Ph.D., University of Chicago
A native Chicagoan, Nancy Pardee did her graduate work at the University of Chicago, earning her doctorate from the Department of New Testament and Early Christian Literature. For the past 10 years she has been an adjunct instructor at Saint Xavier University and has more recently taken on the position of administrator for the University of Chicago Center for Jewish Studies.
Nancy's primary interest is in the formation of the Church in its earliest stages and her recent book, The Genre and Development of the Didache, is a revision and expansion of her dissertation. For nine years she served as a member of the steering committee for the Didache in Context section of the SBL, she currently heads the Early Christianity/Patristics section for the Midwest SBL, and she serves as treasurer and member of the executive committee for the Chicago Society of Biblical Research. While her earlier presentations and publications focused largely on the Didache and post-apostolic Christianity, she has also co-authored a publication on Psalm 29 with her husband, Dennis Pardee, and is currently finishing works on 1 Peter and on the figure of Mary in the Gospel of John.
Nancy is an active member of St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Des Plaines where she serves as a lay eucharistic minister, trains and organizes a contingent of acolytes and crucifers, and coordinates coffee hour. An empty-nester, she and her husband are now parents to two rescue dogs and she also loves flower gardening. She will be teaching the Gospel of John in Spring 2013 and 2014 and Revelation and the letters of John in Fall 2013.