Gender Talk: Pt #4 of Episode 2

"Gender Talk: Where are the Boundaries" is a series of conversations with women from a variety of perspectives. Their expertise and forthrightness on issues of women inequality are crucial for such a time as this. This second 4-part episode on a "Theological Vision for Gender Equality" include the following leaders:

1. Ella Thompson is a sought after international speaker and teacher. She is the Senior Pastor of Truth and Life Christian Church, the President of the Institute for Leadership & Management Excellence and the founder of the Women in Leadership Alliance. Committed to leadership development, she has convened numerous conferences committed to equipping, empowering and educating women who are called to or currently serve in business and ministry leadership. She works extensively to revitalize theological education and to educate administrators in seminaries and divinity schools in the United States and Canada. She holds a B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University, dual M.A. degrees from Regent University USA, and a Ph.D. in Theology and Religious Studies. Her research has been in an interdisciplinary study in leadership studies from King’s College London, England. Her dissertation, Female Propheticism in Early Christianity: Sources and Development, examines prophecy and the prophetic leadership of women within the first and second century church.

2. Valena Hoy is that Associate Pastor for Worship and Pastoral Care at the First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk. Valena has enjoyed being in ministry at FPC since 2000.  She loves Jesus and desires to create spaces and experiences where people can encounter his grace and love.  A graduate of Converse College in South Carolina, Valena earned a M.Div. and MA from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA and also has a Certificate in Spiritual Direction.

Valena is married to James, a wonderful husband and Chaplain at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. They have a daughter, Abigail, who was placed in their arms in China in 2006.  She has served the larger church through mission work in Jamaica, Brazil, Central America, particularly: Guatemala and Nicaragua, and most recently with Tree of Lives in Kenya.  She has a great love for the Joy Village… it's like walking into the Kingdom of God…

3. Kimberly Ervin Alexander has served as Associate Professor of the History of Christianity at Regent University School of Divinity since the Fall of 2011. Before her move to Regent, she served as Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Assistant Vice-President for Academics at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, TN. She has over 25 years of experience in parish ministry and worship leadership. In the School of Divinity, Dr. Alexander teaches courses at both the Master’s and Ph.D. levels particularly focusing on history and theology of the Early Modern and Modern eras, including Pentecostal history.

Alexander is a past president of the Society for Pentecostal Studies.  She has also been a contributor to numerous ecumenical dialogues and consultations. She is the author of Pentecostal Healing:  Models of Theology and Practice, winner of the 2007 Foundations for Pentecostal Scholarship Book of the Year award.  With R. Hollis Gause,  she co-authored Women in Leadership:  A Pentecostal Perspective and with James P. Bowers, What Women Want:  Pentecostal Women Ministers Speak for Themselves.  She is the author of numerous book chapters and articles She serves as editor of the Emeth Press “The Study of World Christian Revitalization Movements in Pentecostal & Charismatic Studiesseries and on the editorial boards for the Brill Academic Publishers “Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies” series and Aldersgate Papers: Theological Journal of the Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research. Her research interests include early Pentecostal spirituality and practice, spiritual experience and women in Pentecostalism..

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Gender Talk: Pt #3 of Episode 2

"Gender Talk: Where are the Boundaries" is a series of conversations with women from a variety of perspectives. Their expertise and forthrightness on issues of women inequality are crucial for such a time as this. This second 4-part episode on a "Theological Vision for Gender Equality" include the following leaders:

1. Ella Thompson is a sought after international speaker and teacher. She is the Senior Pastor of Truth and Life Christian Church, the President of the Institute for Leadership & Management Excellence and the founder of the Women in Leadership Alliance. Committed to leadership development, she has convened numerous conferences committed to equipping, empowering and educating women who are called to or currently serve in business and ministry leadership. She works extensively to revitalize theological education and to educate administrators in seminaries and divinity schools in the United States and Canada. She holds a B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University, dual M.A. degrees from Regent University USA, and a Ph.D. in Theology and Religious Studies. Her research has been in an interdisciplinary study in leadership studies from King’s College London, England. Her dissertation, Female Propheticism in Early Christianity: Sources and Development, examines prophecy and the prophetic leadership of women within the first and second century church.

2. Valena Hoy is that Associate Pastor for Worship and Pastoral Care at the First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk. Valena has enjoyed being in ministry at FPC since 2000.  She loves Jesus and desires to create spaces and experiences where people can encounter his grace and love.  A graduate of Converse College in South Carolina, Valena earned a M.Div. and MA from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA and also has a Certificate in Spiritual Direction.

Valena is married to James, a wonderful husband and Chaplain at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. They have a daughter, Abigail, who was placed in their arms in China in 2006.  She has served the larger church through mission work in Jamaica, Brazil, Central America, particularly: Guatemala and Nicaragua, and most recently with Tree of Lives in Kenya.  She has a great love for the Joy Village… it's like walking into the Kingdom of God…

3. Kimberly Ervin Alexander has served as Associate Professor of the History of Christianity at Regent University School of Divinity since the Fall of 2011. Before her move to Regent, she served as Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Assistant Vice-President for Academics at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, TN. She has over 25 years of experience in parish ministry and worship leadership. In the School of Divinity, Dr. Alexander teaches courses at both the Master’s and Ph.D. levels particularly focusing on history and theology of the Early Modern and Modern eras, including Pentecostal history.

Alexander is a past president of the Society for Pentecostal Studies.  She has also been a contributor to numerous ecumenical dialogues and consultations. She is the author of Pentecostal Healing:  Models of Theology and Practice, winner of the 2007 Foundations for Pentecostal Scholarship Book of the Year award.  With R. Hollis Gause,  she co-authored Women in Leadership:  A Pentecostal Perspective and with James P. Bowers, What Women Want:  Pentecostal Women Ministers Speak for Themselves.  She is the author of numerous book chapters and articles She serves as editor of the Emeth Press “The Study of World Christian Revitalization Movements in Pentecostal & Charismatic Studiesseries and on the editorial boards for the Brill Academic Publishers “Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies” series and Aldersgate Papers: Theological Journal of the Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research. Her research interests include early Pentecostal spirituality and practice, spiritual experience and women in Pentecostalism..

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The Urban Renewal Center
Gender Talk: Pt #2 of Episode 2

"Gender Talk: Where are the Boundaries" is a series of conversations with women from a variety of perspectives. Their expertise and forthrightness on issues of women inequality are crucial for such a time as this. This second 4-part episode on a "Theological Vision for Gender Equality" include the following leaders:

1. Ella Thompson is a sought after international speaker and teacher. She is the Senior Pastor of Truth and Life Christian Church, the President of the Institute for Leadership & Management Excellence and the founder of the Women in Leadership Alliance. Committed to leadership development, she has convened numerous conferences committed to equipping, empowering and educating women who are called to or currently serve in business and ministry leadership. She works extensively to revitalize theological education and to educate administrators in seminaries and divinity schools in the United States and Canada. She holds a B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University, dual M.A. degrees from Regent University USA, and a Ph.D. in Theology and Religious Studies. Her research has been in an interdisciplinary study in leadership studies from King’s College London, England. Her dissertation, Female Propheticism in Early Christianity: Sources and Development, examines prophecy and the prophetic leadership of women within the first and second century church.

2. Valena Hoy is that Associate Pastor for Worship and Pastoral Care at the First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk. Valena has enjoyed being in ministry at FPC since 2000.  She loves Jesus and desires to create spaces and experiences where people can encounter his grace and love.  A graduate of Converse College in South Carolina, Valena earned a M.Div. and MA from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA and also has a Certificate in Spiritual Direction.

Valena is married to James, a wonderful husband and Chaplain at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. They have a daughter, Abigail, who was placed in their arms in China in 2006.  She has served the larger church through mission work in Jamaica, Brazil, Central America, particularly: Guatemala and Nicaragua, and most recently with Tree of Lives in Kenya.  She has a great love for the Joy Village… it's like walking into the Kingdom of God…

3. Kimberly Ervin Alexander has served as Associate Professor of the History of Christianity at Regent University School of Divinity since the Fall of 2011. Before her move to Regent, she served as Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Assistant Vice-President for Academics at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, TN. She has over 25 years of experience in parish ministry and worship leadership. In the School of Divinity, Dr. Alexander teaches courses at both the Master’s and Ph.D. levels particularly focusing on history and theology of the Early Modern and Modern eras, including Pentecostal history.

Alexander is a past president of the Society for Pentecostal Studies.  She has also been a contributor to numerous ecumenical dialogues and consultations. She is the author of Pentecostal Healing:  Models of Theology and Practice, winner of the 2007 Foundations for Pentecostal Scholarship Book of the Year award.  With R. Hollis Gause,  she co-authored Women in Leadership:  A Pentecostal Perspective and with James P. Bowers, What Women Want:  Pentecostal Women Ministers Speak for Themselves.  She is the author of numerous book chapters and articles She serves as editor of the Emeth Press “The Study of World Christian Revitalization Movements in Pentecostal & Charismatic Studiesseries and on the editorial boards for the Brill Academic Publishers “Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies” series and Aldersgate Papers: Theological Journal of the Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research. Her research interests include early Pentecostal spirituality and practice, spiritual experience and women in Pentecostalism..

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The Urban Renewal Center
Gender Talk: Pt #1 of Episode 2

"Gender Talk: Where are the Boundaries" is a series of conversations with women from a variety of perspectives. Their expertise and forthrightness on issues of women inequality are crucial for such a time as this. This second 4-part episode on a "Theological Vision for Gender Equality" include the following leaders:

1. Ella Thompson is a sought after international speaker and teacher. She is the Senior Pastor of Truth and Life Christian Church, the President of the Institute for Leadership & Management Excellence and the founder of the Women in Leadership Alliance. Committed to leadership development, she has convened numerous conferences committed to equipping, empowering and educating women who are called to or currently serve in business and ministry leadership. She works extensively to revitalize theological education and to educate administrators in seminaries and divinity schools in the United States and Canada. She holds a B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University, dual M.A. degrees from Regent University USA, and a Ph.D. in Theology and Religious Studies. Her research has been in an interdisciplinary study in leadership studies from King’s College London, England. Her dissertation, Female Propheticism in Early Christianity: Sources and Development, examines prophecy and the prophetic leadership of women within the first and second century church.

2. Valena Hoy is that Associate Pastor for Worship and Pastoral Care at the First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk. Valena has enjoyed being in ministry at FPC since 2000.  She loves Jesus and desires to create spaces and experiences where people can encounter his grace and love.  A graduate of Converse College in South Carolina, Valena earned a M.Div. and MA from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA and also has a Certificate in Spiritual Direction.

Valena is married to James, a wonderful husband and Chaplain at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. They have a daughter, Abigail, who was placed in their arms in China in 2006.  She has served the larger church through mission work in Jamaica, Brazil, Central America, particularly: Guatemala and Nicaragua, and most recently with Tree of Lives in Kenya.  She has a great love for the Joy Village… it's like walking into the Kingdom of God…

3. Kimberly Ervin Alexander has served as Associate Professor of the History of Christianity at Regent University School of Divinity since the Fall of 2011. Before her move to Regent, she served as Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Assistant Vice-President for Academics at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, TN. She has over 25 years of experience in parish ministry and worship leadership. In the School of Divinity, Dr. Alexander teaches courses at both the Master’s and Ph.D. levels particularly focusing on history and theology of the Early Modern and Modern eras, including Pentecostal history.

Alexander is a past president of the Society for Pentecostal Studies.  She has also been a contributor to numerous ecumenical dialogues and consultations. She is the author of Pentecostal Healing:  Models of Theology and Practice, winner of the 2007 Foundations for Pentecostal Scholarship Book of the Year award.  With R. Hollis Gause,  she co-authored Women in Leadership:  A Pentecostal Perspective and with James P. Bowers, What Women Want:  Pentecostal Women Ministers Speak for Themselves.  She is the author of numerous book chapters and articles She serves as editor of the Emeth Press “The Study of World Christian Revitalization Movements in Pentecostal & Charismatic Studiesseries and on the editorial boards for the Brill Academic Publishers “Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies” series and Aldersgate Papers: Theological Journal of the Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research. Her research interests include early Pentecostal spirituality and practice, spiritual experience and women in Pentecostalism..

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Gender Talk: Pt #3 of Episode 1

"Gender Talk: Where are the Boundaries" is a series of conversations with women from a variety of perspectives. Their expertise and forthrightness on issues of women inequality are crucial for such a time as this. These three episodes on "Perspectives on Gender Inequality" include the following leaders:

Jen Hatzung is a business strategist who focuses on social media, online strategy + influencer marketing, as well as a podcaster (podcast currently on hiatus) who lives in Norfolk, VA with her husband, daughter, and dachshund. 

She can be found drinking copious amounts of coffee while making lists and strategizing when she can fit in her next run. She currently co-leads her local MOPS group {at FPC}, runs her own skincare and makeup business, and does the preschool/naptime hustle helping small business owners with their online engagement. 

Before she embarked on her motherhood journey she was managed the social media for a non-profit as well as a social shopper agency that paired brands with bloggers. 

If there is any time left in the day she has her nose in a book or watching HGTV.  

Jennifer Valentine has been in some way connected to higher education since 2004, first as a student, and now, as an instructor. She loves the process of learning; she values being around education and the role of education in our society. Jennifer graduated with a M.S. in Sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010. Now, she is an Instructor of Sociology at Tidewater Community College, and has been teaching sociology for five years. Jennifer is presently working becoming a certified mediator with the Supreme Court of Virginia. 

Hunter Johnston is currently the Preschool Director and Director of Family & Children's Ministries at the First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk. She has been serving in children’s ministry at FPC, since 2011. Prior to that, she worked as a FPC preschool teacher, a stay at home mom, and a public school art teacher. Hunter earned a bachelors degree in both Art History and Studio Art from Mary Baldwin College in 1998 and then received a post-graduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Art Education in 2000. 

Raised in Norfolk and a graduate of Norfolk Christian Schools, Hunter was thrilled to settle down just doors away from her parents and childhood home!  Blessed with a sweet 9 year old daughter and a patient husband, Ian, who works as a civil engineer/project manager at Clark Nexsen, Hunter is thankful for God’s abundant blessings. Serving in children’s ministry provides Hunter with an opportunity to serve God’s beautiful children and help them create a strong foundation of faith. 

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Gender Talk: Pt #2 of Episode 1

"Gender Talk: Where are the Boundaries" is a series of conversations with women from a variety of perspectives. Their expertise and forthrightness on issues of women inequality are crucial for such a time as this. These three episodes on "Perspectives on Gender Inequality" include the following leaders:

Jen Hatzung is a business strategist who focuses on social media, online strategy + influencer marketing, as well as a podcaster (podcast currently on hiatus) who lives in Norfolk, VA with her husband, daughter, and dachshund. 

She can be found drinking copious amounts of coffee while making lists and strategizing when she can fit in her next run. She currently co-leads her local MOPS group {at FPC}, runs her own skincare and makeup business, and does the preschool/naptime hustle helping small business owners with their online engagement. 

Before she embarked on her motherhood journey she was managed the social media for a non-profit as well as a social shopper agency that paired brands with bloggers. 

If there is any time left in the day she has her nose in a book or watching HGTV.  

Jennifer Valentine has been in some way connected to higher education since 2004, first as a student, and now, as an instructor. She loves the process of learning; she values being around education and the role of education in our society. Jennifer graduated with a M.S. in Sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010. Now, she is an Instructor of Sociology at Tidewater Community College, and has been teaching sociology for five years. Jennifer is presently working becoming a certified mediator with the Supreme Court of Virginia. 

Hunter Johnston is currently the Preschool Director and Director of Family & Children's Ministries at the First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk. She has been serving in children’s ministry at FPC, since 2011. Prior to that, she worked as a FPC preschool teacher, a stay at home mom, and a public school art teacher. Hunter earned a bachelors degree in both Art History and Studio Art from Mary Baldwin College in 1998 and then received a post-graduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Art Education in 2000. 

Raised in Norfolk and a graduate of Norfolk Christian Schools, Hunter was thrilled to settle down just doors away from her parents and childhood home!  Blessed with a sweet 9 year old daughter and a patient husband, Ian, who works as a civil engineer/project manager at Clark Nexsen, Hunter is thankful for God’s abundant blessings. Serving in children’s ministry provides Hunter with an opportunity to serve God’s beautiful children and help them create a strong foundation of faith. 

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Gender Talk: Pt #1 of Episode 1

"Gender Talk: Where are the Boundaries" is a series of conversations with women from a variety of perspectives. Their expertise and forthrightness on issues of women inequality are crucial for such a time as this. These three episodes on "Perspectives on Gender Inequality" include the following leaders:

Jen Hatzung is a business strategist who focuses on social media, online strategy + influencer marketing, as well as a podcaster (podcast currently on hiatus) who lives in Norfolk, VA with her husband, daughter, and dachshund. 

She can be found drinking copious amounts of coffee while making lists and strategizing when she can fit in her next run. She currently co-leads her local MOPS group {at FPC}, runs her own skincare and makeup business, and does the preschool/naptime hustle helping small business owners with their online engagement. 

Before she embarked on her motherhood journey she was managed the social media for a non-profit as well as a social shopper agency that paired brands with bloggers. 

If there is any time left in the day she has her nose in a book or watching HGTV.  

Jennifer Valentine has been in some way connected to higher education since 2004, first as a student, and now, as an instructor. She loves the process of learning; she values being around education and the role of education in our society. Jennifer graduated with a M.S. in Sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010. Now, she is an Instructor of Sociology at Tidewater Community College, and has been teaching sociology for five years. Jennifer is presently working becoming a certified mediator with the Supreme Court of Virginia. 

Hunter Johnston is currently the Preschool Director and Director of Family & Children's Ministries at the First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk. She has been serving in children’s ministry at FPC, since 2011. Prior to that, she worked as a FPC preschool teacher, a stay at home mom, and a public school art teacher. Hunter earned a bachelors degree in both Art History and Studio Art from Mary Baldwin College in 1998 and then received a post-graduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Art Education in 2000. 

Raised in Norfolk and a graduate of Norfolk Christian Schools, Hunter was thrilled to settle down just doors away from her parents and childhood home!  Blessed with a sweet 9 year old daughter and a patient husband, Ian, who works as a civil engineer/project manager at Clark Nexsen, Hunter is thankful for God’s abundant blessings. Serving in children’s ministry provides Hunter with an opportunity to serve God’s beautiful children and help them create a strong foundation of faith. 

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