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Kandy Queen-Sutherland

Sam R Marks Professor of Religion, Professor of Religious Studies

Kandy Queen-Sutherland, Sam R Marks chair of religion, is a pioneer of women in ministry and in religious studies. Among the first ordained women to pastor a Baptist church, Queen-Sutherland joined the religious studies department at Stetson in 1982-83 before becoming the first female professor of theology in Switzerland. Queen-Sutherland rejoined the faculty in 1991. In addition to teaching, she has served as director of the office of international education, director of Stetson's Self-Study 2000 for SACS re-accreditation, and chaired the implementation of the course unit curriculum in Arts and Sciences.

Beyond Stetson, she has spoken at numerous conferences in the U.S. and as a guest lecturer in Switzerland, Poland, Spain, Yugoslavia and the Czech Republic. She is a past-president of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion and is an Old Testament editor for the multi-volume Smyth and Helwys Bible Commentary.

In 2010 she was honored with Stetson's Hand Award for Community Impact and presently serves as president of the Board of Directors for the Neighborhood Center, a non-profit working to prevent homelessness and hunger in the local community.


  • Post-doctoral study, University of Zurich
  • Ph.D., Southern Seminary
  • M.Div., Southern Seminary
  • B.S., Winthrop University

Course Topics

  • Introduction to Biblical Literature
  • Elementary Biblical Hebrew
  • Gender and Difference in Biblical Texts and Traditions
  • Hebrew Festival Scrolls
  • Prophets of Social Justice
  • Slaves, Whores, and Poors: Religion and Oppression

Research Interests

  • Hebrew scripture
  • Race, gender, class and religion


  • Old Testament Editor, Smyth and Helwys Bible Commentary Song of Songs, Esther, Lamentations, Ruth, Smyth and Helwys Bible Commentary, (forthcoming)
  • "Naming the Enemy: Esther and the Prophets," Perspectives in Religious Studies, vol. 35, No. 2, Summer 2008
  • "A Party Called Faith" (5 part series), The Pastor's Bible Study, Volume 4, Abingdon Press 2007
  • "Mining Baptist History and Tradition for Biblical Studies," Perspectives in Religious Studies, Vol. 25, No. 1, Spring '98
  • "Sticks and Stones = Broken Bones, But Words . . . ?" Perspectives in Religious Studies, Vol. 24, No. 2, Summer '97
  • "Esther," Mercer Commentary on the Bible, 1995
  • "Additions to Esther," Mercer Commentary on the Bible, 1995


Faculty Expert

  • Women and religion
  • Race, gender, class and religion
  • Hebrew scripture/biblical literature

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