Rev. Dr. Lynn JapingaProfessor of Religion
Lynn Japinga’s religion courses focus on women’s studies and American religious history. She teaches Fierce and Faithful: Women in the Bible; Christian Feminism; Recent American Religion; Female, Male, Human (a senior seminar); and the Women and Gender Studies keystone course.
Dr. Japinga is a graduate of Hope College, where she started out pre-med but soon became absorbed by American religious history. While finishing her dissertation on social thought and action in the Reformed Church of America, she taught at Western Seminary. She is an ordained minister in the RCA and has served as a pastor and interim pastor of a number of RCA congregations. She joined the Hope College faculty in 1992.
She is writing her fourth book, which is about women in the New Testament. It is due out from Westminster John Knox in 2020.
areas of expertise
- American religious history
- The Reformed Church in America
- Women in the Bible
- Women in American religious history
- Ph.D., history, Union Seminary, 1992
- M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1984
- B.A., religion, Hope College, 1981
- Preaching the Women of the Old Testament: Who They Were and Why They Matter, Westminster John Knox Press, 2017
- Loyalty and Loss: The Reformed Church in America, 1945–1994, Eerdmans, 2013
- Feminism and Christianity: An Essential Guide, Abingdon Press, 1999
outside the college
Dr. Japinga loves to exercise, especially biking, running and swimming. When not in motion she enjoys reading and dog-sitting her daughter’s stunningly beautiful golden retriever, Wrigley.