Laurie Mellinger, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation and Christian Theology
Dean of Academic Programs
B.A. Millersville University; M.A.R. Evangelical School of Theology; Ph.D. The Catholic University of America
“It’s an exciting time to be serving at a great school like Evangelical! I love spending time in the classroom, helping students to learn more about God with both their heads and their hearts. Evangelical wants to be a place where students can not only learn ministry, therapy, leadership, or spiritual direction skills, but where they can also learn to love one another deeply (1 Pet 1:22, 4:8).”
Laurie’s been a professor at Evangelical for twelve years, teaching courses in spiritual formation and Christian theology, and has served as the Dean of Academic Programs since July, 2011. Her research interests include the spirituality of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, methods for building bridges among spiritual traditions, and the distinctives of Evangelical spirituality and their contributions to Christian ecumenical dialogue. She is also intrigued by the interplay between content and its application in theological education, especially when teaching prayer and spiritual disciplines.
In her administrative role, she works to expand and strengthen academic programs. She has taught at retreats and workshops, published papers in scholarly journals, and presented her work at academic conferences.
Laurie spent many years teaching music to private students, and more than a decade developing and leading contemporary worship teams, before she came to Evangelical as a student. She earned a Ph.D. in Christian spirituality from The Catholic University of America in 2010. Moreover, she is an active member of the American Academy of Religion, the Evangelical Theological Society, the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, and Spiritual Directors International, and is licensed for ministry by the Mennonite Church USA.
Laurie is married to Dan, and they have two adult daughters. Free time is hard to find, but when she gets the chance, Laurie enjoys crocheting, music, and cooking.