Lois E. Olena
Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Jewish Studiesolenal@evangel.edu
B.S., Valley Forge Christian College
M.A., Gratz College
D.Min., Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
Involved in numerous avenues and positions of church ministry since her youth, Dr. Olena brings a broad spectrum of ministry experience to her role as DMin Project Coordinator and a member of the faculty at AGTS.
She has published Holocaust curricula and poetry; numerous articles and book reviews; book chapters in We’ve Come This Far: Reflections on the Pentecostal Tradition and Racial Reconciliation; Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Restoration: Multidisciplinary Studies from a Pentecostal Perspective; and But These are Written: Essays on Johannine Literature in Honor of Professor Benny C. Aker. She also authored the official biography of Dr. Stanley M. Horton, Stanley M. Horton: Shaper of Pentecostal Theology, co-edited/co-authored with Eric Newberg Children of the Calling: Essays in Honor of Stanley M. Burgess and Ruth Vassar Burgess and co-edited/co-authored Volume 21 of the Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies series, Women in Pentecostal and Charismatic Ministry: Informing a Dialogue on Gender, Church, and Ministry.
Dr. Olena has taught courses in Jewish Studies and Theology at Evangel University, AGTS, and King’s University, taught abroad in several countries and served as editor of AGTS’ e-journal Encounter: Journal for Pentecostal Ministry.
“I love fostering a sense of spiritual heritage and ‘response-ability’—through an increased understanding of the Jewish roots of Christian faith, a grasp of church history that appreciates the interrelatedness of Judaism and Christianity, a Hebraic approach to Scripture that accurately communicates the mission of God for world redemption, and a Jewish-friendly presentation of the gospel.” — Lois Olena