Amanda Drury suffers from holy boredom—a condition that tends to spark ideas and gets her 90% of the way through household projects. It has also created a passion to reimagine what the Kingdom of God might look like here on earth.
Amanda is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and teaches practical theology courses at Indiana Wesleyan University where she is also the director of The Imaginarium, a Lilly Endowment initiative on congregational innovation with youth. She has extensive experience in grant writing, speaking, consulting, game making, and youth ministry. Amanda has authored several books including Saying is Believing: The Necessity of Testimony in Adolescent Spiritual Formation and Testimony and Trauma. Amanda is the owner and founder of Discipleship by Design. She is also the founding director of The Brain Kitchen, a nonprofit program that teaches children how to cook in a trauma-informed space.
Amanda graduated with a degree in biblical literature from Indiana Wesleyan University and then moved to New Jersey where she received her Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary.
She lives in Marion, Indiana, with her husband, John, their three kids, Sam, Clara, and Paul, and their dog, Izzy.