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Alvera Mickelsen

Alvera Mickelsen was a founder of CBE, and she was CBE’s first board chair in 1997. She worked with grassroots CBE chapters, and served for years as a CBE board member. A gifted teacher, writer, and editor, Alvera authored accessible books that remain bestsellers not only in CBE’s community, but around the world.

Disturbed by the shallow reading of Scripture used by many Christians to marginalize women’s gifts, Alvera frequently wrote for and edited CBE publications, and spoke at CBE events and those of her denomination—the Baptist General Conference.

A key visionary within CBE and a tough debater, Alvera was intensely gracious to all she engaged. She was a sought-after mentor for younger egalitarians, writers, scholars, and leaders. She was in constant contact with her students, and served as a faithful guide to many aspiring movers and shakers.

Alvera was a people’s theologian, bending her enormous talents toward fanning into flames God’s gifts and call in everyone’s lives. And, she was enormously successful because she was far more interested in seeing everyone become an advocate for biblical justice than she was in her own success or reputation. She had no need to do it all herself. Her holy self-disinterest was wildly empowering.

Resources By This Author

Academic Article | July 25, 2014

Does Gender Matter in Advancing the Gospel?

Blog/Magazine Article | Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | August 4, 2010

Head of the House?

Blog/Magazine Article | Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | June 5, 2010

Are Men More Rational and Women More Emotional?

Blog/Magazine Article | Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | November 18, 2009

A Man Will Leave His Father and Mother

Blog/Magazine Article | Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | July 29, 2009

The Ultimate Marriage Passage

Blog/Magazine Article | Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | March 18, 2009

Do We Follow Christ or Culture?

Blog/Magazine Article | Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | December 24, 2008

Mary, the Mother of Jesus

Blog/Magazine Article | Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | November 19, 2008

What Does it Mean to Follow Jesus?

Blog/Magazine Article | Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | July 23, 2008

Customs and Traditions

Blog/Magazine Article | Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | July 16, 2008

Twenty Years Later

Blog/Magazine Article | Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | June 5, 2008

Q: My Church is Unwilling to Address the Gender Debate…

Book Review | Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | September 5, 2004

Tracing God’s Women from Genesis to the New Testament: God’s Women Then and Now

Blog/Magazine Article | Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | March 5, 2002

Q&A: Does CBE’s View of Women in Ministry Twist What the Bible Says in 1 Timothy?

Blog/Magazine Article | Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | December 6, 2001

Q&A: Does a Woman Need a Male Covering Over Her Ministry?

Blog/Magazine Article | Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | June 6, 2001

Q&A: Does the Bible Allow Women to Have Authority Over Men?

Blog/Magazine Article | Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | September 5, 2000

How Can Graciousness Forward The Message Of Equality?

Book Review | Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | June 5, 2000

Book Review: Women Leaders and the Church

Academic Article | Priscilla Papers | Academic Journal | July 31, 1998

Did Paul Practice What He Preached?

Academic Article | Priscilla Papers | Academic Journal | October 31, 1997

Which Bible to Use?

Book Review | Priscilla Papers | Academic Journal | April 30, 1988

A Cord of Three Strands: A Way for Both Men and Women to Be Used Fully by God

Book Review | Priscilla Papers | Academic Journal | July 31, 1987

Is God the Only Reliable Father?

Academic Article | Priscilla Papers | Academic Journal | January 30, 1987

Women and the Church in China