Frances Taylor Gench

Herbert Worth and Annie H. Jackson Professor of Biblical Interpretation

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Phone: 804.278.4276

Location: Richmond

Department: Bible

Education:

Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, M.Div., Ph.D.

Davidson College, B.A.

 

An ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Gench was on the faculty of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg from 1986 to 1999. She served as a member of the PC(USA) General Assembly’s Theological Task Force on Peace, Unity, and Purity of the Church (2001-2006), and is a parish associate at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. Her research and teaching interests include the Gospels, women in the biblical world and feminist biblical criticism, global and intercultural perspectives on the Bible, and issues of biblical authority and interpretation. The author of six books, her most recent publication is Encountering God in Tyrannical Texts: Reflections on Paul, Women, and the Authority of Scripture (Westminster John Knox Press, 2015).

Books, Publications & Workshops

Encountering God in Tyrannical Texts: Reflections on Paul, Women, and the Authority of Scripture

Faithful Disagreement: Wrestling with Scripture in the Midst of Church Conflict

Encounters with Jesus: Studies in the Gospel of John

Back to the Well: Women's Encounters with Jesus in the Gospels

Wisdom in the Christology of Matthew (European Perspectives)

Hebrews and James (Westminster Bible Companion)

James and the Integrity of Faith, 1992-1993 Horizons Bible Study Volume 5, Number 3 (Horizons Bible Study, Volume 5, Number 3)

Women and the word: Studies in the Gospel of John (Horizons Bible Study)

Faculty Speaking Engagements and Events

"Faithful Disagreement: Wrestling with Scripture in the Midst of Church Conflict"

9:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday & Guest Preacher on Sunday at 8:30 & 11:00 am
Cary Presbyterian Church, Cary NC

"Reading the Bible with People on the Move"

10:00 am on April 12, 19 & 26, Adult Education Class
New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, Washington DC

Seminar Leader: "Encountering God in Tyrannical Texts"

1 to 4 pm, Spring Saturday Seminar
Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Milwaukee, WI

"Encountering God in Tyrannical Texts: Reflections on Paul, Women, and the Authority of Scripture"

July 6 to 10, Summer Institute, Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary
Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary, Gettysburg, PA

"Encountering God in Tyrannical Texts: Reflections on Paul, Women, and the Authority of Scripture"

July 26 to 31, 2015 Massanetta Springs Bible Conference
Massanetta Springs Conference Center, Harrisonburg, VA

Seminary for a Day, Keynote Presentation

"Worshipping Doubters: The Church in Mission"
Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA

Guest Preacher

Olivet Presbyterian Church, Charlottesville, VA

Guest Preacher at 275th Anniversary Celebration

Augusta Stone Presbyterian Church, Fort Defiance, VA

Guest Preacher

Installation of Rev. Sarah Craven
Trinity Presbyterian Church, Cherry Hill, NJ

The Lupberger Lectures

November 7 & 8, 2015
St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, New Orleans, LA

Guest Teacher

Sunday School Presentation
Burke Presbyterian Church, Burke, Virginia

Theologian in Residence

Lecture: February 6 at 5 p.m.; Preach: February 7 at 8:15, 9:45, & 11:15 a.m.
Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

Teaching the Lenten Class

10:00 a.m. on February 14; 21, 28 and March 6
The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C.

Guest Speaker and Preacher

Central Florida Presbytery

Leader, Women's Spring Retreat

The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C.

Teacher, Cuba Partners Bible Study

10:00 a.m.
The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C.

Courses Taught

New Testament 1: Gospels
New Testament II:  Acts, Epistles, Apocalypse
The Fourth Gospel
The Bible from the Underside
Women in the Biblical World
Wrestling with Scripture: Engaging Biblical Authority
The Gospel of Mark: Contemporary Approaches
From Hebrews to Revelation
Urban Ministry: Surviving and Thriving (with Roger J. Gench)
Ghana Travel Seminar
Middle East Travel Seminar