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Religion: Olive J. Hemmings, Ph. D.

Olive J. Hemmings, while teaching at Washington Adventist University (formerly Columbia Union College), has completed a Ph.D. at Claremont Graduate University.  In her major, she places particular emphasis on the dynamic between Biblical Theology, Christian/Western culture and ethics.  She teaches, Biblical Theology, Pauline Theology, Introduction to the New Testament and other New testament courses, New Testament Greek and Moral Issues in World Religions. She brings to the department a particular passion for appropriating the Biblical text in its very rich and multiple cultural/historical contexts as it reflects genuine social struggles, particularly the struggle to understand and engage the divine in those struggles.  This passion has been tested for fifteen years of teaching and preaching in an Adventist institution of higher learning in Jamaica and 6 years at Washington Adventist University.   Dr. Hemmings wants her students to develop a deep and enduring faith through all their learning, doubting and questioning.  Dr Hemmings is a commissioned minister; involved in church leadership activities at the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church (Sabbath School Superintendent and Teacher); preaches locally, nationally, and internationally; member and presenter in the Adventist Society of Religious Studies and the Society for Biblical Literature; provides spiritual nurture and counseling to students and church members; member of the advisory board of Women’s Resource Center (La Sierra University); etc.