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FACULTY & STAFFFACULTY

Dr. Jeanne Serrão

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School of Theology and PhilosophyCoordinator of Master of Ministry and CMP Programs
740-397-9000, Ext. 3602Email Dr. Serrão
Professional Experience:
  • Mount Vernon Nazarene University
    • Dean, School of Theology and Philosophy, 2003 to present
    • Professor of Biblical Literature 2007 to present
    • Associate Professor of Religion 2002 to 2007
    • Assistant Professor of Religion, 1999 to 2002
  • Other Employment
    • 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:
  • American Association for Higher Education
  • Association of Nazarene Sociologists and Researchers
  • Council of Christian Colleges and Universities
  • Council of Independent Colleges
  • 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:
  • "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
  • "Meet Five Unique Women in Jesus' Family Tree" in the "Our Message" column of the November/December 2010 issue of Holiness Today (LINK)
  • 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: http://www.nph.com/nphweb/html/h2ol/article.jsp?id=10008070), September/October 2009 (Part 2: http://www.nph.com/nphweb/html/h2ol/article.jsp?id=10008810) 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 (http://www.nph.com/nphweb/html/h2ol/article.jsp?id=10008386)
  • 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. The Claremont Graduate University, Religion, 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. The Claremont Graduate University, Religion, 1993
  • M.A. Summa Cum Laude, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Missions, 1978
  • M.Div., Summa Cum Laude, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Biblical Studies, 1977
  • B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Mid-America Nazarene University, Biblical Literature/Language, 1974