Kelly Figueroa-Ray earned her Ph.D. in the Scripture, Interpretation and Practice program in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. Her academic focus is the relationship between scripture and theology as it is lived out in contemporary communities with a particular interest in multicultural Christian ministries. Kelly earned her B.A. at the University of California at Berkeley in international & area studies and completed her M.Div. at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. magna cum laude. Her essay “‘Lady, Give Me A Drink': Reading Scripture, Shaping Community Development” is part of the book Mobilizing for the Common Good: The Lived Theology of John Perkins by University Press of Mississippi, 2013. Her work, "Learning How to Read: How Rabbinics Aids in the Study of Contemporary Christian Practices," is found in Religious Studies and Rabbinics, (Eds. Dr. Elizabeth Shanks Alexander and Dr. Beth Berkowitz, Routledge, 2018).