Mindy Makant is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Youth and Family Ministry program at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina. She is also the Director of the university’s Living Well Center for Vocation and Purpose, and author of two books.

Mindy graduated from Mercer University with a B.A. in Spanish in 1990, from the University of West Georgia with an M.Ed. in Secondary Education in 1997, from Ohio Dominican University with a M.A. in Theology in 2007, and from Duke University Divinity School with a Th.D. in Theological Ethics in 2012. Mindy is an ordained deacon in the ELCA. She lives in the foothills of North Carolina with her husband, Pastor Russell Makant, and has two grown-ish children.

Makant’s most recent book,¬†Holy Mischief: In Honor and Celebration of Women in Ministry was released by Wipf & Stock publishers in September of 2019. For Holy Mischief¬† Makant interviewed 85 female ELCA pastors across the Southeast.¬† This book is their story.

Her first book, The Practice of Story: Suffering and the Possibilities of Redemption came out in 2015, published by Baylor University Press.

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