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Allison deForest

Director of Graduate Studies, Institutional Assessment and Administrative Faculty in Biblical Studies



Bachelor of Music, St. Olaf College
B.S., (Chemical Engineering), University of New Mexico
M.S., Environmental Engineering, University of Central Florida
M.Div., Wartburg Theological Seminary
Master of Letters, University of St Andrews
Ph.D., The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

The Rev. Dr. Allison deForest serves as the director of graduate programs, director of distributed learning and co-op programs and as director of institutional assessment with responsibility for ULS’ relationships with the Association of Theological Schools and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. She also serves as an adjunct professor teaching classes in New Testament. Her areas of research are John’s Gospel and Biblical Justice.

“I find deep meaning in teaching and mentoring students,” Dr. deForest said, “and I’m committed to fostering good relationships with our accrediting bodies.”

Dr. deForest is married to Christopher deForest,  Bishop of the Northeast Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA and has two children, Mallory, who is working in a career as an actor, and Beau, who is pursuing college studies in creative writing and editing. The family has two loving orange tabby cats Red and Tanner.

Pending Publications

Lifting up the Serpentin the Gospel of John: The Cross as Restorative Justice,
Christian World Imprints, 2020

Other Activities

Dr. deForest served as guest editor for Currents in Theology and Mission, The Law of Love in Matthew’s Gospel: God’s Unrelenting Passion for Justice Vol. 46 No. 4,2019. She leads Bible Studies on various topics for congregations, pastor study groups and at retreats, including a study, “What does the Bible Say about Gender and Same Sex Relationships” for the upcoming WE LOVE event for the Northeast Pennsylvania Synod, Oct. 2020. She also serves on the NEPA synod Candidacy Committee. She is a member of the Society for Biblical Literature.

Mailing Address

7301 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119