Scottie May to speak April 9th Miriam Hall Lecture on Children’s Ministry

Mary Scottie May, Ph.D.



Looking forward to this spring when NTS will host the Miriam Hall lecture April 9th with nationally known Children’s ministry educator Scottie May. Morning presentation begins at 10:30 am followed by a brown bag luncheon and afternoon seminar with Dr. May. Local and national children’s ministry leaders will be present. Reserve your calendar for this important event.


1993 Doctor of Philosophy degree in Christian Education; emphasis in children’s ministry, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL

1987 M.A., Educational Ministries; emphasis in family studies, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

1985 Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Christian Studies, Trinity College, Deerfield, IL

1962 Diploma in Nursing, followed by subsequent course work at the Universities of Minnesota and Iowa, Immanuel Hospital School of Nursing, Omaha, Nebraska

About Mary (Scottie) May

Nothing excites me more than to come alongside the church thinking about ways to help people meet God and grow in their relationship with Him. In past generations we evangelicals have been very good at teaching people about God, but we have not been as effective in helping them “know” Him and enter into His presence. After about 20 years of lay church ministry, I went back to school to explore what it means to BE Christian. Thus, I am a late-comer to teaching in an academic setting.

In my own church I’m active in ministry with children. It’s very rewarding for me to be in this department where I did my Master’s work–the place where I was thoroughly “disequilibrated” by Dr. Jim Plueddemann and his colleagues. I also have been influenced by the pedagogy of Dr. Ted Ward and Dr. Linda Cannell. It’s hard for me to identify books that have informed my thinking and ministry because there are so many. But my spiritual formation has been significantly shaped by the contemporary writings of Henri Nouwen, Brennan Manning, and Dallas Willard.

My life is not totally consumed by the academy and ministry. My three children have blessed me with eight grandchildren. They all bring me unspeakable joy, and I steal away as much time as possible to be with them. It is an enriching privilege to be part of the Christian Formation and Ministry Department. My colleagues are a delight to work with. We have a great time together.

About Dean G. Blevins

Dr. Dean G. Blevins currently serves as Professor of Practical Theology and Christian Discipleship at Nazarene Theological Seminary. An ordained elder, Dean has ministered in diverse settings and currently also serves at the USA Regional Education Coordinator for the Church of the Nazarene. A prolific author, Dr. Blevins recently co-wrote the textbook Discovering Discipleship and edits Didache: Faithful Teaching, a journal for Wesleyan Education.
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