Kristin Helms, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Christian Scripture
585.594.6328
Helms_Kristin@roberts.edu

Prior to her arrival at RWC in 2016, Kristin Helms served at-risk children in Camden, NJ, where she fed, mentored, tutored, and taught the children about God’s love.  She also served as Associate Pastor at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Thorofare, NJ, where she led in areas of evangelism, teaching, and outreach.  Meanwhile, she taught Biblical Studies, Hebrew, Greek, and the integration of theology and practical ministry at the masters and doctoral level Biblical Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA and the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA.  Now on the faculty at RWC, she teaches Introduction to the Old Testament to students in the general education program, upper level Old Testament classes on various books and topics, and the biblical languages.  She has a passion for helping college students learn to study and apply God’s word faithfully to their lives.  She is ordained in the United Methodist Church.

RESEARCH

Her current research interest is in birth imagery in relation to creation imagery and to the female womb in the Old Testament.   Her work is motivated by painful experiences of women she has encountered in churches as they have struggled with infertility, miscarriage, and other difficulties in the childbirth process, and she is currently under contract to write a book that will serve as a resource for our culture in faithfully understanding the scriptural framework for such scenarios.

PUBLICATIONS

“Haggai.” The Wesley One-Volume Commentary on the Bible. Edited by Kenneth J. Collins and Joel B. Green. Nashville: Abington, forthcoming.

“Malachi.” The Wesley One-Volume Commentary on the Bible. Edited by Kenneth J. Collins and Joel B. Green. Nashville: Abington, forthcoming.

“Zechariah.” The Wesley One-Volume Commentary on the Bible. Edited by Kenneth J. Collins and Joel B. Green. Nashville: Abington, forthcoming.

“Hypostasis.” Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception. Volume 12. Edited by Hans-Joseph Klauck, Volker Leppin, Bernard McGinn, Choon-Leong Seow, Hermann Spieckermann, Barry Dov Walfish, and Eric J. Ziolkowsk. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, forthcoming.

“Fire,” Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception. Volume 9. Edited by Edited by Hans-Joseph Klauck, Volker Leppin, Bernard McGinn, Choon-Leong Seow, Hermann Spieckermann, Barry Dov Walfish, and Eric J. Ziolkowsk. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2014.

“Eye,” Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception. Volume 7. Edited by Edited by Hans-Joseph Klauck, Volker Leppin, Bernard McGinn, Choon-Leong Seow, Hermann Spieckermann, Barry Dov Walfish, and Eric J. Ziolkowsk. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2013.

“Abda,” “Abdeel,” “Abdi,” “Abdiel,” “Ahuzzath,” “Adoniram,” and “Ahijah.” Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception. Volume 1. Edited by Hans-Joseph Klauck, Volker Leppin, Bernard McGinn, Choon-Leong Seow, Hermann Spieckermann, Barry Dov Walfish, and Eric J. Ziolkowski. Berlin: Walter De Gruyter, 2009.

“Kiriath” and “Maadai” in The New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary. Volume 3. Edited by Katherine Doob Sakenfeld. Nashville: Abington Press, 2008.