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Dr. Lois E. Olena

Dr. Lois E. Olena

Shalom! I have been a part of EU since 2003 and AGTS since 2007. Please feel free to check out my AGTS faculty site (http://www.agts.edu/faculty/olena.html) or give me a call at 417-268-1084 if you'd like to chat.

Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Practical Theology; D.Min. Project Coordinator

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Professional Information:
D.Min., Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
M.A. in Jewish Studies, Gratz College
B.S. in Bible, Valley Forge Christian College

Job Responsibilities:
I teach D.Min. Project Design at AGTS and walk our Doctor of Ministry participants through the project writing phase of the program. From 2003-2012 I also occasionally taught undergrad courses at Evangel. My work also includes serving as the Executive Director of the Society for Pentecostal Studies; this is a five-year term that comes with institutional support.

Org Memberships:
Society for Pentecostal Studies

Courses Taught:
The Holocaust, The History of Jewish-Christian Relations, Introduction to Judaism, Introduction to Theology, Old Testament Themes, Essential Christianity, Theological Research and Writing; D.Min. Project Design (AGTS); writing courses; Guest lecturer for World Christian Movements (AGTS) and Israel and the Church (AGTS)

Book review of CHASING THE DIVINE IN THE HOLY LAND, Ruth Everhart. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2012. (Review will be in Religious Studies Review, a publication of Rice University, Department of Religious Studies in 2015.)

Book review of INTRODUCTION TO MESSIANIC JUDAISM: ITS ECCLESIAL CONTEXT AND BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONS, ed. David Rudolph and Joel Willitts. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2013. To be reviewed in Enrichment Journal (Winter 2014)

“Robert Emmanuel (‘Bob’) Harrison.” In Dictionary of Pan-African Pentecostalism, edited by Estrelda Alexander and Renee Brathwaite (forthcoming, Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock)

“Creation Care as Discipleship,” in book published by AGTS faculty (Forthcoming, Kern Family Foundation project)

Co-editor and contributing author to CHILDREN OF THE CALLING: ESSAYS IN HONOR OF STANLEY M. BURGESS AND RUTH VASSAR BURGESS (Wipf and Stock, forthcoming)

"Zoe Diakonias: A Biographical Sketch of Benny C. Aker," in BUT THESE ARE WRITTEN: ESSAYS IN THE JOHANNINE LITERATURE IN HONOR OF PROFESSOR BENNY C. AKER (Wipf and Stock, 2014)

Book review of The Shifting Romance with Israel: American Pentecostal Ideology of Zionism and the Jewish State by Raymond L. Gannon. Shippensburg, PA: Destiny Image Publishers, Inc., 2012. (Reviewed in PNEUMA second issue 2013)

[Book Essay]: “It’s Not Fair, You See: A Book Essay on Pharisectomy: How to Joyfully Remove Your Inner Pharisee and other Religiously Transmitted Diseases. AGTS Encounter Journal, http://www.agts.edu/encounter/articles/2012summer/olena_ministerialreflection.htm (Summer 2012).

“Double Bypass,” The Network: A Called Community of Women, http://womeninministry.ag.org/Subscriber_Articles/index.cfm?targetBay=526867fb-5f6e-485b-b12a-e2d3c9c1f174&ModID=2&Process=DisplayArticle&RSS_RSSContentID=24769&RSS_OriginatingChannelID=1237&RSS_OriginatingRSSFeedID=3757&RSS_Source= (accessed December 31, 2012).

“One of Those ‘Money-Grubbing’ Preachers.” The Network: A Called Community of Women, http://womeninministry.ag.org/Subscriber_Articles/index.cfm?targetBay=526867fb-5f6e-485b-b12a-e2d3c9c1f174&ModID=2&Process=DisplayArticle&RSS_RSSContentID=23990&RSS_OriginatingChannelID=1237&RSS_OriginatingRSSFeedID=3757&RSS_Source= (accessed September 5, 2012).

“Looking Ahead Through My Rearview Mirror.” The Network: A Called Community of Women, http://womeninministry.ag.org/Subscriber_Articles/index.cfm?targetBay=526867fb-5f6e-485b-b12a-e2d3c9c1f174&ModID=2&Process=DisplayArticle&RSS_RSSContentID=20961&RSS_OriginatingChannelID=1237&RSS_OriginatingRSSFeedID=3757&RSS_Source= (accessed December 1, 2011).

“Walking with Jesus through the Red Light District.” The Network: A Called Community of Women, http://womeninministry.ag.org/Subscriber_Articles/archive.cfm?targetBay=526867fb-5f6e-485b-b12a-e2d3c9c1f174&ModID=2&Process=DisplayArticle&RSS_RSSContentID=20419&RSS_OriginatingChannelID=1237&RSS_OriginatingRSSFeedID=3757&RSS_Source= (accessed September 26, 2011).

“The School of 'Hard Knocks.'” The Network: A Called Community of Women, http://womeninministry.ag.org/Subscriber_Articles/index.cfm?targetBay=526867fb-5f6e-485b-b12a-e2d3c9c1f174&ModID=2&Process=DisplayArticle&RSS_RSSContentID=19172&RSS_OriginatingChannelID=1237&RSS_OriginatingRSSFeedID=3757&RSS_Source (accessed May 9, 2011).

“Who Cares About Creation?” The Network: A Called Community of Women, http://womeninministry.ag.org/Subscriber_Articles/index.cfm?targetBay=526867fb-5f6e-485b-b12a-e2d3c9c1f174&ModID=2&Process=DisplayArticle&RSS_RSSContentID=18377&RSS_OriginatingChannelID=1237&RSS_OriginatingRSSFeedID=3757&RSS_Source= (accessed February 1, 2011).

“Creation Waits with Eager Longing.” AGTS Encounter Journal, http://www.agts.edu/encounter/articles/2010summer/editorial.htm (Summer 2010).

“Lessons from a Biker Chick.” The Network: A Called Community of Women, http://womeninministry.ag.org/Subscriber_Articles/index.cfm?targetBay=526867fb-5f6e-485b-b12a-e2d3c9c1f174&ModID=2&Process=DisplayArticle&RSS_RSSContentID=16751&RSS_OriginatingChannelID=1237&RSS_OriginatingRSSFeedID=3757&RSS_Source= (From the Heart, July 15, 2010) (accessed July 19, 2010).

“Staying the Course.” The Network: A Called Community of Women, http://womeninministry.ag.org/Subscriber_Articles/index.cfm?targetBay=526867fb-5f6e-485b-b12a-e2d3c9c1f174&ModID=2&Process=DisplayArticle&RSS_RSSContentID=15503&RSS_OriginatingChannelID=1237&RSS_OriginatingRSSFeedID=3757&RSS_Source=? (From the Heart, May 6, 2010) (accessed May 11, 2010).

“I’m Sorry, My Brother: A Reconciliation Journey.” In Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Restoration: Multidisciplinary Studies from a Pentecostal Perspective, edited by Martin W. Mittelstadt and Geoffrey W. Sutton, 89-105. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2010.

"A Lively Heritage: Early Pentecost in Alabama." AG Heritage (Vol. 30, Spring 2010): 26-33.

“Building Bridges to Your Jewish Neighbor at Hanukkah.” The Network: A Called Community of Women, http://womeninministry.ag.org/0911/0911_building_bridges_jewish.cfm (Celebrating Christ in a Multifaith World, November/December 2009 issue) (accessed November 11, 2009).

“Stanley Horton – Shaper of Pentecostal Theology.” The Council Today, August 4, 2009, 24. http://ag.org/top/Events/General_Council_2009/News/20090804/20090804_24_Horton.cfm (accessed August 10, 2009).

“Steady Saints in an Unsteady World.” AGTS Encounter Journal, http://www.agts.edu/encounter/articles/2009summer/editorial.htm (Summer 2009).

Stanley M. Horton: Shaper of Pentecostal History. Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House, April 2009. (Presentation on the same at 2009 Society for Pentecostal Studies.

“Stanley M. Horton: A Pentecostal Journey.” AG Heritage (Vol. 29, Spring 2009): 4-14.

“People of the Spirit.” AGTS Encounter Journal, http://www.agts.edu/encounter/articles/2008_winter/editorial.htm (Winter 2008).
Two poems in Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust. St. Louis: Time Being Books, 2007.

“Jews and Fruity Pentecostals.” AGTS Encounter Journal, http://www.agts.edu/encounter/articles/2007_fall/olena.htm (Fall 2007).

“From Paralysis to Action: Robert Harrison and the Assemblies of God.” In Louisville Institute monograph, We’ve Come This Far: Reflections on the Pentecostal Tradition and Racial Reconciliation. Springfield, MO: Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, 2006; presented paper for same at 2007 Society for Pentecostal Studies)

“Pentecostals and the New Anti-Semitism: Walking in the Fruit and Fullness of the Spirit for the Sake of the Jewish People,” (AGTS doctoral project, completed 2005; presented paper for same at 2006 Society for Pentecostal Studies)

“In the Wake of Anti-Semitism: Past and Present” (Internet course for “Israel’s Redemption” ministry) Fall, 2004

Poetry published in Midstream, European Judaism, various journals and various Web sites

“Study Guide.” All Church Training Series, Our Church in Ministry (Northern New England District, 1995)

“Christian Anti-Semitism.” In The Holocaust: A Guide for Pennsylvania Teachers, Harrisburg: PA Dept. of Ed., 1990

Started Work: Fall, 2003

Favorite Thing About Work:
Experiencing the very enjoyable mixture of humor and kindness expressed by my colleagues. Having the opportunity to serve the larger academy through the Society for Pentecostal Studies

Was an Evangel Student: No, sorry! (Still love me?)

Originally From:
NJ, NY, PA, VT, AL, and now Missouri!

Personal Information:
I love my family, and enjoy connecting with friends, riding my motorcycle, teaching, writing, doing nature photography, walking outdoors, going through art museums, playing music, and traveling (being there, not getting there!), journaling.

Other: See also: (http://newantisemitism.org/about.html)

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Personal Page: http://www.agts.edu/faculty/olena.html

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