Cheri L. Pierson has a Doctorate in Education from Northern Illinois University, USA, and is an associate professor at Wheaton Graduate School. She specializes in teacher education, methodology and English for specific purposes. She is the author of several books including Dictionary of Theological Terms in Simplified English: Student Workbook and Exploring Theological English.
It is no easy task to move from a general proficiency in English to navigating the specialized English so often used in theological resources. In addition to linguistic challenges, theology students with English as a second language encounter difficult concepts and different ways of thinking. In response, Exploring Parables in Luke aims to help such students engage with theological literature more effectively. Chapter by chapter, as students work through the theologically rich explorations of Jesus' parables, they will grow in their proficiency of both English and theology. As a result, students will not only have a greater ability to access English language theological libraries, but also contribute to them.