AU To Host 40th Annual Newell Lectures


Anderson, Ind. — Anderson University is set to host its 40th Annual Newell Lectures October 11 with Dr. Nijay Gupta serving as the guest speaker. The Newell Lectures in Biblical Studies brings a noted biblical scholar to the campus for a one-day or two-day lecture in his or her field of expertise.

As a professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary, Gupta also teaches in the women’s studies program and is currently writing a book on women in the New Testament. He will be sharing from his forthcoming work on women in the early Church. 

“While women play a critical role in Jesus’ ministry and in the early days of the Church, over the course of the last two decades the work of discovery and publication of their contribution has been owed to predominantly female and feminist scholars,” said Rev. Dr. Kimberly Majeski, ​​associate professor of biblical studies at AU. “Nijay joins a host of other male scholars who have championed the recognition and impact of early Church holy women and the women of the Jesus Movement in the spread of the gospel.”

Dr. Arlo and Mrs. Helen Newell created the Newell Lectureship in Biblical Studies in 1981 for the purpose of bringing a significant specialist in the field of biblical studies to Anderson University and the School of Theology and Christian Ministry on an annual basis. It is one of the longest running lecture series in the United States.

“While in the Church of God we have been ordaining women since our beginning in the late 1880s, in many Evangelical churches and, of course, in the Catholic church, the ordination of women continues to be a problematic and prevailing issue,” said Majeski.

Any questions regarding the Newell Lectures should be directed to Jaymie Dieterle at (765) 641-4500 or

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.