Dr. Maxwell’s areas of research interest include New Testament studies, especially literary and rhetorical methodologies; biblical interpretation; and the history of the Christian church. She is currently working on a project designed to encourage discussion about how scripture and culture interact and to encourage the reading of scripture in community.
Her dissertation project, Hearing Between the Lines, explores the audience's active role in receiving – and telling – the story of Luke-Acts, and was recently published by T&T Clark in the Library of New Testament Studies series. Dr. Maxwell has published an article in Restoration Quarterly on the role of the audience in ancient narrative, as well as several articles in the New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible. She has presented papers at regional and national meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature on topics of characterization in the gospels, rhetorical features of ancient narrative, performance criticism, and the role of the audience in ancient narratives. At PBA, Dr. Maxwell enjoys visiting with students inside and outside of class, especially mentoring women one-on-one as they seek to mature in their faith. She regularly greets new students and their families when they visit the campus, and she works to make new students’ transition to PBA as smooth as possible. Prior to coming to PBA, she served as the director of undergraduate academic programs at the South Texas School of Christian Studies in Corpus Christi, Texas, and lectured in New Testament, Greek, and church history for programs offered by Howard Payne University and Logsdon Seminary. She is married to Dr. Nathan Maxwell, who also teaches in the School of Ministry and who is an instructional design assistant in the Office of Online Learning at PBA. When not in class or meeting with students, Dr. Maxwell enjoys scuba diving, racquetball, baking, and reading fiction.