The award is for her recent book, which analyzes the factors resulting in the present situation among American Pentecostal women in ministry and proposes solutions that address the problems that have perpetuated their ecclesial restrictions.
Stephenson’s book, “Dismantling the Dualisms for American Pentecostal Women in Ministry: A Feminist-Pneumatological Approach,” was presented the award in Seattle, Wash., by the Society for Pentecostal Studies (SPS) for its “significant achievement in scholarship related to Pentecostal and Charismatic studies.”
The book, which was published by E. J. Brill, uses a “biblical and theological rationale” to address issues that affect local churches and communities.
“In many Pentecostal denominations there are still restrictions placed on women that prohibit them from fully engaging in all aspects of the church,” said Stephenson. “My hope is that the content of the book will encourage women who are called to ministry.”
This is the 11th year the Pneuma Book Award has been given, each year celebrating the highest-quality academic books on Pentecostal Theology. Past recipients include scholars and theologians from Duke University, University of Toronto, and Fuller Theological Seminary.
“I was very honored and humbled for my book to receive the 2013 Pneuma Book Award,” Stephenson said. “For it now to be listed alongside the previous winners is a great privilege.”
The Society for Pentecostal Studies began in 1970 and is an organization dedicated to open discussion for all academic disciplines as a spiritual service to the kingdom of God.