Sarah Derck

Assistant Professor of Old Testament

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  • 585.567.9628 ext #6280
  • Library 306
  • Biblical Studies, Theology
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Sarah is Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Houghton. She completed her Ph.D. thesis in 2012, on the topic, 'Barrenness Beyond the Narratives: An Examination of Barrenness as a Symbol of God's (Dis)Favour in Hebrew Scripture'. In addition to revising her thesis for publication, she is writing two commentaries for the New Beacon Bible Commentary series, Ruth and Song of Songs (forthcoming 2014).  Sarah is also an adjunct faculty member at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City. She loves to preach and is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene.  She has served as both a college chaplain and an associate pastor in an urban church plant in Manchester, England. She holds membership in the Society of Biblical Literature, Society for Old Testament Studies, Tyndale Fellowship, Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy, and Wesleyan Theological Society. Her particular areas of research and teaching interest include Wisdom Literature and the Megillot.  Sarah and her husband Josh love to travel, browse antique shops, and read and snuggle with their children, Joseph and Miriam. 


Curriculum Vitae

Education

2012 Nazarene Theological College/University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
Ph.D. in Old Testament Studies
Dissertation title: Barrenness beyond the Narratives: an Examination of Barrenness as a Symbol of God’s (Dis)Favour in Hebrew Scripture

2002 Nazarene Theological Seminary Kansas City, MO
M.A., summa cum laude, Theological Studies (Biblical Research, Old Testament)
Thesis title: Barrenness in the Old Testament: Recovering the Metaphor
Certificate, Cross-cultural Ministries
Post-degree studies pursuant to PhD preparation and ordination

1999 Indiana Wesleyan University Marion, IN
B.A., magna cum laude, Biblical Literature
Minor, English Literature

Additional attendance at:
1991-95, Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY (10 credit hours pre-college work)
2007, Nazarene Bible College, Colorado Springs, CO (6 credit hours toward ordination)

Teaching Experience

2012-Present Houghton College Houghton, NY
Assistant Professor of Old Testament
Courses Taught: Biblical Hebrew 1&2, Biblical Literature, OT Prophets, Pentateuch

2008-Present Nazarene Theological Seminary Kansas City, MO
Adjunct Faculty, Biblical Languages and Literature
Courses Taught: LNG510, Introduction to Biblical Languages (online)

2011-2012 Indiana Wesleyan University Marion, IN
Visiting Assistant Professor of Old Testament
Courses Taught: Biblical Greek 1&2, Biblical Hebrew 1&2, Inductive Bible Study, OT
Survey, and Wisdom Literature

2008-2011 Nazarene Theological College Manchester, UK
Sessional Lecturer, Biblical Studies
Courses Taught: Introduction to Biblical Languages (B.A.); Orientation Course, “Living the Kingdom Adventure” (B.A.); Christian Holiness in Biblical Perspective (M.A.);
Teaching Assistant, undergraduate Old Testament courses

2007-09 Saint Paul School of Theology Kansas City, MO
Hebrew Bible Faculty, United Methodist Course of Study
Courses Taught: COS411: Hebrew Bible II

2001-02 Nazarene Theological Seminary Kansas City, MO
Teaching Assistant, Biblical Studies Department
Courses Taught: HEB510, Introduction to Biblical Hebrew and HEB610, Intermediate Biblical Hebrew

Ministry Experience and Credentials

2011 Church of the Nazarene
Ordained Elder

2009-2011 Nazarene Theological College Manchester, UK
Chaplain and Director of Ministerial and Spiritual Formation
Provided pastoral care and counseling to student body, faculty, and staff
Planned, implemented, and led Spiritual Life programming: weekly chapel and communion services, morning prayers, retreats, Spiritual Renewal Week, etc.
Oversaw Pastoral Care Groups, facilitated by faculty/staff for all students
Oversaw ministerial placement program for Practical Theology students
Supervised student Resident Assistant

2008-2010 Didsbury Community Church of the Nazarene Didsbury, UK
Associate Pastor at church plant in urban Manchester
Taught and preached in main worship services and discipleship meetings
Developed discipleship tools and oversaw small group program
Mentored student ministry assistants

2002-2007 Clergy Development, International Church of the Nazarene Kansas City, MO
Ministry Program Assistant/Women Clergy Facilitator
Edited new Course of Study curriculum for the denomination
Developed resources and denominational support for women clergy
Coordinated and ran clergy training conferences across the U.S.A. and Canada
Coordinated over 1,000 workshops for PALCON 2004 clergy conferences
Maintained the department’s family of websites
Provided administrative support to the denomination’s 600+ evangelists
Served as editorial assistant for department publications:
Preacher’s Magazine
Soul Care Newsletter
GROW Magazine
New Horizons Newsletter for Women in Ministry
The Evangelist’s Perspective
magazine

Publications

Academic Publications

“Love in the Old Testament: Insights from Ruth and Song of Songs.” In The Bible Tells Me So: Reading the Bible as Scripture. Edited by Thomas J. Oord and Richard P. Thompson.
Nampa, ID: SacraSage Press, 2011.

Ruth: A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition. New Beacon Bible Commentary. Kansas City:
Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City (Forthcoming 2014).

Song of Songs: A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradtion. With Joseph E. Coleson. New Beacon
Bible Commentary. Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City (Forthcoming 2014).

Popular Publications

Bible Studies on Women in Ministry. Editor. Kansas City: Wynkoop Center for Women in Ministry, 2007.
“Infertility in the Ancient Near East.” Illustrated Bible Life (Spring 2007).
“Prophecy.” Credo Magazine (Jan/Feb 2009).
“Whodunit? The Child of Advent.” Credo Magazine (Nov/Dec 2009).
“The Covenant: A Declaration of (In)Dependence.” Credo Magazine (Jan/Feb 2010).
“Offerings and Sacrifices.” Illustrated Bible Life (Sept/Oct/Nov 2010).
“Helping Our People Lament.” Grace and Peace Magazine (Spring 2013).

Conference/Seminar Presentations

“Barrenness Beyond the Narratives.” Presented to the Postgraduate Seminar at Nazarene Theological College. Manchester, England, April 24, 2009.
“Ancient Near Eastern Perspectives on Barrenness.” Presented to the Graduate Student Theological Seminar of the Wesleyan and Free Methodist Churches. Indianapolis, Indiana, September 26, 2009.
“Preaching from Ruth and the Song of Songs.” Presented to the Wesley Center Conference, “The Bible Tells Me So,” Northwest Nazarene University. Nampa, Idaho, February 10-12, 2011.
“The Vocabulary of Barrenness in the Hebrew Bible: A Test Case.” Presented to the One-Day Theology Conference, Nazarene Theological College. Manchester, England, June 11, 2011.

Professional Memberships/Committees

Manchester Wesley Research Centre, Junior Fellow
The Society for Old Testament Study
Society of Biblical Literature
Tyndale Fellowship
Wesleyan/Holiness Women Clergy
Wesleyan Theological Society

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