How God might speak to people today through Jesus’ interaction with women will be the subject of the Janzen Lectureship in Biblical Studies March 28-30, 2019, at Fresno Pacific University.

Kara J. Lyons-Pardue, Ph.D., associate professor of New Testament, Point Loma Nazarene University, will speak in forums presented by FPU’s Division of Biblical & Religious Studies. Lyons-Pardue will focus on stories in the Book of Mark, and participants we will be asked to consider what the implications of Jesus’ interactions might be and how we might live into this vision of God’s kingdom. All events are free of charge and take place on the main FPU Campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno

Thursday, March 28

Richard Thiessen Conference Center, AIMS Center-Wiebe Education Building

  • 6:30 p.m. Dessert reception, Thiessen Conference Center Courtyard
  • 7:00 p.m. Lecture: “‘Little Daughters’ and Big Scriptural Allusions: Reading Three of Mark’s Stories Featuring Women with Care.”

Friday, March 29

FPU Special Events Center

  • 10:00 a.m. College Hour: “A Tale of Two Daughters (Mark 5:21-43)”

Lyons-Pardue is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene who in Spring 2019 adds a new role as co-director of the Margaret Stevenson Center for Women's Studies at PLNU. Her research focuses on the Gospels, particularly Mark, women in Scripture and theological interpretation. She co-edited and contributed a chapter on Jesus and women to the book Following Jesus: Prophet, Priest, King with Foundry Publishing, and her commentary on Philemon will be in the New Beacon Bible Commentary series. Lyons-Pardue is an ongoing contributor to pastoral and church educational resources, including the Illustrated Bible Life curriculum. Her Ph.D. in Biblical Studies is from Princeton Theological Seminary, her M.Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary and her B.A. in Philosophy/Religion is from Northwest Nazarene University. She and husband Charlie have two daughters.

The Edmund Janzen Lectureship in Biblical Studies promotes careful scholarship in biblical interpretation as well as the witness of the Christian church. The lectures are intended for university faculty and students, pastors and lay leaders and are made possible each spring through an endowment established in 2005 to honor the 35 years Edmund Janzen served Fresno Pacific University as president and faculty member. Safwat Marzouk, Ph.D., associate professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, is scheduled to be the 2020 lecturer.

To support the scholarship, contact the FPU Advancement Office, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Box 2007, Fresno, CA 93702. More information is available at 559-453-2080, by email at or online at

The Biblical & Religious Studies division (BRS) of the School of Humanities, Religion & Social Sciences prepares students for a life of service to God and the needs of the world through programs in biblical & religious studies, contemporary Christian ministries, intercultural studies and Christian ministry & leadership as well as general education courses.


Wayne Steffen
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