Priscilla Pope-Levison came to the Pacific Northwest thirteen years ago for a faculty appointment as Professor of Theology and Assistant Director of Women's Studies at Seattle Pacific University, and she has fallen in love with the region. Any free time will find her hiking or snowshoeing, gardening, or gazing out her study window at the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountain range. Her interdisciplinary publications combine Theology, Gender Studies, Church History, and Mission and Evangelism. She recently published her sixth book, Building the Old Time Religion: Women Evangelists in the Progressive Era (NYU Press, 2014). She has also authored, Turn the Pulpit Loose: Two Centuries of American Women Evangelists (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Evangelization from a Liberation Perspective (Peter Lang, 1991).
With her spouse of more than 30 years, Jack Levison, she has published Sex, Gender, and Christianity (Wipf & Stock, 2012), Return to Babel: Global Perspectives on the Bible (WJK, 1999) and Jesus in Global Contexts (WJK, 1992). They also recently co-authored the United Methodist Women's 2014 Spiritual Growth Study, How Is It With Your Soul? She is an ordained United Methodist minister and has served as a local church pastor and a college chaplain.
During the Progessive Era, a period of unprecedented ingenuity, women evangelists built the old time religion with brick and mortar, uniforms and automobiles, fresh converts and devoted protégés. Across America, entrepreneurial women founded churches, denominations, religious training schools, rescue homes, rescue missions, and evangelistic organizations. Until now, these intrepid women have gone largely unnoticed, though their collective yet unchoreographed decision to build institutions in the service of evangelism marked a seismic shift in American Christianity.