The Rev Dr Mandy Brobst-Renaud
Rev. Brobst-Renaud was born in Pella, Iowa, and was raised in the American Baptist Church, where she was active in Sunday school and music ministry, including teaching Sunday School, choir and hand bells. From an early age, her interests were very diverse: in the course of her childhood, she wanted to be everything from a hair stylist to a veterinarian. She attended Augsburg College, where she studied music therapy. During her sophomore year, her biblical studies professor asked if she had ever thought about being a pastor (which she had not). Over the course of the next seven years, however, this persistent voice shaped her discernment of a call to ministry. In the interim, Mandy and her spouse, Ben, spent a year volunteering at Holden Village, where she served as lead cook and began intentional discernment toward ministry. After Holden, Mandy and Ben finally became Lutheran, and moved to Stockholm, WI, and moved from there to Madison, WI, for Ben to complete his MFA. After Madison, they moved to St. Paul, MN, for Mandy to attend seminary. Her second year of seminary, she realized she had fallen in love with teaching. This led her to apply for her PhD in New Testament at Baylor University. After arriving in Waco, Mandy began supply preaching and was later called to St. Peter Lutheran Church in Malone, where she works part-time, which enabled her to both serve as pastor and complete her studies. Recently, she completed and defended her dissertation “The Elder Brother’s Remedy and the Rich Man’s Fate: Ancient Rhetoric, Characterization, and Moral Formation in Luke’s Parables” under Dr. Mikeal Parsons. This fall, Mandy looks forward to joining the theology faculty at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN. Rev. Brobst-Renaud is passionate about preaching, teaching, and helping people to fall in love with the biblical narrative over and over again.