About

Lynn & Ryan_Color-28Lynn Casteel Harper is a writer, minister, and chaplain.  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 was named runner up for the Torch Prize in 2016.

Lynn is currently at work on a book of essays, When I Have Dementia, which explores the dimensions of spirituality, social justice, and dementia.  In November 2015, she was awarded a grant through the Barbara Deming Fund to complete the project.  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.