Rebecca Poe Hays (B.A., Union University; M.Div., Beeson Divinity School of Samford University; Ph.D., Baylor University) is Project Coordinator of Soundings, a Lilly grant-funded initiative overseen by the Institute for Faith and Learning and George W. Truett Theological Seminary’s Center for Ministry Effectiveness.
She has served in churches and Christian non-profits in Tennessee, Alabama, and Texas and as the Associate Editor of the journal Perspectives in Religious Studies. In addition to her work with IFL, she teaches as an adjunct at Truett Seminary and for Baylor’s Continuing Education program.
Her research interests center around the power of story and storytelling to shape beliefs and behavior, with her doctoral dissertation focusing on the rhetorical function of story in the poetry of the Hebrew Psalter. Her articles have appeared in scholarly journals including the Journal of Biblical Literature, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, and The Sewanee Theological Review, and she is the co-editor of C. S. Lewis Remembered: Collected Reflections of Students, Friends & Colleagues (Zondervan) and The Good, the True, and the Beautiful: Meditations (Chalice).