Mimi Larson, Ph.D.

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Visiting Assistant Professor of Christian Formation & Ministry
On Faculty since 2016

Phone: (630)752-5976
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Education

Ph.D., Early Childhood Education from Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, IL

M.A., Theological Studies from Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO

M.A., Educational Ministries from Wheaton Graduate School, Wheaton, IL

B.A., Psychology from Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

About Mimi Larson

After college graduation, I expected a career working with people, but never suspected it would be in full-time ministry. Growing up outside Chicago, I returned home after college and started volunteering in my local church and this simple experience changed my life. It was in this experience, I felt God’s call into full-time ministry and for twenty-five years, I served in the church leading children and family ministries. To equip myself better for ministry, I pursued further degrees in Educational Ministries (Wheaton Graduate School) and Theological Studies (Covenant Theological Seminary).

It was during a ministry sabbatical, that I started wondering if we, as a church, often neglect the spiritual formation of young children. This questioning led me to pursue a doctorate exploring faith formation within early childhood. As a result of my scholarly pursuits as well as my understanding of practical ministry, I am passionate about encouraging, equipping, and challenging the next generation of ministry leaders to faithfully pursue God’s call in their lives.

My husband Keith and I enjoy cooking, gardening, and spending time with friends and family in our old fixer-upper home. In our free time, we like to escape to our home studio where I enjoy quilting, knitting, fabric dying and other fiber arts.

Courses Taught

  • Teaching for Transformation
  • Transformational Education
  • Advanced Curriculum Design for Ministry
  • Ministry with Families

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Society of Professors in Christian Education
  • National Association for Education of Young Children
  • Society of Children’s Spirituality: Christian Perspectives

Research

My current research is in areas related to children’s faith formation and spirituality.

Publications

(in press) Larson, Mimi L. “Making Meaning of God: The Faith Experiences of Preschool Children.” Submitted to Society of Children’s Spirituality: Christian Perspectives for upcoming publication.

(in press) Morgenthaler, Shirley K., Keiser, Jeffrey B., & Larson, Mimi L. “Nurturing the Infant Soul: Spiritual Formation and Very Young Children.” Submitted to the Society of Children’s Spirituality: Christian Perspectives for upcoming publication.

Morgenthaler, Shirley K., Keiser, Jeffrey B., & Larson, Mimi L. “Nurturing the Infant Soul: The Importance of Community and Memories in the Spiritual Formation of Young Children.” Christian Education Journal 11, no. 2 (2014): 244-258.

Morgenthaler, Shirley K., Keiser, Jeffrey B., & Larson, Mimi L. “Engaging, Expressive and Experience-Based Prayer Models with Children.” In Exploring and Engaging Spirituality for Today’s Children: A Holistic Approach, edited by L. Tolbert, 3-13. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2014.

Presentations

Larson, Mimi L., Morgenthaler, Shirley K., & Keiser, Jeffrey B. “Play and Spirituality: What’s the Connection? Finding Ways to Think about Play’s Relationship to Spirituality and the Essential Spiritual Nature of the Young Child.” Presentation at the 2016 National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, Los Angeles, CA, November 3, 2016.

“Making Meaning of God: The Faith Experiences of Preschool Children.” Presentation at the Children’s Spirituality Conference: Christian Perspectives, Nashville, TN, June 13, 2016.

Morgenthaler, Shirley K., Keiser, Jeffrey B., & Larson, Mimi L. “Nurturing the Infant Soul: Spiritual Formation and Very Young Children.” Presentation at the Children’s Spirituality Conference: Christian Perspectives, Nashville, TN, June 13, 2016.

“Making Meaning of God: The Faith Experiences of Preschool Children.” Presentation at the Mid-western Educational Research Association, Evanston, IL, November 13, 2014. (Selected as one of the distinguished papers from the 2014 MWERA Conference.)

Morgenthaler, Shirley K., Keiser, Jeffrey B., & Larson, Mimi L. “Nurturing the Soul of the Child: The Importance of Community, Memories, and Emergent Teaching/Learning in the Cognitive and Spiritual Formation of Young Children.” Presentation at the 2014 National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, Dallas TX, November 7, 2014.

Ministry Publications

Larson, Mimi L. Imagine: Dwell Curriculum (Year 1 and 2). Grand Rapids, MI: Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2011-2012.

Larson, Mimi L. Follow the Leader if You Dare: Early Elementary Children’s Activity Book. Wheaton, IL: Mainstay Church Resources, 2003.

Larson, Mimi L. & Murray, Mary. 3-2-1 Penguins—Bible Academy: Tots Flight Manual. Lisle, IL: Big Idea Productions, 2002.

Larson, Mimi L. & Murray, Mary. Veggie Tots: Jonah—An Overboard Adventure. Lisle, IL: Big Idea Productions, 2001.

Larson, Mimi L. Veggie Tots: Veggie Town Values for the Family! Lisle, IL: Big Idea Productions, 2000.

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