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Mindy Makant

Mindy Makant

Associate Professor, Religious Studies, Director, Living Well Center
Hickory Campus

Dr. Mindy Makant serves as an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Youth and Family Ministry for Lenoir-Rhyne’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences. She is also co-chair of the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan committee.

Dr. Makant is actively involved with the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) and is currently serving on the planning committee for commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. She also serves the ELCA on a national level, sitting on the steering committee for the Association of Teaching Theologians and regularly contributing to the Practice Discipleship curriculum.

Dr. Makant holds four degrees including a Doctor of Theology in Theological Ethics from Duke Divinity School in Durham, a Master of Education in Theology from Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, a Master of Education from the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, and a Bachelor of Arts from Mercer University in Macon, GA. Makant resides in Hildebran with her husband, an ELCA pastor. They have two children, a daughter and a son, who are students at LRU.

In 2015, Dr. Makant authored her first book, “The Practice of Story: Suffering and the Possibilities of Redemption,” published by Baylor University Press. The book examines how suffering, even extreme and profound suffering which misshapes identity, cannot nullify God’s promise of redemption. She stresses the importance of seeing redemption as a present day reality in Christian living. In addition to her book, Makant has published several articles on topics such as consumerism as a vain pursuit of happiness, theology of childhood, and the practice of anointing in response to trauma. She has written an article on gender, violence, and eschatology (the theological study of the end times and return of Christ) which was published in the Theology Today in January 2016.

She is currently at work on a second book which focuses on the relationship between imagination and spiritual formation.