Stephanie M. Wyatt

Minister, Community Developer, Teacher-Scholar

Commitment to ministry and education have always been intricately woven together in my life thanks to a family full of public school educators, church leaders, and pastors. I first experienced a call to ministry dur- ing my senior year of college and have nurtured that call through my M.Div. degree and advanced studies in biblical interpretation, as well as in professional and volunteer ministry work. My personal experiences, my educational background, and my professional training have cultivated a number of strengths that make me well-suited for a pastoral position: a passion for education and Christian formation, a skill for worship planning and leadership, a heart for empathetic listening and communication, a gift for bringing out the best in others, a desire to engage in service to the local and global community, and an investment in working with others to discern God’s calling for common life and ministry.


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Syracuse, NY


West Baptist Church

Interim Minister

2017 — 2020

I am interim minister at West Baptist Church in Oswego, NY. It is an ABC-USA church.

  • In addition to the usual pastoral duties, I supported the opening of Daily Threads, a clothing ministry for children and youth, encouraged community outreach activities such as the Halloween Hootenanny, and helped to revitalize summer Music Camp for school-aged children.

American Baptists of New York State


2019 — 2018

Instructor for New Testament Lay Studies Courses, Spring 2018. Instructor for Old Testament Lay Studies Course, Spring 2018.

  • I designed the course syllabus, gave lectures, supervised student presentations, and facilitated classroom conversation in live and online formats.

Women in Science and Engineering Program (WiSE) at Syracuse University

Program Assistant/Specialist

2019 — 2012

I coordinate programing for WiSE, including professional development, communication, and work/life bal- ance workshops for postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduates in WiSE Women of Color in STEM (Science,Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).This position includes supervising multiple members of office staff, budget administration, committee organization, and workshop facilitation.

  • Part of the team that created the program Women of Color in STEM.
  • Programming for Future Professionals Program (WiSE-FPP).

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, At Syracuse University's Maxwell School

Program Assistant/Specialist

2019 — 2014

I serve as a liaison for incoming Humphrey Fellows, mid-career professionals from developing democracies who spend an academic year in the U.S. for academic study, professional development, and cultural ex- change. I assist the fellows with settling into their new residences, introduce them to the Syracuse campus, and help them navigate the city during their first weeks of the program.

Glendale Baptist Church

Youth Minister

2005 — 2004

I led weekly youth meetings, developed curriculum, and planned social activities for middle and high school students, as well as providing pastoral care to youth and their families.

Baptist Joint Committee


2002 — 2003

The BJC is an organization that advocates on behalf of religious liberty and separation of church and state from a Baptist perspective. Internship included research, writing, editing, membership education, adminis- tration, and curriculum development.

Baptist Joint Committee


2002 — 2003

The BJC is an organization that advocates on behalf of religious liberty and separation of church and state from a Baptist perspective. Internship included research, writing, editing, membership education, adminis- tration, and curriculum development.

Wake Forest Baptist Church


2000 — 2002

I facilitated educational activities and opportunities for fellowship with youth and college students, worship planning, program administration and facilitation, and pastoral care with all age groups.

Wake Forest University

Servant Leadership Intern

1999 — 2001

I supervised campus volunteer programs, worked with student leaders on large-scale service efforts, orga- nized and planned annual Interfaith Spirituality and Volunteerism Retreat.

Baptist Student Union, Virgina Tech University

Associate Intern

1998 — 199

Internship included advising student leaders, counseling, programming, and ministry development.


United Church of Fayetteville


2012 — 2016

Past education units have included spirituality and the arts, interfaith dialog, a water series that covered topics from baptism to local water quality, and exploring family histories.

  • Guest Speaker Series on Religion in International Relations
  • Book study on Reza Aslan's Zealot

United Church of Fayetteville

Worship Leadership

1995-01-01 — 1997-03-20

Periodic liturgist, liturgy composer, children and youth educator, and preacher.

Church in the Cliff

Worship and Education

2006 — 2010

Regularly participated in worship planning, dialogical sermon facilitation, liturgy composition, children & adult education activities, including planning and serving as a leader for a multi-church children’s retreat.


Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University

2005 — 2016
Biblical Interpretation, Ph.D.
  • Dissertation: Widows in the Memories of Biblical Israel
  • Major Concentration: Hebrew Bible

  • Minor Concentration: Biblical Theology and Feminist Hermeneutics

Vanderbilt University

2003 — 2005
Religion, M.A.
  • Major Concentration: Hebrew Bible

  • Minor Concentration: Jewish Studies

Wake Forest Divinity School

1999 — 2002
Religion, M.Div

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

1996 — 1998
College Scholars, Summa Cum Laude, B.A.
  • Specialization: International Justice and French



Central Baptist Church, Fountain City in Knoxville,Tennessee



Jezebel, Elijah, and the Widow of Zarephath: A Ménage à Trois that Estranges the Holy and Makes the Holy the Strange

Published by Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (JSOT)

This article offers a dialogical examination of 1 Kgs 17–19 that deconstructs traditionally accepted characterizations of Jezebel, Elijah, and the Widow of Zarephath. This study proposes that shifting emphasis from Elijah and Jezebel as polar opposites to a literary ménage à trois that involves all three characters makes it possible for the holy man to become a stranger and the strange women to become holy. The narrative tensions thus revealed question the validity of Israel’s definitive identity markers. When reading the stories of Jezebel, Elijah, and the Widow of Zarephath in the Deuteronomistic History, clear-cut distinctions between ‘insiders’ and ‘outsiders’ continually collapse.


Biblical Interpretation

Hebrew Bible, Old Testament, and Biblical Theology






Biblical Hebrew


Koine Greek



Card Making

British Period Dramas and Antiquing