Master of Sacred Theology (Trinity Lutheran Seminary, 2008)
Master of Theological Studies (Trinity Lutheran Seminary, 2006)
B.A. in Christian Education (Northwestern College, 1999)
Born and educated in the rural Midwest, Monica is now a happy resident of New York. When she is not writing, reading, or teaching, she loves to garden, hike, or explore the wild beauty of the East Coast with her husband, Steve, and daughter, Campbell. Borne of her love for the natural world, her research focuses on ecological theology. Monica’s dissertation, titled “Calvin, the Spirit, and the Earth,” argues that John Calvin’s distinctive pneumatological doctrine of creation provides an important tradition-grounded resource for the reconceiving of fundamental relationships in an ecological age. Her work is located at the intersection of Reformation studies, feminist theology, and ecological theology. Bringing these resources into conversation with farmers from her home state of Iowa, she proposes an ecospirituality that informs theological symbols and Christian praxis.