Understanding the “most misunderstood Gospel” will be the aim of the 2024 Janzen Lectureship in Biblical Studies.

“Mark: The Most Misunderstood Gospel” is the title of a series by Tim Geddert, Ph.D., emeritus professor of New Testament at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. The lectureship will be March 21-23, hosted by the Fresno Pacific University Biblical & Religious Studies Division and North Fresno Church. 

All presentations are free and open to the public. RSVP required for March 23 lecture and lunch. Sign up at:  2024 Janzen Lectures in Biblical Studies: "Rehabilitating Mark” Registration, Thu, Mar 21, 2024 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite


  • March 21
    “Rehabilitating Mark” 
    6:00 p.m. | Dessert Reception 
    6:30 p.m. | Lecture
    Theissen Conference Room (WEC114) and Courtyard at Fresno Pacific University
    1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno
  • March 22
    “Following Jesus for All Its Worth!” 
    10:00 a.m.
    BC Lounge (NOH132) at Fresno Pacific University
    1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno
  • March 23
    Lecture and Lunch
    9:30 a.m. | Welcome/Registration 
    10:00 a.m. | “Jesus on the World Stage: The Passion Drama in Four Acts” 
    11:30 a.m. | Free Luncheon 
    North Fresno Church, 5724 N. Fresno St., Fresno
    RSVP Required 

About the speaker
Tim Geddert, Ph.D., was born and raised in Canada. He has written numerous books in English and German and been a resource to churches and schools in many countries. His primary ministry has been teaching New Testament at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary from 1986 through 2023. The Gospel of Mark has been his specialty, and he continues to be astonished at Mark’s artistry and theological depth.

About the Janzen Lectureship 
The Edmund Janzen Lectureship in Biblical Studies promotes care­ful scholarship in biblical interpretation as well as the witness of the Christian church among university faculty and students, pastors and lay leaders. The lectureship is made possible through an endowment honoring the 35 years Edmund Janzen served Fresno Pacific as president and faculty member and reflects the value Janzen taught his students. 

About the Biblical & Religious Studies Division 
The FPU Biblical & Religious Studies Division (BRS) prepares students for a life of mission in service to God and the needs of the world through biblical, religious and theological studies as well as Christian ministry and leadership. 

Support the Janzen Lectureship in Biblical Studies through gifts made online at: fpu.edu/give/giving-opportunities, submitted over email to: giving@fresno.edu or mailed to: Advancement Office, Fresno Pacific University, Attn: Janzen Lecture Endowment, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Box 2007, Fresno, CA 93702.



Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations