I am the William F. Orr Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (PTS).  Before coming to Pittsburgh, I was Professor of Scripture at Augustine College, Ottawa, Canada, from 1997 - 2002, where I served as Dean. Before my service at Augustine College, I had an extended career as Lecturer at several colleges and universities in Canada. My Ph.D. is from McGill University, Montreal. As well as authoring articles for the academy and church, I have written four books--   The Ladies and the Cities: Transformation and Apocalyptic Identity in Joseph and Aseneth, 4 Ezra, the Apocalypse and The Shepherd of Hermas (JSOT; Sheffield, 1995), Joseph and Aseneth (GAP; Sheffield Academic Press, 2000), Ecstasy and Intimacy: When the Holy Spirit Meets the Human Spirit (Eerdmans, 2005) and And I Turned to See the Voice: The Rhetoric of Vision in the New Testament (Baker Academic,  2007). I am a co-author of Longing for God: Anglicans Talk about Revelation, Nature, Culture, and Authority (ABC Publishing).
 

My research interests include rhetorical and literary studies, biblical theology, ecclesiology, and current issues in the Church, including human sexuality and worship. This year I have completed a book on catholic worship in the Church, across traditions and through the centuries, tentatively entitled Grand Entrance: Worship on Earth as in Heaven, which I anticipate will be released late in 2010.


I am active in the Church, speaking frequently at various church and seminary events, and continuing to keep in touch with friends and colleagues in Canadian churches.  My ministry began in my twenties, when I became a pastor ("officer") in the Salvation Army, the church of my youth.  After some time, I was drawn to liturgical worship and catholic order, and was confirmed in the Anglican communion, where I served for almost 25 years, first in Canada and then in the U.S., on the parish, diocesan, national and international levels.  On the Pentecost of the Eastern Church, June 7, 2009, after 13 years of inquiry, I was chrismated and received into the Eastern Orthodox Church, and am now at at home at St George's Antiochian Cathedral (Oakland, Pittsburgh) with my husband,  my oldest daughter, and her family. (Go here for more on my journey to Orthodoxy.) I also have a passion for music: prior to moving to PTS, I directed the music and played the organ at St. George's Anglican Church in Ottawa.  I remain an enthusiastic member of the PTS choir, the oboist in a musical ensemble at PTS, and one of the oboists in the North Suburban Symphonic Band. My husband Chris (who is a photographer and stained glass artist) and I make our home in Stanton Heights with our youngest daughter, Jolle, except when she  is away studying political science at Concordia University, Montreal. We have two grown daughters, Meredith Burnett  and Alexandra Tiel, who are both married and live southwestern Pennsyvania. With their American husbands, Joshua Burnett and Brian Tiel, they have, in the last three years, given us four grandchildren: Madeleine Anne Tiel, Katherine Eva Burnett, Rachael Lauren Tiel, and Naomi Johanna Burnett.

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