McGarrah Sharp, Mindy

Dr. Melinda  McGarrah Sharp

Dr. Melinda McGarrah Sharp

Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Pastoral Care; Director of MAPT Program

Phone: 404-687-4542


Office: CH312 / Box 34F

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Dr. McGarrah Sharp’s research interest includes postcolonial pastoral theology, globalization, postcolonialism, intercultural pastoral theology.


  • PhD, Vanderbilt University
  • MA,  Vanderbilt University
  • MAR, Yale University Divinity School
  • BA, University of Virginia

Denomination:  United Methodist


Misunderstanding Stories: Toward a Postcolonial Pastoral Theology, Pickwick, 2013, book
“Moral Imagination and More,” in Teaching Health Humanities, edited by Olivia Banner, Nathan Carlin, and Thomas Cole, Oxford University Press, Forthcoming, chapter
“The Living Me: Unmasking Poisonous Pedagogies by Playing and Postcolonializing in Pastoral Theology,” Pastoral Psychology (2016) 65: 681-701, 2016, chapter
“Literacies of Listening: Postcolonial Pastoral Leadership in Practice(s),” in Postcolonial Practice of Ministry: Leadership, Liturgy, and Interfaith Engagement, eds. Kwok Pui-lan and Stephen Burns, Lanham, Maryland: Lexington, 2016, article
“Writing Purposefully,” in Writing Theologically, ed. Eric Barreto, Fortress Press, 2015, article
“Virtual Empathy? Teaching and Learning Pastoral Care Online,” with Mary Ann Morris, Teaching Theology and Religion, 2014, article
Pastoral Perspective on Matthew 13:33-35, Matthew 13:36-43, and Matthew 13:44-46, Feasting on the Gospels, Westminster John Knox, 2013, chapter
“Globalization, Colonialism, and Postcolonialism,” in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology, ed. Bonnie Miller-McLemore, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012, chapter
“Are There Limitations to Multicultural Inclusion? Difficult Questions for Feminist Pastoral Theology,” with Bonnie Miller-McLemore in Women Out of Order: Risking Change and Creating Care in a Multicultural World, ed. Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner and Teresa Snorton, Augsburg Fortress Press, 2010, article
Study Guide for In the Midst of Chaos: Caring for Children as Spiritual Practice, 2006, article
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