Department ofReligion

Brenda Llewellyn Ihssen

Brenda Llewellyn Ihssen

Assistant Professor of Early and Medieval Church History

253-535-7237 (office)



B.A. in English Literature, Concordia University, Portland, 1990

B.A. in Education, Concordia University, Portland, 1990

MTS, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, 1994

Ph.D., University of St. Michael's College, Toronto, 2004


Brenda Llewellyn Ihssen teaches courses in the history of early and medieval Christianity, topics courses in historical theology and Eastern Orthodox Christianity, and in the International Honors program. Her research is focused on the social ethics found in patristic texts and in monastic and spiritual texts of Orthodox Christianity during the age of the Byzantine Empire. She is the author of “They Who Give From Evil”: the Response of the Eastern Church to Money-lending in the Early Christian Era (Wipf and Stock, 2012) and John Moschos' Spiritual Meadow: Authority and Autonomy at the End of the Antique World (Ashgate, 2014).