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Kimberly Alexander, PhD (Open University/St. John’s College [Nottingham])

Kimberly Ervin Alexander has served as Associate Professor of the History of Christianity in the Regent University School of Divinity since the Fall of 2011. Previously, she served as Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Assistant Vice-President for Academics at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, TN. She has over 25 years of experience in parish ministry and worship leadership.

Alexander is a past president of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. She has also been a contributor to numerous ecumenical dialogues and consultations, as well as four grant-funded research projects. She serves as editor of the Emeth Press “Study of World Christian Revitalization Movements in Pentecostal & Charismatic Studies” sub-series and on the editorial boards for the Brill Academic Publishers “Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies” series and Aldersgate Papers: Theological Journal of the Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research. Additionally, this past year, with Canadian historian, Linda Ambrose, she has co-edited an issue of Pneuma that engages issues surrounding sexual assault and the #metoo moment as it intersects with Pentecostalism.

Her current research projects include examinations of early Pentecostal experiences of Spirit baptism as well as a study of Pentecostal missionary Margaret Gaines’ lifelong work among persons of Arabic descent in Tunisia and Palestine.  

Select Publications:

“Wolfgang Vondey’s Pentecostal Theology: Living the Full Gospel—A Conversation on a Pentecostal Migrant Family Road Trip” Journal of Pentecostal Theology (forthcoming)

“Heavenly Choirs in Earthy Spaces:  The Significance of Corporate Spiritual Singing in Early Pentecostal Experience.” Journal of Pentecostal Theology, 25 (2016):  254-268.

What Women Want: Pentecostal Women Ministers Speak For Themselves (with James P. Bowers).  Laurel, MD: The Seymour Press, 2013; Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2018 (reprint).

“The Pentecostal Church:  A Sacramental Healing Community”, Ecumenical Trends Vol. 41 No. 8  (September 2012):  1-3, 14.

“Spirit Baptism, Socialization and Godly Love in the Church of God (Cleveland, TN), co-authored with James P. Bowers and Mark J. Cartledge, PentecoStudies Volume 11.1 (2012):  27-47.

“Standing at the Crossroads: The Battle for the Heart and Soul of Pentecostalism” (SPS Presidential Address 2011). Pneuma. Vol. 33, No. 3 (2011): 331-349.

Pentecostal Healing: Models of Theology and Practice JPTS 29. Blandford Forum, Dorset: Deo, 2006. [Foundation for Pentecostal Scholars Book Award winner, 2007]

“The Holiness of the Church: An Analysis of Wesleyan-Pentecostal Thought”. International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church.  Vol. 11, No. 4 (2011): 269-278.

“A Baptism of Divine Love: The Pentecostal Experience of Spirit Baptism” in The Continuing Relevance of Wesleyan Theology: Essays in Honor of Laurence W. Wood, Nathan Crawford, ed. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2011.

“Restoration, Accommodation and Innovation: The Contributions of Aimee Semple McPherson” in From Aldersgate to Azusa Street:  Wesleyan, Holiness and Pentecostal Visions of the New Humanity, An Interdisciplinary Approach, Henry H. Knight, ed. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2010.

“Boundless Love Divine:  A Re-Evaluation of Early Understandings of the Experience of  Spirit Baptism” in Passover, Pentecost & Parousia:  Studies in Celebration of the Life and Ministry of R. Hollis Gause, Blandford Forum, Dorset: Deo,2010.

Lectures and Conference Presentations

"Receiving the Spirit in the Early Pentecostal Body: Sanctification, Spirit Baptism, and the Lamb Slain for Sinners", Keynote Address, Society for Pentecostal Studies, (March 2, 2018)

“Women in Christian Leadership Colloquium,” Plenary Speaker, Norwegian School of Leadership and Theology (HLT), Oslo, Norway (September 2015)

“Girl Talk:  A Feminist Re-Imagination of Pentecostal Theological Discourse and Experience,” plenary presentation, Society for Pentecostal Studies, Evangel University, Springfield, MO (March 2014)

“The Ecclesiological Dimension of Healing:  A Global Pentecostal Contribution,” Catholic Theological Society of America, St. Louis, MO (June 2012)

“The Ecclesiological Dimension of Healing:  A Global Pentecostal Contribution,” Catholic Theological Society of America, St. Louis, MO (June 2012)

“Race and Gender Equality in Early Pentecostalism: Spirit and Polity in Conflict,” with James P. Bowers, European Pentecostal Charismatic Research Association, Riga, Latvia (November 2011)

“Standing at the Crossroads:  The Battle for the Heart and Soul of Pentecostalism,” Presidential Address, Society for Pentecostal Studies, Memphis, TN (March 2011)

Online Publications

“James Bowers and Kimberly Alexander: Leadership and women in Pentecostal ministry,” Faith and Leadership

“Pentecostal and Charismatic Healing in the 20thCentury” with Cecil M. Robeck, Jr. Fuller Studio

“On ‘Keeping Women in Their Place,’ #MeToo, and the Groaning of the Spirit,”