Rev. Dr. Surekha Nelavala serves as an adjunct instructor at United Lutheran Seminary. She is a pastor at Harmony Community Lutheran Church as well as serving at a mission church, Global Peace Lutheran Fellowship, to build a community with multicultural focus through praise, worship and fellowship. Dr. Nelavala is ordained in the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church (AELC) India, and Rostered in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). She has teaching experience both in India and in the United States. She taught as a visiting lecturer in Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Gettysburg, PA, and as an adjunct faculty member at Hood College, Frederick, MD, and served as an Assistant Professor at Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute, Chennai, India. She has delivered lectures and made presentations at several academic and ecclesial forums that included SBL, United Nations, World Council of Churches, and Lutheran World Federation, ELCA, NCCUSA on the topics related to Religion, church and social justice. Dr. Nelavala has traveled internationally and thus cultivated inter-cultural and inter-contextual perspectives as well as multicultural perspectives as a biblical scholar.
She is committed to the ecclesiastical cause of bringing scholarship and people of God together in developing praxis-oriented liberating hermeneutics of the Bible, which she intends to use effectively in her ministry. Rev. Nelavala’s passion as a minister is to bring good news of Christ to the people effectively while offering theologically grounded Christian teaching through preaching, liturgy and Bible studies. In addition, Dr. Nelavala has a worked as an Executive Director, Women’s Desk, UELCI, and involved in church ministries and social advocacy for justice.
Ph.D. (Biblical Studies, New Testament) – Drew University, NJ, USAEducation
M.Phil (Biblical Studies, New Testament) – Drew University, NJ, USA
M.Th (Biblical Studies, New Testament) – Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute, India
B.D (M.Div) – Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute, India
B.Sc (Chemistry) – DRW College, Gudur, India
Liberation Beyond Borders: Dalit Feminist Hermeneutics and Four Gospel Women. Köln, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2009.
Paradigms of Authority in the New Testament: Women’s Perspective. New Delhi: ISPCK, 2002.
“‘My Story’ in Intersection with Galatians 3: 26-28: An Indian-Dalit Feminist Interpretation” written for Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics (Uriah Kim & Seung Ai Yang, eds.,T&T Clark, Edinburgh).
“Ruth as an Ideal Woman;” “Marrying a Husband’s Household;” “Shame and Honor;” “Bridal customs” A Contributing Voice in Ruth – Wisdom Commentary, Vol 8 (Alice L. Laffey & Mahri Leonard-Fleckman, eds., Collegeville:MN, Liturgical Press: 2017), 17-18, 108-109;&136.
“Martin Luther’s Concept of Sola Scriptura and its Impact on the Masses: A Dalit
Model for Praxis-Nexus” in Encounters With Luther: New Directions For Critical Studies (Kirsi Stjerna & Brooks Shramm eds., Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster Johnknox Press, 2016), 232-238.
“Patriarchy, a threat to human bonding: A reading of the story of Ruth in the light of marriage and family structure in India” in Reading Ruth in Asia (Jione Havea & Peter H.W. Lau, eds. SBL Press, 2015), 89-98.
“Satsang” Asian American Religious Cultures, Vol 2 (Jonathan Lee, Fumitaka Matsuoka, Edmond Yee & Ronald Y. Nakasone, eds. ABC- Clio, 2015), 758.
“Balavihar” in Asian American Religious Cultures, Vol 1 (Jonathan Lee, Fumitaka Matsuoka, Edmond Yee & Ronald Y. Nakasone, eds. ABC- Clio, 2015), 205-209.
“Female Purity in Leviticus and India” in Global Perspectives in the Old Testament (Mark Ronace & Joseph Weaver, eds. Boston: Pearson, 2014), 75-76.
“Ruth and Naomi in a Joint Family System” in Global Perspectives in the Old Testament (Mark Ronace & Joseph Weaver, eds. Boston: Pearson, 2014), 192-193.
“A Reflective Analysis of the Church in India – The Role and Function of NCCI in The Church and Society” in Prophetic Ecumenism: The Journey Ahead
(R. Christopher Jayakumar, ed., Tiruvilla, India: CSS, 2014), 143-155.
“A Comparison of Marriage Practices in India With the Parable of the Ten Virgins” in Global Perspectives on the Bible (Mark Ronace & Joseph Weaver, eds. Boston: Pearson, 2014), 235-237.
“Third Wave Feminism” in 251-255 Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Gender Studies (Julia M. O’Brien, ed. Oxford University Press, Oxford: 2014), 251-255.
“Visibility of Her Sins: Reading the “Sinful Woman in Luke7:36-50 from a Dalit Feminist Perspective” in Dalit Theology in the Twenty First Century:
Discordant Voices, Discerning Pathways (Sathianathan Clarke and Deenabandhu Manchala & Philip Vinod Peacock, eds. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2010): 252-264.
“Inclusivity and Distinctions: The Future of Dalit Feminist Biblical Studies” in New Feminist Christianity: Many Voices, Many Views (Mary Hunt and Diann L. Neu, eds.Woodstock, VT: Skylight Paths Publishing, 2010): 100-106.
“Smart Syrophoenician Woman: A Dalit Feminist Reading of Mark 7:24-30.” Women and Christianity – Critical Concepts in Religious Studies. (Kwok Pui-lan, ed. New York: Routledge Publishing Company, 2010), 343-350.
“Luther’s Sutra: An Indian, Subaltern (Dalit) Perceptions” forthcoming in Intersections 46 (Fall 2017).
God as “The King” and His act of Reconciliation: Hope! Despair! A Postcolonial Dalit-Feminist Re-interpretation of “the Vineyard and the Laborers,” in Currents in Theology and Mission 43:3 (July 2016).
“Surrogate Mothers in India–Are they empowered or exploited? A discussion from a feminist perspective” Journal of Lutheran Ethics 15.6 (June 2015), http://www.elca.org/JLE/Articles/1097
“Martin Luther’s Concept of Sola Scriptura and its Impact on the Masses: A Dalit Model for Praxis-Nexus” Seminary Ridge Review 14.1 (Spring 2013), 64-71.
“A contextual reading of the Parable of the Persisting Widow (Luke 18: 1-8): An Indian Perspective” Seminary Ridge Review 14.1 (Autumn 2011), 1-10.
“`Babylon the Great Mother of Whores’ (Rev 17:5): A Postcolonial Feminist Perspective.” The Expository Times 121 (November 2009): 60-65.
“`My” Story is `Our’ Story: An Auto/biographical feminist reading of the Hemorrhaging woman (Mark 5: 21-34).” Gurukul Journal (October 2008).
“Matthew 23: 1-12.” The Expository Times 120.1 (November 2008).
“Jesus asks the Samaritan Woman for a Drink: A Dalit Feminist Reading of John 4.” www.opentheology.org (December 2007).
“A Dalit Woman’s Voice in Biblical Interpretation: Can She Speak.” In God’s Image: Journal for Asian Women’s Resource Center for Culture and Theology 26.3 (September 2007).
“Jesus asks the Samaritan Woman for a Drink: A Dalit Feminist Reading of John 4.” Lectio Difficilior (June, 2007).
“One More Look at Mary and Martha.” In God’s Image 26.1 (March 2007).
“Smart Syrophoenician Woman: A Dalit Feminist Reading of Mark 7:24-30.” The Expository Times 118. 2 (November 2006): 64-69.
“Peace and its Manifestations – Women as Peace Makers.” In God’s Image 25. 2 (June 2006).
“Dalit Feminist Interpretation (Mk 5: 21-34).” NCCI Review (March 2001).
“Bible Study – Acts 2.” Women’s Magazine, Lutheran World Federation (March 2000).
“Let in thy Holy Spirit.” Women’s Magazine, Lutheran World Federation (March 2000).