Mimi L. Larson

Faculty Since 2021

Assistant Professor

Educational Ministries

Director of the Center for Faith and Children


BA, Wheaton College
MA, Wheaton College Graduate School
MTS, MA, PhD, Harvard University


Prior to joining the TEDS faculty, Mimi Larson served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Christian Formation & Ministry at Wheaton College (Wheaton IL) and taught at Judson University (Elgin, IL) and Calvin Theological Seminary (Grand Rapids MI).
Having worked in practical church ministry for over 25 years, Mimi also serves as the Children’s Ministry Catalyzer for Faith Formation Ministries, a ministry for the Christian Reformed Church in North America, and is on the board for the Society of Children’s Spirituality: Christian Perspectives.
Mimi’s research specialty is in the area of children’s faith formation. As a recipient of Calvin’s Institute of Christian Worship’s 2020 teacher-scholar grants, Mimi’s current research project is focusing on ministry leaders who thoughtfully engage children in worship so that we can better understand how children make meaning of their worship experiences.
Mimi and her husband Keith live in the Chicagoland area.

Selected Publications

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.