Dr. Zhenya Gurina-Rodriguez PhD is a Biblical scholar who engages Hebrew Bible, New Testament, and Second-Temple Literature. She is an ordained elder of the United Methodist Church at Rio Texas Annual Conference. Zhenya serves as Associate Pastor of Discipleship at First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, TX.

Originally Zhenya is from Russia. Zhenya was born in USSR, lived in Ukraine and Russia. She graduated from Voronezh State University with BA and MA in linguistics and cross-cultural communication. She came to the U.S. in 2006 with a goal of becoming a PhD in Biblical Studies. She served as a pastor at Nueva Vida UMC in Fort Worth, TX from 2008 to 2012. She has graduated with MDiv, ThM and PhD from Brite Divinity School.

Zhenya’s experience of being a world citizen has reflected on her areas of particular interest. She has engaged in the topics of social justice, wealth and poverty, eco-justice, gender relations, and the use of the Bible in the construction of power relations in the world.

Zhenya is married to Edwin Rodriguez and they have a son Theodore Rodriguez. They reside in Benbrook, TX with their six rescue pups – Buddy, Rusty, Eddy, Kyra, Izabel, and Foster.