Jennifer G Bird, PhD


An East Coaster by upbringing, undergrad and graduate schools, Dr. Bird is currently teaching, speaking, and writing in the Portland, OR area. Her background within the United Methodist Church, education in a Presbyterian Church institution, and time spent in several ministerial contexts all inform her interest in having quite honest, & sometimes difficult, conversations about what is actually to be found in the Christian Bible scriptures.


No question, her favorite conversations include

gender, sexuality, and marriage ~

what the Bible does and does not say about them!



BS Mathematics, Education Minor
 Virginia Tech . 1994

Master of Divinity
Princeton Theological Seminary . 2001

PhD, New Testament & Early Christianity
Vanderbilt University . 2007

Work Experience

Adjunct Assistant Professor . University of Portland

2014 - present

The Theology Department has graciously welcomed Dr. Bird into their community. She teaches a regular schedule, every year, of several sections of the biblical introduction course and
an upper level hermeneutics course, "The Bible in a Global Village."

Part-Time Faculty . Portland Community College

2014 - present


Dr. Bird first started teaching Introduction to World Religions courses and has been at the center of developing the introduction courses on the two Christian testaments of the Bible. 

Associate Professor of Religion . Greensboro College

2007 - 2013


Six years of incredible experiences teaching Honors and Biblical Studies Courses, 
directing the Women's & Gender Studies Program,

and supporting students in their extracurricular endeavors.
It was her time in North Carolina that led Dr. Bird to "marriage in the Bible" as a scholarly focus.


"I managed to see the delightful, intelligent, and trail-blazing Dr Jennifer Bird speak tonight on the topic of sex and the Bible. Nothing I like more than a fresh perspective, an accepting and egalitarian approach to a very often exclusionary subject. Very impressive."

— Rachel Anderson Neu, Salem, Virginia

"Love, love, love reading her work. Makes even this old woman think about things differently."

— Barbara Boggs, Roanoke, Virginia