Janette H. Ok, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Biblical and Theological Studies

Phone: (626) 815-6070
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Janette Ok, Ph.D., conducts research on 1 Peter, the formation of early Christian identity, and the letters of John, and is interested in Asian American, intersectional, feminist, and social-scientific approaches to biblical interpretation. She is the associate editor of a forthcoming volume called The New Testament in Color: A Multiethnic Commentary on the New Testament (IVP Academic) and is writing a commentary on 1-3 John (NICNT, Eerdmans). She has also contributed chapters to the T&T Clark Handbook of Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics (Bloomsbury, 2019) and Intersecting Realities: Race, Identity, and Culture in the Spiritual-Moral Life of Young Asian Americans (Cascade, 2018). As an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature, she is co-chair of the Asian and Asian-American Hermeneutics program unit. She has also been on the SBL Status of Women in the Profession Committee and on the steering committee for the Minoritized Criticism and Biblical Interpretation program unit. As a church leader, she has more than 20 years of ministry experience and is a pastor at Ekko Church in Anaheim, California. Her interdisciplinary interests and ecclesial commitments have shaped her preaching, teaching, and scholarship, giving her a practical focus on church ministry and Christian leadership.


  • Ph.D., Biblical Studies: New Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
  • B.A., Study of Religion, University of California, Los Angeles

Academic Area

  • Azusa Pacific Seminary


  • 1 Peter
  • Church Ministry and Leadership
  • Cultural, Racial-Ethnic, and Feminist Biblical Interpretation
  • New Testament
  • New Testament Exegesis
  • Social-Scientific Approaches to the New Testament

Courses Taught

  • GBBL 512 – The Gospels’ Witness to Christ
  • GBBL 532 – Paul the Pastor and Theologian
  • GINS 507 – The Bible and Preaching
  • GINS 542 – The Gospels and Christology