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
Personal Development and Discipleship
Developing Practice: Discipleship and Service
Encounters on the Edge
Contemporary Trends in Church and Mission
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.
'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.http://www.mindandsoul.info/Articles/441502/Mind_and_Soul/Resources/Pentecostal_Research_Results.aspx
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.