Innovative Biblical scholar who engages the Holy Scriptures from the perspective of a global citizen and encourages responsible biblical interpretations among the church leaders and scholars.


  • PhD – Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX, current
  • Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies – Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX, 2013
  • Th.M. – Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX, 2012
  • M.Div. – Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX, 2009
  • M.A., B.A. – Voronezh State University, Voronezh, Russia, 2005


Begging for Daily Bread: Beggars-Centric Interpretations of Matthew 6

I make a contribution to the poverty studies by exploring the diversity among beggars in the Greco-Roman antiquity and their particular interpretative lens.

Professional History

First United Methodist Church, Fort Wort, TX – Associate Pastor of Discipleship (2018 – now)

  • designing and implementing network of small groups
  • teaching various classes and workshops

Brite Divinity School – Teaching Assistant for Dr. Warren Carter (2013 – 2016)

  • Facilitating Greek translation group for M.Div. students
  • Proofreading articles and books for the publication
  • Research projects

Evangelical Methodist Church in El Salvador, Course of Theological Studies Organized by Duke Divinity School – Instructor (December 2014, 2015, 2017)

  • Introduction to the Old Testament (Spanish)

Moscow United Methodist Theological Seminary – Instructor (June 2014)

  • Critical Introduction to the Synoptic Gospels (Russian)

Nueva Vida United Methodist Church, Fort Worth, TX – Pastor (2008-2012)

  • Served primarily immigrant community
  • Conducted worship services, classes, counselling in Spanish and English
  • Taught ESL classes
  • Planned and implemented support ministry for homeless
  • Served as a liaison between the church and rehabilitation facilities

Church Affiliation

Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church

Grants and Awards

  • John Wesley Fellowship (2012)
  • Granville and Erline Walker Preaching Award (2007 and 2008)

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • John Wesley Fellowship
  • Association of Latina United Methodist Clergy Women (ACLAMEN)

Significant Papers and Publications

  • “Bulls and Cows in the Animal Apocalypse: Gender Reading of 1 Enoch 83-90,” Enoch Graduate Seminar, Montreal, QC May 2014. In L. DiTommaso and G. Oegema (eds.), New Vistas on Early Judaism and Christianity (New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016).
  • “Discipleship as Slavery: Reading the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) in Conversation with the Mission Discourse (Matthew 10),” Central Texas Colloquium on Religion, Austin, TX, February 2014
  • “Begging Our Heavenly Father for the Daily Bread: Beggar-Centric Interpretation of the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13,” North Texas Colloquium on Biblical Studies, Fort Worth, TX, October 2015 (received Award for Outstanding Scholarship)
  • “Babushka Theology: Giving Out of Nothing,” World Methodist Conference, Houston, TX, August 2016
  • “Bartimaeus, Lazarus, and Odysseus Walk into a Church – Beggar-Centric Interpretation of the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:5-15,” SBL, San Antonio, TX, November 2016
  • “Sarai — Victim, Prophetess, Deliverer, and Survivor (Genesis 12:10-20),” SBL, Boston, November 2017
  • “Who Cares About the Damn(ed) Tree? Ecological Feminist Reading of Mark 11:12-14, 20-24” and “’Master, let me regain my sight’ – Beggar-Centric Interpretation of Mark 10:46-52” in Warren Carter, Mark (Wisdom Commentary; Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2019)