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Dr. C. Jeanne Serrão

Professor of Biblical Literature

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School of Christian Ministry
740-397-9000, Ext. 3602Email Dr. Serrão

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  • Couts, Sponseller, others honored by MVNU

    MOUNT VERNON — Dr. LeeAnn Couts was named Faculty Member of the Year, while Jared Sponseller was tapped as Staff Member of the Year during Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s annual University Dinner, Monday, Aug. 26.

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Professional Experience:
  • Mount Vernon Nazarene University
    • Professor of Biblical Literature, 2007 to present
    • Dean, School of Theology and Philosophy, 2003 to 2018
    • Master of Ministry Program Coordinator, 2003 to 2018
    • Certificate of Ministry Program Coordinator, Video-Conferencing Professor, 2015 to 2017
    • Professor of Biblical Literature 2007 to present
    • Associate Professor of Religion 2002 to 2007
    • Assistant Professor of Religion, 1999 to 2002
  • Other Employment
    • Affiliate Professor, Nazarene Theological Seminary, 2013 to 2018
    • Multi-Campus Seminary Liaison (MVNU), Nazarene Theological Seminary, 2011 to 2018
    • Professor, Online Classes, Nazarene Bible College, 1999 to 2003
    • Instructor, United Methodist Summer Licensing School, New Testament, Claremont School of Theology, 1991 to 1999
    • Adjunct Professor, New Testament Studies, Azusa Pacific University, 1993-1994
    • School Administrator, Highland Avenue Christian School, 1991-1995
    • Education Pastor, Highland Avenue Community Church of the Nazarene, 1990-1999
    • Children's Minister, Highland Avenue Community Church of the Nazarene, 1987-1990
    • Adjunct Professor, Resident Counselor, Special Events Coordinator, Trevecca Nazarene College, 1982-1984
    • Professor, European Nazarene College, 1979-1981
Professional Organizations:
  • Association of Nazarene Sociologists and Researchers
  • Ordained Elder, Church of the Nazarene, International
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Wesleyan / Holiness Women Clergy, International
  • Wesleyan Theological Society
Honors and Awards:
  • Selected for CCCU Leadership Development Institute for Women, June 2004
  • Research Assistant, The Bible and Epic Project, Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, 1990-1991
  • Tuition Fellowship, The Claremont Graduate University, 1987-1989
  • Student Body President, Nazarene Theological Seminary, 1976-1977
  • Outstanding Student Award, Nazarene Theological Seminary, 1976-1977
  • Phi Delta Lambda Honors Society, Mid-America Nazarene University, Alumni Society, 1974
  • Citizenship Award, Mid-America Nazarene University, Alumni Society, 1974
  • "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges," Mid-America Nazarene University, Alumni Society, 1973-1974
Published Works and Presentations:
  • Athens, Locations and Philosophy. Article for Illustrated Bible Life Resource. Summer 2019 publishing date
  • LEAP Seminar, MVNU on General Assembly changes to Articles of Faith: New Testament Backgrounds on Prevenient Grace and Repentance. April 2018
  • Pastors And Leaders Conference Steering Committee for MVNU PALCON, Summer 2016. Plenary Session Speaker and leader of panel on “Revisioning”
  • "Biblical Foundations of Women’s Ordination” Seminar Presentation at the Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy Conference, April 2015
  • Global Wesleyan Bible Dictionary Advisory Committee and author for entry on “Hope” for the Global Wesleyan Bible Dictionary. (In publishing process, submitted 11/2016)
  • Food Sacrificed to Idols (Revelation 2:18-29). Article for Illustrated Bible Life Resource. May 2015
  • Paul’s Argument for Sexual Purity (I Corinth 6:9-20). Article for Illustrated Bible Life Resource. February 2015
  • Biblical Ecclesial Models. Panel Presentation for John A. Knight Bible and Theology Conference, April 2014
  • Foundations for Women’s Ordination Module for USA/Canada Course of Study, Church of the Nazarene: primary editor and one of the authors. Faculty Guide and Student Guide (September 2014)
  • The Fruit of the Spirit: Evidence of the Flourishing Christian Life, WordAction Publishing Company, Dialog Series, Fall of 2013
  • “Paul, Hagios, and Women: A Socio-Linguistic Analysis”. March 2013 joint meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society and the Society for Pentecostal Studies
  • "Rev. Dr. Olive Winchester: Holiness Greek Scholar," Presentation for the Women, the Church and Ministry: Celebrating 100 years of women's ordination in the UK, May 11-13, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK
  • "Thoughts on the New Testament Concepts of Rapture and Millennium," Presentation for the John A. Knight Bible and Theology Conference, February 15-17, 2012 at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Mount Vernon, Ohio.
  • "Practical Wisdom from James," The Bible Tells Me So: Reading the Bible as Scripture, edited by Richard P. Thompson and Thomas Jay Oord (SacraSage Press: Nampa, Idaho, 2011).
  • "10 and 5 Workshop on James," Workshop Presentation for The Bible Tells Me So Conference, February 10-12, 2011 at Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho.
  • Serrao, C. Jeanne Orjala. James, A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition. New Beacon Bible Commentary Series. Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press, 2010
  • Wesleyan Theological Society Conference Presentation: "The Past Matters in Future Presents" (March 2010)
  • "To the Praise of His Glory: Ephesians," Adult Faith Connections (Winter 2010, Sessions 5-13 (Co-written with students: Christina Bush Bohn and Shannon Pavlovic Edwards.)
  • MVNU Region PALCON coordinator for Women Clergy Luncheon (June 2010)
  • Published Works & Presentations:
  • Serrão, C. Jeanne Orjala. James, A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition. New Beacon Bible Commentary Series. Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press, 2010.
  • “Meet Five Unique Women in Jesus' Family Tree” in the “Our Message” column of the November/December 2010 issue of Holiness Today. (http://www.nph.com/nphweb/html/h2ol/article.jsp?id=10009814)
  • Wesleyan Theological Society Conference Presentation: “The Past Matters in Future Presents” (March 2010)
  • “To the Praise of His Glory: Ephesians,” Adult Faith Connections (Winter 2010), Sessions 5-13 (Co-wrote with students: Christina Bush Bohn and Shannon Pavlovic Edwards.)
  • MVNU Region PALCON coordinator for Women Clergy Luncheon (June 2010)
  • “Reclaiming the Radical Story,” Holiness Today, May/June 2009 (Part 1), September/October 2009 (Part 2) with Dr. Kent Brower
  • Presented Two Workshops for COTN General Assembly, June 2009 “Questions from the Pew” (Women Clergy Council) with Dr. Kent Brower.
  • Centennial Initiative, Bible Commentary Editorial Committee for the Church of the Nazarene. Section editor for Catholic Letters and Revelation (2006-2008)
  • Selected Participant in the Nazarene Clergy Training Summit, May 31-June 2, 2007
  • “No Other Gospel: Galatians,” Adult Bible Fellowship Study Book (JJA07) 5 Expositions and 1 bonus session
  • "My Journey as a Woman Clergyperson" M7: Warming the Climate for Women In Ministry Luncheon, Kansas City, MO 2/21/07
  • Selected Participant in Nazarene Women Clergy Council, Organizational Meeting, Kansas City, MO 2/20/07
  • Selected Participant in the Nazarene Graduate Union Collaboration Meeting, Kansas City, MO 2/19/07
  • Faith and Gender Equity: Lesson Plans Across the College Curriculum, (2007) Editors C. Jeanne Serrão and Susie C. Stanley. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers. (Result of WHWC EducationalInitiative)
  • Coordinator for Educational Initiative Team 2004-2007, Wesleyan/Holiness Women Clergy Responsible for recruiting team planning workshops and seeing that resources are developed, edited, produced and distributed.
  • Devotional for Nazarene Missionary Kid Retreat, MVNU, 8/11-14, 2006
  • "Truth in Any Language" Holiness Today, November/December 2006
  • Participated in the NTS Article X Discussion Meeting, Washington, DC, 11/18/06
  • “Excellence in Paul,” MVNU Faculty Chapel, 9/11/06
  • Article for Illustrated Bible Life "Crossing Cultural Barriers" (Acts 10:34-49) (May 2006)
  • Panelist for "Gender Mutuality" Workshop for COTN General Assembly, June 2005
  • Discovering the New Testament, Nazarene Publishing House (Date of Publication: February 2005) Wrote 4 chapters for this collaborative college-level textbook.
  • Workshop Presentation: "Small Group by Design and With Purpose" for Sixth International Wesleyan/Holiness Women Clergy Conference, April 15-18, 2004, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Workshop Coordinator for Two PALCON workshops for the MVNU Educational Zone: Gender Mutuality in Ministry and Networking and Resourcing for Women Clergy. June 7-11, 2004.
  • Article for Illustrated Bible Life: Fertility Cults and Mystery Religions (Winter 2003-2004)
  • Article for Illustrated Bible Life: Views of the Inspiration of the Bible (Fall 2003)
  • Column for Holiness Today: Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness. (May 2003)
  • Editor's Forum panelist for Holiness Today. Answer published November 2002.
  • Article for Illustrated Bible Life: The Essence of Christian Faith (MAM 2002).
  • New Testament History and Literature, Curriculum Module for Pastoral Ministries, Church of the Nazarene, Course of Study, 2002.
  • Articles for Illustrated Bible Life: Empty Words? Holy Words! (SON 2001); Least Favorite Sins (MAM 2001).
  • "When God Calls… Women's Response to God's Call to Preach" Exegesis of I Corinthians 11:1- 11 -- Chapel by Choice, April 5, 2000
  • "The Five W's," Discovering Maturity Class, Discipleship Series for the Local Church; prepared by the staff at Highland Avenue Community Church of the Nazarene,1994
  • "Artifacts in the IAC Museum -- A Giyan Bowl & Luristan Pitcher," Bulletin of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, Vol. XVI/3, September, 1989
  • "The Feminine Side," Conquista Juvenil, 1987, Church of the Nazarene
  • "The Reconciler," The Preacher's Magazine, March-April 1978, Church of the Nazarene
  • Several Youth Mission Education Programs for the Church of the Nazarene,1970s
  • Several Articles for the "Herald of Holiness," and "Come Ye Apart" magazines, Church of the Nazarene,1970s.
Education:
  • Ph.D. in Religion, The Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California (1996)
    • Dissertation: Holiness and Sexual Ethics in Paul: An Analysis of the Use of Social Sciences in the Study of the New Testament
  • M.A. in Religion, The Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California (1993)
  • M.A. in Missions Summa Cum Laude, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri (1978)
  • M.Div. in Biblical Studies Summa Cum Laude, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri (1977)
  • B.A. in Biblical Literature/Language Magna Cum Laude, Mid-America Nazarene University, Olathe, Kansas (1974)