Alaine Thomson Buchanan is a follower of Jesus, an active duty Army chaplain’s wife, a mom, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a Ph.D. graduate in Theological Studies (Second Temple Jewish History and Literature [Old Testament, New Testament, Old Testament Apocrypha, Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, Dead Sea Scrolls, and the writings of Philo, Josephus, Pliny the Elder, Pliny the Younger, Herodotus, Tacitus, Diodorus Siculus, and Suetonius]), a university/college professor, an ordained minister, a public speaker, a preacher, and a Bible study teacher, trainer and writer. She was given the 2016 Regent University “Outstanding Graduate” in the Ph.D. in Theological Studies program award. She recently completed the Allender Center’s “Narrative Focused Trauma Care Level 1” certification and also advocates for suicide prevention, women in ministry and for those who are unjustifiably treated as “less than” others.
She firmly believes in having one foot in the academy (graduate and undergraduate levels) and one foot in the church (both the high liturgical church and the Pentecostal/charismatic movement). She believes that the best place for ministers to be is in higher education and the best place for professors to be is in the church, such that theology should impact praxis and praxis should inform theology. Being both a minister and an academic, she believes she gets to participate in the best and the most challenging aspects of both worlds. Being an active duty military spouse, a mom and an advocate adds on deeper dimensions to both aspects.
She enjoys spending time with her husband and son, watching professional football, soccer and hockey, drinking hot tea, eating chocolate, going to the beach, boogie/body boarding, playing board/strategy games, meeting new people, and hanging out with friends.
Alaine is available for speaking engagements, seminars, conferences, preaching, or teaching, and she can address anything from basic Bible study methods to in-depth studies about scripture, biblical history and culture, the Second Temple Period (sometimes called the Intertestamental Period), the interpretation of the Old Testament/Jewish Scriptures in the the Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament, the work of the Spirit in the process of Biblical interpretation, biblical languages, the biblical basis for women in ministry, the relationship between biblical/extra-biblical literature and current “biblical/spiritual” movies, and connections between the Biblical text and current social concerns.