Melisa Ortiz Berry, Ph.D., brought energy and the ability to connect with people to the 2022 Believers Church Lecture Series at Fresno Pacific University.

Under the overall title of “Rethinking the ‘E’ Word: Evangelicalism as a Shared Spirituality,” Berry spoke to three groups on the main campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno, October 5-6. Berry is associate professor of history and world Christianity at Bushnell University.

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

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.

PHOTO: Melisa Ortiz Berry speaks to students during College Hour chapel in the Warkentine Culture and Arts Center.


Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations