Laurie Mellinger

Dr. Laurie Mellinger
Address121 South College Street
Myerstown, PA 17067

Assistant Professor, Evangelical School of Theology

B.A., Millersville University,
M.A.R., Evangelical Theological Seminary,
Ph.D., Catholic University of America,

Assistant Professor of Christian Theology and Spiritual Formation

“When people ask me about my job, my first response is often to tell them, “I’m having a blast!” I love teaching and learning with students about subjects that deeply interest me, and I am energized by meeting students where they are and encouraging them to continue to ‘press on toward the goal’ (Phil. 3:14). I’m so grateful to God for giving me this opportunity to serve and to see people grow in grace.”

Laurie spent many years teaching music to private students, and more than a decade developing and leading contemporary worship teams, before coming to Evangelical as a student in 1996. Not long after graduation, she was invited to serve as Mentored Faculty, teaching part-time while pursuing the doctoral degree. She was admitted to Ph.D. candidacy in the field of Christian spirituality at The Catholic University of America in 2007, and is hard at work on a dissertation entitled Teaching Theology as a Christian Spiritual Practice: The Example of Stanley J. Grenz. 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.

Laurie’s research interests include the practice of lectio divina; the spirituality of the desert mothers and fathers; and the development of a balanced spirituality that is ecumenical, yet distinctively Christian. She is also intrigued by the interplay between content and its application in theological education, especially when teaching prayer and spiritual disciplines. She has taught at retreats and workshops, published papers in scholarly journals, and presented her work at academic conferences. As a member of Mountville Mennonite Church, Laurie plays keyboards and sings occasionally with the worship team. She is also involved with her husband in small-group ministry there, and participates in prayer ministry as well.

Laurie is married to Dan, who manages employee benefits at The Chester County Hospital in West Chester, PA. They have two adult daughters: Elizabeth, a board-certified critical care RN in the trauma-neuroscience intensive care unit at Lancaster General Hospital; and Sarah, who just returned from a missions assignment serving the Amor Vivente church plant in Barcelona, Spain. Free time is hard to find, but when she gets the chance, Laurie enjoys crocheting, piano playing, and following the Phillies and Eagles (despite their deplorable inconsistency).

Areas of Interest

The practice of lectio divinaThe spirituality of the desert mothers and fathersThe Development of a balanced Spirituality that is ecumenical, yet distinctively Christian

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