Leah Payne wins 2018-19 Faculty Achievement Award
Graduate Research and Scholarship


Erica Ramirez

Dr. Leah Payne won the 2018-19 Faculty Achievement Award for Graduate Research & Scholarship at George Fox University. 

Since joining the faculty in 2014, Dr. Payne has contributed peer-reviewed articles to The Journal of Ritual Studies, Fashion Theory, Pneuma: the Journal for the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Quaker Religious Thought, The Canadian Journal of Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity, and Dialog: A Journal of Theology. Her latest article “Bobs and the ‘Character of Our Citizenship’: Early Pentecostals, Women, and Public Life in the United States of America,” is forthcoming in Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions. This year she will also co-author a chapter for the edited volume, Religion, Attire, and Adornment in North America (Columbia University Press) and will contribute an article to the Women in the World's Religions and Spirituality Project. In addition to these academic contributions, in 2018-19, Dr. Payne published multiple articles in Christianity Today and The Washington Post. With Professor Brian Doak, she co-hosts the podcast “Weird Religion,” which features fun and funny explorations of religion and pop culture and is in the middle of production for its third season.

Dr. Payne earned her PhD at Vanderbilt University in 2013, and began teaching full time for Portland Seminary in 2014 through the Louisville Institute’s Vocation of the Theological Educator Initiative and later became ladder-faculty as Assistant Professor of Theology. Her first book, Gender and Pentecostal Revivalism: Making a Female Ministry in the Early Twentieth Century, was published in 2016 with Palgrave MacMillan and was the Winner of the Pneuma Book of the Year by the Society for Pentecostal Studies. Her second book explores the intersection of politics & popular culture in American Pentecostalism.

Since 2014, she has authored or co-authored ten articles and book chapters and has presented eleven juried papers at academic conferences. She has served on multiple grant teams that have won over $2 million from the Lilly Endowment, the Kern Foundation, and the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning. Dr. Payne is a member of the Foursquare Education Commission, and is a frequently requested speaker at local congregations and national meetings.