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Director of the GPS MAPS - The Navigation Center
(859) 858-3511 ext. 2923
Dr. Melanie Starks Kierstead, “Dr. K“, Director of GPS-MAPS (My Achievement Pathway Services), the Navigation Center
Dr. K's academic professional credits (listed below) include a Ph.D. (Drew University, NJ) & five assorted Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees, as well as two decades of University teaching and advising. She has taught and advised at Asbury University for 13 years.
As Director of the GPS MAPS, the Navigation Center, Dr. Kierstead oversees the care for GPS students, from Application to Graduation. We help individuals establish and maintain an aggressive Academic Plan that balances their other adult responsibilities and a satisfying academic experience, with a clear view toward their earliest possible Graduation. Her goal is to make the GPS student’s experience as seamless as possible. We coordinate student support services, including transfer credit, financial aid, academic support, as well as the unexpected. We also recognize that the spiritual component of students need to be nurtured, as a confident, healthy relationship with God will sustain persons through all of life’s challenges.
In response to the question of why do you enjoy working with nontraditional students?, Dr. Kierstead responded, "Throughout my career I have actively participated in Student Success. One of my earliest professional assignments was creating and developing a program which I named “Operation Success” in which I worked with many students who have remained friends with me over the years, including one of my favorites who currently works with NASA Students program. Since that time, although primarily in the role of University Professor, I have helped students set goals, learn problem-solving skills, and negotiate personal, academic and professional challenges."
"In my spare time, I enjoy my family. My hobbies include totally remodeling (with husband, Dale) our home which is located on a farm just outside of Wilmore,KY. My husband and I have two “newly adult” children, two children in elementary school, and a large husky-beagle puppy. I have done a fair amount of writing and research, and currently I am writing a commentary on the book of Ephesians, and I enjoy mentoring and supporting young researchers and writers."
Ph.D.Drew University, 1996 (Biblical Studies: New Testament and Early Christianity)
M.Phil Drew University, 1993
Th.M. Reformed Theological Seminary, 1987 (Biblical Studies: New Testament)
M.Div. Wesley Biblical Seminary, 1986 (Ministerial Studies)
B.A. Bethany Bible College, 1983 (Religion/Christian Ministry)
B.A. Houghton College, 1982 (History/Secondary Education/Bible)
COURSES CURRENTLY BEING TAUGHT AT ASBURY:
- Understanding the New Testament
- Growth of the New Testament Church
- Jesus & The Gospels
- New Testament Letters
Dr. Kierstead has written dozens of chapters and articles for various Adult Bible Study curriculums. She has made scholarly presentations at a wide variety of professional meetings and is in demand as a Bible teacher in local church settings as well as denominational meetings. She is an active participant in Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy Conferences and scholarly conferences where she teaches about the cultures of the ancient world which helps to clarify the confusing biblical passages regarding women in ministry.
Current major writing projects are the Commentaries on Ephesians, and Philemon for the New Beacon Bible Commentary Series (Kansas City: Beacon Hill) Alex Varughese, Editor.to be released 2013. Replacing the original Beacon Bible Commentary series published in the 1960s.
“Phrygian Roots of Montanism” Studia Patristica, Oxford University Press, 2012.
“Faith, Faith & Works” Global Wesleyan Dictionary of Theology. Kansas City: Beacon Hill Publishers, 2012.
“Christian Family” Global Wesleyan Dictionary of Theology. Kansas City: Beacon Hill Publishers, 2012.
“Commentary on Philemon.” Illustrated Bible Life. WordAction Publishing Company, 2012.
“Mary How’d You Know? Origins of the Magnificat” Illustrated Bible Life. Word Action Publishing Company, 2011.
“Can I Quote You on That? Kerygma in the Book of Acts” Illustrated Bible Life. Word Action Publishing Company, 2010.
“Hebrews: The Book of Better Things” Illustrated Bible Life, Kansas City, MO: Word Action Publishing Company, 2009.
“Walking in the Light: Introduction to I John” Illustrated Bible Life. Kansas City, MO: Word Action Publishing Company, Spring 2009.
“The Redeemed Follow the Lamb: Commentary on Revelation 14:1-13” Wesley Bible Lesson Commentary 2008-09. Indianapolis, IN: Wesleyan Pub, 2008.
“I Suffer Not a Woman: Exposition and Commentary on I Timothy 2:8-15 in Difficult Passages in the New Testament, Wynkoop Center for Women in Ministry
“Commentary: II Thessalonians 1:1-12” Teacher Helps Local Church Education, The Wesleyan Church, (republished, 1998) Indianapolis, IN. 2005.
“Commentary: Luke 1:26-28; 39-56” Teacher Helps, Local Church Education, The Wesleyan Church, Indianapolis, IN. 2005
“The Wonder of Worship: A Study of Leviticus 9:15-24.” Teacher Helps, Local Church Education, The Wesleyan Church, 2004.
“Biblical Obedience: Assurance of God’s Authority, A study of Leviticus 26:3-20.”Teacher Helps, Local Church Education, The Wesleyan Church, Indianapolis, IN. 2004.
“Seven Daily Devotionals on Holy Living.” Light From The Word, 53.4 Indianapolis:Wesley Press, 2004.
“Restoring the Erring Brother or Sister” Teacher Helps, Local Church Education, The Wesleyan Church, Indianapolis, IN. 2003.
"Success and Self-Interest: Ruth and Esther" chapter in Success! Character Studies From the Bible. Dialog Series. Kansas City: Beacon Hill, 2001.
"Remembering the One True God's Faithful Love" chapter in Great Passages of the Bible. Dialog Series. Kansas City: Beacon Hill, 1997.
"Notes on Luke and Acts" in Revealing God Study Bible (NIV), Edited by Wayne McCown, Zondervan, 2000.
"Bible Study Notes on James" Teacher Helps, Local Church Education, The Wesleyan Church, Winter, 2003.
"Study Guide for James" Wesley Bible Student, Local Church Education, The Wesleyan Church, Winter, 2003.
"Seven Daily Devotionals on God's Leaders and God's Cause" Light From The Word, Indianapolis: Wesley Press, March, 2003.
“Phrygian Roots of the Montanist Movement,” The 16th International Conference of Patristic Studies” Oxford University, August 8, 2011.
“The Socio-Religious Context of Ephesus: Answer to 1 Timothy 2:11-15 Prohibiting Women’s Ministry” (SBL/ASOR) Annual Meeting, Cleveland, OH., 2011.
“Phrygian Roots of Montanism – In Light of Recent Excavations in Asia Minor – The Discovery of Pepouza” Presentation to ASOR/AAR: Archaeology & Ancient World- Women/ Gender & Religion Section, SECSOR Conference, Louisville, KY March 4-6, 2011.
“A Study of Ephesians” A Series of Lessons presented as the Bible Teacher at Centenary United Methodist Church, Danville KY February, March, 2011.
“Six Lessons in Ephesians” A series of lessons presented as the Bible Teacher at West Chazy Holiness Campmeeting Association, West Chazy, NY, 2011.
Lecturer/Scholar/Sponsor Asbury University Bible & Theology Department Scholarly Tour to Turkey. May, 2010.
“A Study of Acts: The Model Christian Church for the Modern Christian Church - Part Two” A Series of Lessons presented as the Bible Teacher at West Chazy Holiness Campmeeting Association, West Chazy, NY, 2010.
“A Study of Acts: The Model Christian Church for the Modern Christian Church” A Series of Lessons presented as the Bible Teacher at West Chazy Holiness Campmeeting Association, West Chazy, NY, 2009.
“Cultural Influences in Asia Minor Relating to Prohibition of Women Ministers” Presentation to Sixth International Wesleyan/Holiness Clergy Women Conference, Cincinnati, OH, 2004.
"Determining Orthodoxy in the Face of Early Christian Charismata: Montanism, A Case Study. Presentation to Asbury College Faculty Forum, April, 2002.
"Wonder and Holiness" Keynote Address to annual Asbury College Faculty Forum--Holy Love Dinner, February, 2002.
"Mother God Worship: Social Influences on Paul's Prohibition of Women Teachers in Ephesus" Bible and Theology Department Forum, Asbury College, February, 2001.
Lecturer/Scholar/Sponsor Crossroads of Early Christianity, Tour to Western Asia Minor. Lectures on Mother God Worship, Christian Orthodoxy in Second Century and Ephesus, June, 2000.
- Society of Biblical Literature
- American Academy of Religion
- Wesleyan Theological Society
- Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy
- Ordained Minister in the Wesleyan Church