"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 Studies” series 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..Read More