Dr Lissa Wray Beal joined the faculty as Professor of Old Testament on August 1, 2022. She came to Wycliffe from Providence Theological Seminary in Otterburne, Manitoba where she was Professor of Old Testament, and Chair of the Bible and Theology Department. She grew up in the United Church before becoming part of the Pentecostal tradition, in which she was ordained. She has a Master of Divinity from Edmonton Baptist Seminary. In the late 1990s she came to the Toronto School of Theology to pursue doctoral studies, receiving her PhD from St Michael’s College in 2003. While a student, she worked as a Teaching Assistant at Wycliffe College to Dr Marion Taylor, and taught at the College as an adjunct instructor. She also taught at Tyndale University College and Seminary, Master’s College and Seminary, and Queen’s University before taking up her a position at Providence in 2004. In 2014 she was ordained to the Priesthood in the Anglican Church of Canada in the Diocese of Rupert’s Land.
Professor Wray Beal teaches a wide range of Old Testament subjects, but her current research is focussed on the books of Joshua, 1-2 Kings, and Jeremiah. The author of two commentaries (on Joshua, published by Zondervan; and on 1 and 2 Kings, published by InterVarsity Press), she has written a number of articles both for the academy and for more popular audiences. She is co-editing two commentary series, one with Baker and the other with Cascade.