Lecturer in Old Testament
Ph.D. (Religion): Temple University
M.A. (Religion): Temple University
M.Div.: Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary
B.S. (Music Education): West Chester University
"My approach to teaching is constantly being fine-tuned in the academic setting as well as in pastoral ministry, the mission field, and life. I find it fascinating how the Bible is used to defend actions. I've had a husband defend his right to abuse his wife because Genesis 3:16 instructs husbands to 'rule over' their wives. I've had parents ask me how far they should go in disciplining their children because Proverbs 13:24 warns: 'Spare the rod, spoil the child.' I love teaching and preaching from the hard texts of the Bible as I challenge my students to do the research; look at the historical, literary and theological contexts of the Bible; and trust the guidance of the Holy Spirit."
Dr. Deborah Winters is an ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ who has served as both a settled and a transitional (interim) pastor. She has been sent on mission trips through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, helping to rebuild hospitals, schools and churches while also overseeing teacher training workshops for the Lutheran Church of Liberia. Deborah is on the faculty of Coaching4Clergy, and sees coaching as a tool all pastors should add to their tool-belts.
She co-edited the book, Who Killed Goliath? Reading the Bible with Heart and Mind
, has written on the Psalms in The Pastor's Bible Study Vol. 3: A New Interpreter's Bible Study
, and has written sermons and worship settings for the Minister's Annual Manual
since 2008. When not coaching, writing, preaching or teaching, Deborah and her husband, Gary, enjoy kayaking and biking, particularly with their grandchildren.