Theology at Work in the World
Nine Wheaton College alumnae will guide us as we delve into topics such as vocational discernment, leadership, relationships, sexuality, reconciliation, history, and -- of course -- theology. Speakers range from the first woman to receive a Ph.D. at Wheaton College to various alumnae of our M.A. and undergraduate programs.
Dr. Amy Brown Hughes M.A. ’08, Ph.D. ’13, is Assistant Professor of Theology at Gordon College and co-author (with Dr. Lynn H. Cohick, Denver Theological Seminary) of Christian Women in the Patristic World: Their Influence, Authority and Legacy in the Second Through Fifth Centuries (Baker Academic, 2017). She received her Ph.D. in historical theology with an emphasis in early Christianity from Wheaton College. Amy also received a M.A. in History of Christianity from Wheaton College and her B.A. in Theology and Historical Studies from Oral Roberts University. Her research interests include Eastern Christianity, Trinitarian and Christological thought, Christian asceticism, theological anthropology, and highlighting the contributions of minority voices to theology, especially those of women.
Hannah Woods Buchanan ’09 is a pastor at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, TX. After graduating with an Economics major and Biblical Studies minor from Wheaton, Hannah overlooked how she might pursue her passion for theology and instead joined Teach For America. Upon becoming dissatisfied with what education was doing in response to the Big Problems of Life, Hannah decided to go to The University of Texas at Arlington for a Master of Social Work and took a job as an Executive Assistant at a local church in Dallas to help pay for school. Two years (and one almost irrelevant graduate degree) later, Hannah had risen through the ranks into a pastoral role at one of the largest churches in Dallas where she now preaches, leads, and establishes creative vision for the church overall.
Libby Boehne ’11 graduated from Wheaton with a major in History and a minor in Economics. Libby then moved to North Carolina to attend Duke Divinity School, where she received a Master of Divinity. While in seminary, she oversaw a dorm of Duke undergraduates and enjoyed working with college students. Libby worked in a church and non-profit organization for three years and was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in July of 2018. She has recently returned to the Duke Chapel as the Presbyterian Campus Minister.
Elizabeth Gatewood ’09 majored in Theology at Wheaton. She went on to get her Master of Divinity degree at Duke Divinity School. Since then, she has worked in Duke’s Principal Gifts Program. Living in a small town in North Carolina with her husband and two toddlers, she is a classical violinist, teaching and performing locally.
Kendall Batten-Kalantzis ’10 graduated from Wheaton with majors in Theology and International Relations. After researching difference and reconciliation in Rwanda with Wheaton’s HNGR Program, she set out to explore similar themes in a different context after graduation by living in L'Arche, an international network of faith communities in which people with and without intellectual disabilities live together in a spirit of mutuality and friendship. After traveling, getting married, and earning a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Kendall and her husband found their way back to L'Arche together. Currently, they live in the L'Arche Chicago community where she is Co-Pastoral Minister. Kendall is in the process of ordination to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church.
Lindsey Hankins M.A. ’09, M.A. ’12, is a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton Theological Seminary with masters degrees in Historical and Systematic Theology and Christian History from Wheaton College and Biblical and Theological Studies from Bethel University (MN). Her M.A. thesis, “Making Martyrs Male: A Reappraisal of Gendered Rhetoric in Ancient Martyrdom Accounts,” was written under the support of Wheaton's Center for Early Christian Studies fellowship grant. She is currently completing a dissertation on Thomas Aquinas and prayer.
Angela Bae ’11 graduated from Wheaton with a major in Psychology. While a student, Angela was a Fischer Hall Resident Assistant, on the board of Student Government, and served as College Union President. She holds her Masters in Education in Post-Secondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California, and after a time working in graduate admissions at USC, transitioned to Fuller Theological Seminary to work with faculty in developing non-traditional teaching methods. Angela now works with Fuller's Centers and Institutes as the Director of the Leadership Formation Division to expand Fuller's mission to form global leaders for kingdom vocations.
Dr. Mariko Kubinec ’10 graduated from Wheaton College with a major in Biblical and Theological Studies. While at Wheaton, Mariko served as College Union President. She presently lives with her husband and son and is completing her final year of medical residency with the University of Louisville. Her husband, also a Wheaton grad, recently graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and serves as a College Minister at Sojourn Community Church in Louisville. When she is not at the hospital or with college students, she enjoys gardening and being outdoors with her boys.
Dr. Emily Mindrebo Miner ’10 majored in Anthropology and minored in Biology at Wheaton. Her HNGR internship with a medical clinic in Uganda convinced her that medical school would be a worthwhile endeavor, and so she continued on to Indiana University School of Medicine. After two years, Emily got married and took two years off from medical school to live with her husband in Colorado while he finished another degree. During this time, she obtained a Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She and her husband then moved back to Indiana for her to finish medical school. Emily, her husband and her newborn son live in Michigan where she is an anesthesia resident at the University of Michigan.