McKibben Dana (2)MaryAnn McKibben Dana“The Improvising God: God’s Work in an Imperfect World”

MaryAnn McKibben Dana is a writer, speaker and pastor living in Virginia. She is author of Sabbath in the Suburbs, a Chalice Press bestseller for two years running and a “must read” by Ministry Matters. Her writing has appeared in, The Washington Post, Religion Dispatches, Journal for Preachers, and the Christian Century, and in a monthly column for Presbyterians Today. She was recently featured on PBS’s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly for her work on Sabbath.

She is a sought-after speaker, preacher, conference leader and writer around issues of faith formation, technology, leadership, and congregational transformation. For two years she served as co-chair of NEXT Church, a movement within the Presbyterian Church (USA) that seeks to call forth vital ministry for our changing cultural context. MaryAnn is a graduate of Rice University in Houston, Texas and received her M.Div. in 2003 from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She is a mother of three, a haphazard knitter, and a slow marathoner. Connect with her at her website, The Blue Room (