Allison deForest


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

The Rev. Dr. Allison deForest serves as the Kraft Assistant Professor of Biblical Studiesin New Testament. Her areas of research are John’s Gospel, Biblical Justice, and Science and Scripture.

She is also currently the director of the ULS graduate studies programs, and the director of institutional assessment with responsibility for ULS’ relationships with the Association of Theological Schools and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

“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 adult children, Mallory, who is working in a career as an actor, and Beau, who is pursuing college studies in creative writing, art and editing.



Lifting up the Serpent in 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 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