Women Transforming the Church and Their Communities

Wednesday, June 2
7 p.m. (CT)| Online


Join us for a special event webinar on women ministering in churches today. We bring together the expertise of women of color and their impact in the church (Dr. Nicole Martin, V.P. of Church Engagement, American Bible Society), women in the New Testament (Dr. Lynn Cohick), and women in church history (Dr. Beth Allison Barr).  You will be treated to a presentation from each and, along with Scot McKnight (our host for the evening), they will discuss with each other how we can become agents of transformation in supporting women called to serve God and our communities with the gifts God has given them.




Dr. Beth Allison Barr

Beth Allison Barr (PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is professor of history and associate dean of the Graduate School at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where she specializes in medieval history, women’s history, and church history. She is the president of the Conference on Faith and History and is a member of Christians for Biblical Equality. Barr has written for Christianity Today, the Washington Post, and Religion News Service, and is a regular contributor to The Anxious Bench, the popular Patheos website on Christian history. In 2021, Dr. Barr published The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth.


Dr. Nicole Martin

Nicole Massie Martin is the Vice President of Church Engagement at the American Bible Society. She is the founder and Executive Director of Soulfire International Ministries. She earned her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and her Doctor of Ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with an emphasis on African American Redemptive Leadership. Dr. Martin has been inducted into the prestigious Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Board of Preachers at Morehouse College. She is a gifted writer and author of the books, Made to Lead: Empowering Women for Ministry and Leaning In, Letting Go, a 2019 Lenten devotional through Chalice Press. Her writings have been featured in USA Today, Christianity Today, and The Charlotte Observer. She is married to her best friend, Dr. Mark Martin, and they have two beautiful daughters. Above all, she has a passion for God, a contagious excitement for the Gospel, and an insatiable desire that God be glorified in her life and in the world.


Dr. Lynn Cohick

Lynn Cohick (PhD, University of Pennsylvania ) is Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs at Northern Seminary. Lynn has authored seven books and numerous scholarly chapters and articles. Most recently, she has published Ephesians in the New International Commentary on the New Testament, Philippians in the Story of God Bible Commentary, and Women in the World of the Earliest Christians. Along with co-author Amy Hughes, Lynn has written Christian Women in the Patristic World: their Influence, Authority, and Legacy in the Second through Fifth Centuries. She taught at the Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (Nairobi, Kenya) in the late 1990s, teaching pastors and church leaders from across the continent of Africa. Lynn taught New Testament at Wheaton College for 18 years, and teaches in the Women’s Studies program at Northern Seminary.


Dr. Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. He is the author or editor of some eighty-five books, and a Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lisle, Illinois. He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Nottingham (1986) and has been a professor for nearly four decades. He and his wife, Kristen, live in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, where they enjoy long walks, gardening, and cooking. They have two adult children, Laura (married to Mark Barringer), and Lukas (married to Annika Nelson), and have two grandchildren: Aksel and Finley. He recently co-authored a book with his daughter, Laura Barringer, entitled A Church Called Tov. This book explores the Hebrew word in Scripture that we translate “good,” the word tov. In this book, McKnight and Barringer unpack the richness of tov, and consider how it can help Christians and churches rise up to fulfill their true calling as imitators of Jesus.

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