The reading of Scripture is an ancient practice.
The Christian Church inherited the practice from the Synagogue. We see Jesus in Luke 4:17, 20 reading and preaching from Isaiah in a synagogue, “And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written…And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, 'Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing'."
In 1 Timothy 4:13, Paul encourages Timothy: “Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.” The public reading of Scripture and preaching from it is a responsibility given to the Office of the Holy Ministry.
Throughout history, pastors would read. If there were lectors, it would be men studying to be pastors. There was always a close association between reading, preaching, and the Office of the Holy Ministry. The public reading of Scripture is the responsibility of the Office of the Holy Ministry. For this reason, there should be no female lectors. Male Elders, as assistants to the Pastor, may read the Old Testament and Epistle readings.