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Pauliina Pylvänäinen

Personal information

  • Born: 1985
  • Spouse: Juho, M. Sc., MSc Techn

Research interests and projects

  • Early Christian church orders, esp. the Apostolic Constitutions
  • Deacons in the Early Church
  • The cross-cultural context of the Apostolic Constitutions

Some publications

  • More Than Serving: The Tasks of Female Deacons in The Apostolic Constitutions and The Letters to Olympias. – Phronema 33. 73–90. 
  • Deacons as Agents in Early Christian Charity. – Diaconia Christi 53. 167 –170. 

  • Agents in Liturgy, Charity and Communication. The Tasks of Female Deacons in the Apostolic Constitutions. Unpublished doctoral thesis. Diss. Joensuu. September 2017.
  • Vartioi ja tee tilaa: Antoiko Apostoliset konstituutiot naisdiakoneille liturgisen roolin? - Studia Patristica Fennica 6. 39–53. 

Education and degrees

  • Doctor of Theology, University of Eastern Finland, 2017
  • Master of Theology, University of Eastern Finland, 2011
    • Systematic theology (Western)
    • Studies in Psychology and Philosophy
    • Teacher's pedagogical studies
  • Matriculation Examination, Reisjärvi high school, 2004

Professional appointments

University of Eastern Finland

  • Junior researcher, April 2014 - March 2017

Grant Researcher

Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland

Municipality of Reisjärvi

Conference Presentations


Doctoral dissertation on the 15th of September 2017. Photos: Janne Koskela


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