About

Lynn & Ryan_Color-28Lynn Casteel Harper is a writer, minister, and chaplain.  Her nonfiction book, On Vanishing, is forthcoming with Catapult Books. On Vanishing explores the dimensions of spirituality, social justice, and dementia. Lynn received a Barbara Deming Fund grant for women writers for the project.

Her work has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Catapult, The Huffington Post, North American Review, Tiferet, New Delta Review, CALYX, the Journal of Religion and Abuse, and elsewhere.  She received the New Delta Review Nonfiction Prize in 2013 and the Orison Anthology’s 2017 Nonfiction Award.  She was named runner up for the Torch Prize in 2016.  Lynn facilitates workshops and speaks with groups about spiritual care and dementia.

An ordained minister with the Alliance of Baptists, Lynn completed her M.Div. at the Divinity School at Wake Forest University and her CPE residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.  Lynn served as the nursing home chaplain at a continuing care retirement community on the New Jersey shore for seven years.  Originally from southeast Missouri, Lynn lives in New York City with her spouse Ryan Harper, scholar of American Religion.  In September 2016, she joined the staff of The Riverside Church as the Associate for Parish Care ministering with older adults.

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