at St Mark’s Theological Centre, Charles Sturt University (Canberra – Aus via zoom) ‘Practical Theological Methods – A lived and worked example.’
- October 5th 2021: Guest Speaker at 'Friends School SU, Lisburn, NI.' Allan, Dr Deborah Joy. 'Defending God? A different approach to 'explaining' suffering.'
Joy's main research interests focus around mental health, disability theology, theology and abuse, and all aspects of pastoral care. She also has a keen interest in the potential of qualitative research for theological exploration. She is an avid reader and loves any excuse to preach or speak on the above issues.
Sertraline, suffering, and the Spirit how do Pentecostal/Charismatic Christians respond faithfully to depression? Deborah Joy Allan and John Swinton Thesis (Ph.D.) Aberdeen University, 2019.
Recent articles / Reviews
Allan, D. Joy, 2021 Grant Macaskill, Autism and the Church: Bible, Theology, and Community, Studies in Christian Ethics 34(3). Pp. 407 - 408
'Lament in the Spirit? Fear, Stigma, and Pentecostal/Charismatic Responses to Depression.' June 2019, European Pentecostal Theological Association Conference, June 2019. Kolding, Denmark.
Living the ‘not yet’ as ‘now’: Prophetic speech, over-realised eschatology, and the tricky presence of ‘the other.’ January 2016. The Gender of the Apocalypse: Cross disciplinary Conference. (Queen's University Belfast and The Panacea Charitable Trust.)
Sociology and the Spirit: Doing qualitative research in 'Holy Ghost Communities.' Sept. 2015. Ecclesiology and Ethnography Conference. Durham, UK.
Pentecostal Communities: Not just communities of experience but experience shaping communities, why that matters.’ July 2015. ISSR/SISR conference. Leuven Saint Neuve, Belgium.
Sociology and the Spirit: A Review of Peter Marina’s ‘Speaking in Tongues.’ Pneuma Review, June 2015.
Responses and Rhetoric: Current thoughts on depression and the church. Mind and Soul, June 2015.
Joy has submitted and is awaiting publication of a chapter entitled ‘Suffering and the Spirit: Pentecostal Perspectives on Depression’ for a book series entitled ‘Pentecostals and the Common Good (Eds Green, Chris & Augustine, Daniela) Due to COVID she had to halt publication of a monograph on the same topic but hopes to resume with BRILL in January 2022. She also has projects in the pipeline on: Young Adults, faith loss and institutional abuse, and the intersection between OCD and Pentecostalism. Watch this space for more!
Joy has worked in a number of contexts before becoming a lecturer in BBC. Previously she was a Young Adults Pastor in a large Charismatic Anglican Church. While studying for her PhD Joy was Inter-Faith Advisor in Aberdeen Universtiy Chaplaincy. Joy also spent a number of years teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in contexts both at home and abroad; teaching, examining and creating courses for students in academic English.