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Dr. Candi Celene Finch

Associate Professor of Theology in Women’s Studies

Area

Faculty | School of Theology and Missions

Office Phone

Cell Phone

817-372-8969

Email

cfinch@truett.edu
  • Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX, PhD in Systematic Theology with a minor in Historical Theology/Church History
  • Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX, Master of Divinity with Languages with a concentration in Women’s Studies
  • University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal Communication with a Minor in Creative Writing
  • Biblical Theology of Womanhood in the Old Testament
  • Biblical Theology of Womanhood in the New Testament
  • Biblical Model of the Home and Family
  • Feminist Theology
  • Introduction to Girls Ministry
  • Ministry to Women and Young Women
  • Introduction to Women’s Studies
  • Text-Driven Communication for Women
  • Contemporary Women’s Issues
  • Women and Church History
  • Hermeneutics
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Christian Doctrine
  • Women in the Bible, Church history, and ministry
  • Feminism and gender studies

Professional Experience:

2016-201
Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood – Assistant Editor for the Journal of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Denominational Service:

2018
Southern Baptist Convention –Member of the Resolutions Committee

2016
Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee –Member of the Women’s Ministry Advisory Council

Ministry Service:

2018-Present
Northeastern Bible College, Bennington, VT –Trustee

Member of the Evangelical Theological Society

Editorships:

  • Section Editor of Genesis-Deuteronomy and Acts-Philemon for The Study Bible for Women. Nashville: B&H Publishers, 2014.

 

Dissertation:

  • “A Way that Seems Right to Woman: A Critical Analysis of the Role of Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza in the Development of Reformist Feminist Theology.” Ph.D. diss., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2014.

 

Contributions:

  • Appendix entitled “Testimonies of the Anabaptist Women Martyred in the Reformation” in Celebrating the Legacy of the Reformation. Nashville: B&H Publishers, 2019.
  • 16 devotionals in The Psalms and Proverbs Devotional for Women, edited by Dorothy Patterson and Rhonda Kelley. Nashville: B & H Publishers, 2017.
  • “Women, Own Your Identity” in Building a Marriage Culture, edited by Grant Castleberry and Gavin Peacock. CBMW, 2015.
  • 40 devotionals in The Devotional for Women, edited by Dorothy Patterson and Rhonda Kelley. Nashville: B & H Publishers, 2015.
  • “The Impact of Feminism on the Home and Family” in The Christian Homemaker’s Handbook, edited by Dorothy Patterson and Pat Ennis. Wheaton: Crossway, 2013.
  • “Are Girls Really Different from Guys?” in Critical Issues, Absolute Answers: Solutions for Students, edited by Jay Strack. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2013.
  • “So That the World May Know: The Legacy of Adoniram Judson’s Wives” in Adoniram Judson: A Bicentennial Appreciation of the Pioneer American Missionary, edited by Jason Duesing. Nashville: B & H Publishers, 2012.
  • “Genesis 1—25, Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai” in The Woman’s Evangelical Commentary on the Old Testament, edited by Dorothy Patterson and Rhonda Kelley. Nashville: B & H Publishers, 2011.
  • Biblical book introductions in Impact: The Student Leadership Bible, edited by Jay Strack. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2008.
  • “Galatians, James, and Philemon” in The Woman’s Evangelical Commentary on the New Testament, edited by Dorothy Patterson and Rhonda Kelley. Nashville: B & H Publishers, 2005.

 

Articles and reviews:

  • A Review of Neither Complementarian nor Egalitarian: A Kingdom Corrective to the Evangelical Gender Debate. By Michelle Lee-Barnewall. In The Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood 21, no. 2 (Fall 2016): 53-56.
  • “David Bowie, Glam Rock, and Gender Rebellion.” In The Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood 21, no. 1 (Spring 2016): 12-14.
  • “Where Faith and Life Meet.” Review of Radical Womanhood. By Carolyn McCulley. In The Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood 14, no. 2 (Fall 2009): 68-70.
  • “Looking for More in the Wrong Places.” Review of Longing for More. By Ruth Haley Barton. In The Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood 14, no. 1 (Spring 2009): 81-83.

 

Research assistance:

  • Diane Strack’s Quiet Influence: The Romans 12:1 Woman. Colorado Springs, NavPress, 2009.
  • Mary Kassian’s Feminist Mistake: The Radical Impact of Feminism on the Church and Culture. Wheaton: Crossway, 2005.

 

Academic Presentations:

  • “Anabaptist Women of the Radical Reformation: What Court Testimonies Reveal About their Faith.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Providence, RI, November 2017.
  • “The Church’s Role in the Community: The Salt and Light and Sons of Issachar Principles.” Presentation at the World Congress of Families Meeting, Budapest, Hungary, May 2017.
  • “Reimagining God as Sophia: What Happens to the Trinity in the Hands of Feminist Theologians?” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, San Antonio, TX, November 2016.
  • “The Sexual Revolution and Cultural Marxism: How Political Correctness and The Pursuit of Personal Pleasure Has Damaged Young Women.” Presentation at the World Congress of Families Meeting X, Tbilisi, Georgia, May 2016.
  • “Down the Rabbit Hole: Reformist Feminist Theology’s Critique and Reimagining of the ‘Traditional’ Family.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological
    Society, Atlanta, GA, November 2015.
  • “Effective Ministry to Millennials.” Presentation at the World Congress of Families Meeting IX, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 2015.
  • “Patriarchy, Design of God or Tool for Oppression? Examining Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza’s Critique of Ecclesiology.”
  • Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, San Diego, CA, November 2014.
  • “Deborah’s Ministry in the Public Square: How Egalitarians and Complementarians Deal with the Ministry of the Prophetess.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Washington, DC, November 2006.
  • “Paula the Elder: A Glimpse into the Life of a Woman Educator and Scholar in Order to Rescue History from Feminist Revisionism.”Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Valley Forge, PA, November 2005.
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Biography

Originally from Tampa, Florida, Candi currently serves with the Sandy Creek Foundation in Texas and as Associate Professor of Theology in Women’s Studies at TMU. She graduated with her B.A. in Communication from the University of South Florida in 2001, her MDiv in Women’s Studies from Southwestern Seminary in 2005, and her PhD in Systematic Theology from Southwestern in 2014.  Her life with God has been an adventure—she has been on many mission trips in the US and overseas, worked on a church staff doing girls ministry, served as a seminary professor, spent several summers working with teenagers both in the US and overseas, and led a travelling drama group to raise money for missions in college. The Lord has been really gracious and opened opportunities for her to contribute to several books for women and youth, including the Women’s Evangelical Commentary on the New Testament and Old Testament and also the The Study Bible for Women. Candi’s greatest passion is to see teenagers and women come to know the Lord and become mature disciples of Christ.  Several women invested in her life when she was a new believer in high school, and the impact they had on her reminds her daily of the positive influence we can have on others for Christ.