Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mindy Makant
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. Makant is the author of HOLY mischief (2019) and The Practice of Story (2015)
Keynote Speaker: Rev. Elizabeth Platz
On November 22nd, 1970, Elizabeth Platz made history by becoming the first ordained Lutheran woman in America. A first-generation college student and graduate of Gettysburg Seminary, she had been working as a lay minister at the University of Maryland-College Park for the five years prior to her ordination. Platz remained dedicated to her ministry at College Park and worked as a chaplain for her entire career, retiring after 47 years of service at the university.
The Rev. Amy Reumann, Director of Advocacy Ministries
Rev. Amy Reumann is Director of Advocacy for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, where she leads domestic, international, environmental, and corporate social responsibility portfolios in Washington D.C, New York, and 14 state capitols. Reumann formerly served as director of the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania, director for Urban Coalition ministry in the Greater Milwaukee Synod, and as parish pastor. She serves on the Center for Responsible Lending’s Faith & Credit steering committee, and that of the Circle of Protection. Reumann holds degrees from Muhlenberg College in religion and international affairs, a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and a Master of Sacred Theology from General Theological Seminary.