DENISE PLICHTA

Denise began her career by editing a medical monograph and writing an accompanying peer-reviewed journal article during her graduate studies at UCLA (MPH, Tropical and Infectious Disease Epidemiology). Her first publication was featured on the front page of the LA Times and was debated in the California legislature. After graduation, she conducted records-based research concerning the efficacy of a polypharmacy reduction program for nursing home residents.

While taking time off from paid employment to raise her daughters, she developed supplementary science materials for her children’s schools, served as the orchestra boosters’ president, taught a weekly Bible study, and coached her daughter’s lacrosse team. As an Air Force wife, she has volunteered in churches in Germany, Texas, and in the Brandon area. She is one of the founders of Redeemer Church in Riverview.

One week after becoming an empty-nester, Denise finally took the advice of her mentor at Wheaton College by enrolling in seminary. In 2015, she completed a masters’ in Greek and Hebrew Exegesis (MABS) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Jacksonville. She is currently seeking a publisher for her final project: a Bible study which traces the themes of Genesis 1‒3 through the New Testament.

Denise’s passion is to bridge the gap between the scholars’ world and the local church. Consequently, she writes Bible studies in an academic format for a lay audience. By utilizing methods similar to scientific techniques, she investigates how the original recipients of the Bible would have understood what they were reading through the lenses of their Ancient Near Eastern and Greco-Roman cultures. As a result, many passages in the Old and New Testaments which seem mystifying to us suddenly become clear.

Much of her effort is now focused upon writing a weekly Bible study on Genesis 4‒11 and parallel New Testament texts. In her spare time, Denise loves having her children home for visits, foreign travel, gardening, working out at the gym, and cheering on the San Antonio Spurs.

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