Elaine A. Heath is professor of missional and pastoral theology and the former dean of Duke Divinity School. Previously she was McCreless Professor of Evangelism at the Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. An ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, she has served as a pastor in local churches as well as in academia. Elaine is the author of several books and contributor to numerous books by multiple authors. She is cofounder of the Missional Wisdom Foundation, a nonprofit that administers a national network of regional hubs of missional learning communities. These communities include new monastic houses, social enterprise, missionally repurposed church spaces, and training programs in missional theology, spiritual formation, and leadership development for a missional church. Elaine lives and serves as abbess at Spring Forest, a United Methodist monastic community and farm in rural North Carolina.