Christian Scharen is a practical theologian and pastor at St. Lydia’s Dinner Church in Brooklyn, New York. Scharen holds the Ph.D. In religion from Emory University. An early proponent of theological ethnography, Scharen has written or edited more than a dozen books and many articles, book chapters, and research reports on religious organizations, religion and culture, and theological education. He is currently completing a volume on prophetic critique and hip-hop, and a decolonial theological memoir about his family, the Ingalls family of The Little House on the Prairie series.
He enjoys cooking, poetry, and mandolin playing, and has two adult children, Isaiah and Finn, and a bulldog named Walt.