Rev. Dr. Lissa M. Wray Beal

The Rev. Dr. Lissa M. Wray Beal is originally from the Vancouver area but her ministry and studies have taken her to the Northwest Territories, Edmonton, Toronto, and now Winnipeg. She pastored in Edmonton before earning her PhD in 2004 from the University of St. Michael’s College at the Toronto School of Theology. During her studies she taught as an adjunct professor at Tyndale Seminary and other schools, and in 2004 joined the faculty of Providence Theological Seminary near Winnipeg. She serves as the Professor of Old Testament and chair of the Bible and Theology Department at the seminary, and as an ordained priest in the Anglican Church.

Her ministry ties her academic work to the life of the Church and her passion is to reveal the Old Testament’s enduring witness to God, and its necessary role in New Testament faith. Her published work includes commentaries on 1–2 Kings, Joshua (forthcoming, 2019), and articles on 1–2 Kings, Joshua, and Psalms. She is currently preparing a commentary on Jeremiah.

She lives in Winnipeg with her husband, Steve. There, as much as ministry (and weather!) allows, she works in her large perennial garden. She and Steve enjoy travelling, often feeling more like pilgrims than tourists as they like to visit cathedrals and trace the lives of the saints.


Quench: Refreshment from the Psalms

Tuesday – Psalm 114: The waters of power
Wednesday – Psalm 137: The waters of sorrow
Thursday – Psalm 23: The waters of comfort