Westar Institute

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Charter Member

Glenna Jackson

Institutional Affiliation

Professor, Department of Religion and Philosophy

Otterbein University, Westerville, Ohio


• B.A., University of Dubuque • Ph.D., Marquette University


An active Fellow of the Jesus Seminar, Glenna Jackson is involved in a variety of Westar projects. She has spent sabbaticals as a scholar-teacher at Africa University in Zimbabwe, The Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, The American University of Beirut in Lebanon, and research in Namibia, Malawi, Botswana, and South Africa. In addition, she has a research affiliation with The University of Pretoria and has lectured in Cameroon, Finland, Canada, Australia and The Journeys of Paul in Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Crete. Her passion for both teaching and research centers on issues of social justice from the first century through today’s world and on a global basis. You can find a story about her in the United Methodist News Service (February 8, 2012): “Africa becomes theology professor’s passion.” She has traveled in more than fifteen countries in Africa and nearly ten in the Middle East. Prior to earning a Ph.D., Glenna had a private teaching studio for piano, organ, and harpsichord, and served as a director of Christian education and organist/handbell director at churches in California and Wisconsin. She and her husband Gary have four children and nine grandchildren.

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