AUSTIN, Texas (May 22, 2018) –Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary has called the Reverend Bridgett A. Green as assistant professor of New Testament, effective January 1, 2019.
“We at Austin Seminary are making ready to welcome Bridgett Green into our Seminary community and into our common work together,” says Seminary President Ted Wardlaw. “She brings a disciplined intellect, a commitment to the life of the church, a passion for teaching, and a spirit of collegiality. We are eager to welcome her to this community of formation and conversation.”
A doctoral candidate at Vanderbilt University, Green earned her bachelor’s degree (psychology, Spanish) from Davidson College (2000) and her Master of Divinity degree (pastoral care, and New Testament studies) from Princeton Theological Seminary (2005). Her dissertation title is “Luke 18:1-30: The Kingdom of God and Social Relationships.”
Her stellar academic experience was rewarded by numerous prizes and fellowships, including, at Vanderbilt: The Forum for Theological Education (FTE) Dissertation Fellow (2015-16), Theology and Practice Fellow (2009-2015), The Luke-Acts Prize (2014), and FTE Doctoral Fellow (2009-2011); at Princeton: The Jagow Preaching Prize and Seminary Fellowship; at Davidson: Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges (2000), and John I Smith Honor Scholar, Arnold Snider Scholar, and Samuel R. Spencer Jr. Scholar (1996-2000).
Alongside her scholarship, Green has also been involved in the ministry and work of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She was ordained in 2005 as a teaching elder (minister) by the Presbytery of Charlotte, and she has served on the staff of the PC(USA), beginning as associate for the Racial Ethnic Young Women Together project (2005-2008) and then as coordinator in the Office of Women’s Ministries and Racial Justice (2007-2008). Since 2013 she has been the biblical studies acquisitions editor at Westminster John Knox Press (WJK), and she has contributed to Connections: A Lectionary Preaching and Worship Resources (2019), the joint project between WJK and Austin Seminary. She has served on the boards of Montreat Conference Center and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and serves as committee assistant to the General Assembly of the PC(USA).
“Bridgett Green is one of the most promising, younger New Testament scholars in the country,” says Academic Dean David Jensen. “Deeply committed to both church and academy, Bridgett’s writing stands out in its attention to classical traditions and the life-and-death issues of our time. Her recent work at Westminster John Knox Press means that she is familiar with changes in theological publishing and will be an asset on a faculty that has been astonishingly productive over the past several years. We welcome Bridgett as teacher, scholar, and pastor. She will make our excellent faculty even stronger.”