“Rethinking the ‘E’ Word: Evangelicalism as a Shared Spirituality” is the title and theme of the 2022 Believers Church Lecture Series, Wednesday-Thursday, October 5-6, 2022, at Fresno Pacific University.

Melisa Ortiz Berry, Ph.D., associate professor of history and world Christianity at Bushnell University, will be the guest speaker at three events on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno:

Wednesday, October 5

  • “Dreaming Big with Henrietta Mears,” chapel message, 10:00-10:50 a.m., Warkentine Culture and Arts Center, free admission
  • “The Women who Reveal a Shared Historic Evangelical Spirituality,” community lecture, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Wiebe Educational Center (WEC) 114, free admission, tickets recommended

Thursday, October 6

  • “The Prophetic and Evangelistic Agency of 20th Century Women through Popular Christian Music,” presidential breakfast, 7:30-9:00 a.m., Wiebe Educational Center (WEC) 114, $10 admission, tickets required

Tickets for all events and more information at fpu.edu/bcls2022

In her research, Melisa Ortiz Berry has focused on evangelical women, orthodoxy, power and marginalization and Christianity on the borderlands. Her ministry work is done through social media at @DrBerryDaily. She lives in Eugene, OR, where she loves to hike and bike with her husband and twin daughters.

The Believers Church Lecture Series is an ongoing exploration of the relevance of the Believers Church tradition for the shape of contemporary Christian thought and life. It is supported by an endowment established by the late Dr. Herbert and Jessica Penner of Bakersfield, CA.


Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations