Nell Becker Sweeden
Assistant Professor of Theology
Richard B. Parker Co-chair of Wesleyan Theology
Dr. Becker Sweeden’s research and teaching lies at the intersection between theology and culture. Drawing from scholars of color as well as two-third world perspectives, she focuses on how the life of the church and theological praxis take shape and are re-appropriated anew in different cultures, times, and spaces. Themes involving margins, in-between spaces, border crossings, and interdisciplinarity continually surface in her theological explorations.
One of Dr. Becker Sweeden’s current research projects explores social consciousness and activism among postdenominational Christians and how Wesleyan theology and Wesleyan-Holiness traditions can speak into this phenomenon through social responsibility and social holiness. Another project focuses on the complexities of race, class, and gender in Wesleyan-holiness historical identity narratives.
Dr. Becker Sweeden is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene and served for ten years in the denomination’s international development branch prior to coming to George Fox Evangelical Seminary. She has taught in ten countries and presently serves as Intercultural Studies section chair for the Wesleyan Theological Society.
PhD, Practical Theology, Boston University
MDiv, Nazarene Theological Seminary
BA, Spanish and Philosophy and Theology, Point Loma Nazarene University
Expertise and Research Interests
Practical Theology; Ecclesiology; John Wesley’s Life and Theology; Global Christianity; Contextual Theologies; Postcolonial, Feminist, and Liberation Theologies