General Synod president to speak
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Professor of Old Testament at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Mich., Bechtel is the first ordained woman pastor to serve as the denomination’s president. She is the author of several books, including Esther: A Commentary for Teaching and Preaching in the Interpretation series, and two devotional collections: Glimpses of Grace and Life After Grace. Bechtel, a frequent preacher and teacher, has also published five Bible study curricula, including Living in Community and Above and Beyond: Hearing God’s Call in Jonah and Ruth.
Prior to joining Western’s faculty in 1994, Bechtel taught at the Presbyterian School of Christian Education and Yale Divinity School. She has served on the RCA’s Commission on Christian Worship and is a General Synod professor of theology. An Illinois native, Bechtel graduated from Hope College, received a Master of Divinity degree from Western Theological Seminary and earned a doctorate from Yale University.