About the Authors

The Rev. Drs. John Lewis and Jane Patterson are Directors of St. Benedict’s Workshop, a ministry devoted to helping laity live their faith in all aspects of daily life. Together, they also serve as Missioners for Adult Formation in the Diocese of West Texas, and have co-authored online studies of much of the New Testament with an emphasis on the interpretation of the scriptures for faithful living. They are currently working on a book on Pauline Perspectives on Christian Vocation.

John Lewis received his D.Phil. from Oxford University in 2004, having written a dissertation called, “Looking for Life: The Role of Theo-Ethical reasoning in Paul’s Religion” (published in 2005 by T. and T. Clark).

Jane Patterson received her Ph.D. from Southern Methodist University in 2009, with her dissertation on “Keeping the Feast: Metaphors of Sacrifice in 1 Corinthians and Philippians.” She is Assistant Professor of New Testament at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, where she also teaches in the area of spiritual formation.

John Lewis leads multiple weekly reflection groups for laity on practices of everyday discernment, teaches New Testament for a variety of groups and parishes, and consults with congregations and vestries on how to live out their mission with faithfulness and courage.


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