The Junia Project advocates for the inclusion of women in church leadership and for mutuality in marriage. We believe that when interpreted correctly, the Bible teaches that both men and women are called to serve at all levels of the Church, and that leadership should be based primarily on gifting and not on gender. If you are new to this conversation we recommend this short booklet that describes the biblical foundation for this position: The Bible Teaches the Equal Standing of Men and Women by Phil Payne.
The Mission of The Junia Project
- To encourage the study and understanding of egalitarian theology
- To advocate for the inclusion of women at all levels of church leadership
- To let women know that God loves them deeply and intends for them to be equal participants in the faith community
- To encourage men to advocate for women and to work alongside them in Kingdom work
- To provide resources on women in the Bible to enrich church teaching
The Junia Project Blog
The blog serves as a platform to communicate an accurate understanding of egalitarian theology and to share reflections on gender equality. While writers come from varying backgrounds, the administrative team holds a Wesleyan theological perspective.
The Junia Project Administrative Team
Gail Wallace Ph.D. is Co-Founder of The Junia Project and served as the Associate Pastor at Foothill Community Church in Azusa before retiring. A former MK from Japan, she lives in southern California with her husband of 45 years, and enjoys spending time with her family, especially her nine grandkids! She holds B.S.N. and M.A. degrees from Azusa Pacific University and a Ph.D. from Walden University. The focus of her graduate studies included Christian education, adult learning, women’s development, and spiritual formation. Gail also holds a Certificate in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary and is ordained by the Free Methodist Church, USA.
Kate Wallace Nunneley M.Sc. is Co-Founder of The Junia Project & Lead Pastor at Wellspring Free Methodist Church. As a Christian & feminist, Kate enjoys writing & speaking at the intersection of theology & gender. She lives in Bakersfield, CA with her husband Leif, their adorable son Jonathan, & their two dogs. Kate is currently pursuing her Master of Divinity degree at Azusa Pacific Seminary. She holds a Master of Science from London School of Economics & a Bachelor of Arts from Azusa Pacific University.
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