Kara J. Lyons-Pardue, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of New Testament

As an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene, Dr. Kara Lyons-Pardue fulfills her calling with joy in the classroom. She has taught New Testament and Greek courses at Point Loma Nazarene University since 2011. She loves to read Scripture with her students, allowing the ancient words to come alive and speak afresh in new situations. The majority of her research and dissertation focus on the Gospel according to Mark. Her dissertation, “A Later Ending Reclaims Mark’s Faithful Women,” was awarded the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Wesleyan Theological Society in March 2016. Most recently, she contributed the commentary on Philemon to the New Beacon Bible Commentary series, forthcoming. In teaching, mentoring, writing, and ministry, Lyons-Pardue is passionate about encouraging women in ministry. As such, she reads stories of women in the Gospels and throughout Scripture, highlighting their faithful boldness.


  • Ph.D. in Biblical Studies, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • M.Div., Nazarene Theological Seminary
  • B.A. in Philosophy/Religion, Northwest Nazarene University

Courses Taught

  • New Testament History and Religion – BIB 102
  • Biblical Greek I – GRK 207
  • Biblical Greek II – GRK 208
  • Reading Scripture Faithfully – BIB 240
  • Jesus and the Gospels – BIB 301
  • New Testament Books and Early Churches – BIB 335
  • Seminar in Biblical Literature – BIB 495
  • Christian Scripture – CMI 635

Experience in Field

  • Princeton Theological Seminary, Editorial Assistant to C. Clifton Black, 2010
  • Princeton Theological Seminary, Executive Editor of Koinonia Journal, 2008 – 2010
  • Princeton Theological Seminary, Teaching Fellow/Preceptor, 2007 – 2010
  • Nazarene Theological Seminary, Adjunct Instructor of Biblical Greek, 2003 – 2006

Professional and Community Involvement

  • The Church of the Nazarene, San Diego First Church of the Nazarene, Member
  • The Church of the Nazarene Southern California District, Ordained Elder, June 1, 2015
  • Society of Biblical Literature, Member, 2003 – present
  • Wesleyan Theological Society, Member, 2005 – present
  • Wesleyan-Holiness Women Clergy International, Member, 2002 – present

Awards and Honors

  • Point Loma Nazarene University, Wesleyan Center Summer Scholar, 2016
  • Wesleyan Theological Society, Outstanding Dissertation Award, 2016
  • Point Loma Nazarene University, Wesleyan Center Fellowship, 2015
  • Point Loma Nazarene University Alumni Association Grant, 2013
  • Goethe Institut Stipendium scholarship, Berlin, 2009

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Lyons-Pardue, K. (2014, December). A Later Ending Reclaims Mark’s Faithful Women. Dissertation.
  • Lyons-Pardue, K. (Forthcoming).“Commentary on Philemon” in Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon: A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition, New Beacon Bible Commentary (Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City).
  • Lyons-Pardue, K. (Forthcoming). “One Jesus Painted by Four Artists/Gospels,” Holiness Today magazine.
  • Lyons-Pardue, K. (Forthcoming). “Jesus and the Law,” Global Wesleyan Dictionary of Biblical Theology.
  •  Lyons-Pardue, K. (2016). “Ancient Sardis,” for Illustrated Bible Life Adult Sunday School curriculum (WordAction; Kansas City, Mo.: Nazarene Publishing House).
  •  Lyons-Pardue, K. (2016, March). Presentation: “The Old and New Births of Onesimus” at Wesleyan Theological Society (“WTS”) Meeting in San Diego.
  •  Lyons-Pardue, K. (2016). 8 passage commentaries on Mark for Illustrated Bible Life Adult Sunday School curriculum, Winter 2015/16.
  • Lyons-Pardue, K. (2015, November). Presentation: “A Syrophoenician Becomes a Canaanite: The Narrative Functions of Two Portrayals of One Woman” at Society of Biblical Literature (“SBL”) Annual Meeting in Atlanta.
  • Lyons-Pardue, K. (2015, November). Presentation: “Two Mary Magdalenes: Eusebius and the Questionable Reliability of the Gospels’ Female Witnesses” at SBL Annual Meeting in Atlanta.
  • Lyons-Pardue, K. (2014, November). Panel: “The Feminist Faithful: Connecting Faith with Feminism through Transgression and Justice” at National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.