Dr. Mindy Makant, Assistant Professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University was consecrated to the ministry of Word and Service at a special worship service held in Grace Chapel on January 25. She will now serve as a deacon to the church and North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Church of America (ELCA). Presiding over the service was The Reverend Dr. Timothy Smith, Bishop of the NC Synod who was joined by rostered ministers from throughout the region.
Dr. Makant serves as an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Youth and Family Ministry in Lenoir-Rhyne's College of Theology. She is also co-chair of the University's Quality Enhancement Plan committee. She remains actively involved with the NC Synod of the 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 Theology and 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.
In 2015, Dr. Makant authored her first book, The Practice of Story: Suffering and the Possibilities of Redemption. She has also 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. In January 2016, she wrote 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. Dr. Makant is currently at work on a second book which focuses on the relationship between imagination and spiritual formation.
Dr. Makant resides in Hildebran with her husband, an ELCA pastor. They have two children, a daughter and a son, who are students at LRU.