Dr. Julia Pizzuto-Pomaco comes to PBA from New Jersey. She earned her Ph.D. in New Testament from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She completed her M.Div. at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and her M.S.W. and B.S.W. from Temple University. She spent the last 15 years in ministry and teaching. Dr. Pizzuto-Pomaco taught at Palmer Theological Seminary (formerly Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary) since 1998 in a variety of capacities. She initially taught in their certificate program for church leaders and later in their M.Div. program in biblical studies (New Testament, biblical theology and biblical interpretation). She directed and nurtured their M.Div./M.S.W. program, teaching and advising dual degree students who came to be trained as pastors, social workers and church social workers. Dr. Pizzuto-Pomaco was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in 1999, and has 14 years of experience in suburban, rural and urban contexts. She has ministered as an associate, solo and senior pastor in New Jersey and Philadelphia. Julia has worked as a social worker in child welfare and as a mobile therapist, and has served as a year-long volunteer with Scripture Union in Scotland, working with children, youth and local churches. Julia’s doctoral thesis was entitled “From Shame to Honour: Mediterranean Women in Romans 16.” She then published “Unity in the Midst of Diversity: The Early Church at Rome as Reflected in Romans 16” in Who Killed Goliath? Reading the Bible with Heart and Mind (Judson Press, 2000). Dr. Pizzuto-Pomaco has presented workshops at the North American Christians in Social Work’s annual conferences. She is particularly interested in the integration of social work and ministry, biblical interpretation and women in the biblical text. She appreciates spending time with her husband Joe and their three children (Anna, John and Joshua – who just happen to be the same age!). As a family they have enjoyed serving the Lord together, particularly by leading several church mission trips and many outreach events.