Graduate Student in New Testament
April is writing her dissertation on the Gospel of Mark, focusing especially on the latter chapters of the Gospel. She is exploring the ways in which, through the narrative arc, Mark's author depicts Jesus as gaining, losing, and regaining honor. Of particular importance to her project are first-century CE notions of honor in the world of the Roman Empire, including not only how honor was frequently defined within Roman culture but also the ways in which such notions of honor were sometimes contested.
April is originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee and lived in the Chattanooga area until she moved to Boiling Springs, North Carolina to begin her undergraduate studies at Gardner-Webb University. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies (2009), she earned her Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Religion at Gardner-Webb (2014) as well. During her graduate studies at Gardner-Webb, she began working at the university. After completing her master’s degrees, she served for two years as an instructor in the Religious Studies and Philosophy Department at Gardner-Webb while remaining a full-time staff member. She moved to Dallas in 2016 to begin her PhD in New Testament within the Dedman College Graduate Program in Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University.
April is a recipient of the University PhD Fellowship at SMU. She also teaches an introductory Bible course for the Course of Study School at SMU's Perkins School of Theology.