Lisa Allen-McLaurin

Professor of Worship, Music and Spirituality
Lisa Allen-McLaurin
Gault Hall 246

Curriculum vitae


Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi, 1993
Master of Divinity, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, 2003
Master of Music Education, University of Southern Mississippi, 1989
Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, Millsaps College, 1986
Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, Millsaps College, 1986

Selected published works

The OneWord Worship Model: A New Paradigm for Church Worship Planning, Cascade Books, 2023.

A Womanist Theology of Worship: Liturgy, Justice, and Communal Righteousness, Orbis Books, 2021.

“Where Will You Go from Here?” in The Unity of the Church and Human Sexuality: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, 2017.

“Jesus Will Fix It ... Afterwhile: The Role of Gospel Music in Tyler Perry Productions” in Womanist and Feminist Responses to Tyler Perry’s Cultural Productions, Palgrave McMillan, 2014.

“In the Spirit: Worship in the African American Tradition” in Companion to the Africana Worship Book, edited by Valarie Bridgeman and Safiyah Fosua, Nashville: Discipleship Resources, 2008.

In the media

Lift Every Voice and Sing: A Musical Retrospective, September 2022.

A King’s Place: Atlanta, Georgia, video presentation of The Root Online Journal, highlighting religious leaders continuing the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., February 2019. Winner of a 2020 Webby Award (first place, People’s Voice, Public Service and Activism category).

Reflect, Reclaim, Rejoice: Preserving the Gift of Black Sacred Music, UMC Discipleship Resources, October 2014. Winner of a 2015 Emmy Award. 


A Bientot Concert, the American Church in Paris, June 7, 2023.

Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass, featuring the Adult Choir of the American Church in Paris, Good Friday, April 7, 2023.

Christmas Is Waiting to Be Born: An Advent Cantata Inspired by the Works of Howard Thurman, original choral composition, premiered at the Interdenominational Theological Center, Dec. 5, 2019.

An Evening with Dr. Lisa and Ronni Scheree at the American Church in Paris, Holy Monday, April 3, 2023.