Mimi L. Larson

Executive Director of the Center for Faith and Children, Assistant Professor of Educational Ministries

Dr. Mimi Larson is the Executive Director for the Center at Faith and Children and Assistant Professor of Educational Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Prior to joining the TEDS faculty, she served for over 25 years in practical church ministry and was Visiting Assistant Professor of Christian Formation & Ministry at Wheaton College.

Her research is in the area of children’s faith formation with a particular interest in how faith is formed in early childhood. She serves on the board for the Society of Children’s Spirituality: Christian Perspectives and her latest book is Bridging Theory and Practice in Children’s Spirituality: New Directions for Education, Ministry and Discipleship (edited with Robert Keeley, Zondervan, 2020).

Dr. Larson regularly consults with churches regarding their ministry with children and families and has developed curriculum for children’s ministry in the local church. As a recipient of Calvin’s Institute of Christian Worship’s teacher-scholar grant as well as a worshipping communities grant, her current research focus is how ministry leaders thoughtfully engage children in worship.

Mimi and her husband Keith live in the Chicagoland area.



Bridging Theory and Practice in Children’s Spirituality, co-edited (Zondervan, 2020)

“The Child in Our Midst: The Shifting Trends in Ministry with Children and Families Over the Past Forty Years.” Christian Education Journal, vol. 17(3), 2020.

“Making Meaning of God.” Lutheran Education Journal, 2018.

“Nurturing the Infant Soul: The Importance of Community and Memories in the Spiritual Formation of Young Children.” Christian Education Journal, vol. 11(2), 2014.