Bonnie Thurston is a New Testament scholar who held the William F. Orr Professorship in the New Testament at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary from 1999 to 2002. She is the author or editor of eighteen theological books and five collections of poetry. In addition, she has written poetry and articles for numerous publications.
Thurston earned a bachelor’s degree in English (First Honors) from Bethany College and master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Virginia. She has done post-doctoral work in the New Testament at Harvard Divinity School; Eberhard Karls University in Tuebingen, Germany; and the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem.
An ordained Protestant minister since 1984, Thurston taught at the university level for thirty years and has also served as a pastor at five churches and two overseas ministries. She is a spiritual director and experienced retreat leader and a founding member and past president of the International Thomas Merton Society.
Thurston lives in West Virginia.