Mallory Wyckoff

Mallory Wyckoff, DMin 

Biography
Mallory Wyckoff (DMin, MTS) lives in Nashville, TN with her husband, Tim. A Clearwater, Florida native, she moved to Tennesee for college and studied journalism at Lee University. She came to Nashville for her graduate and post-graduate work, and has remained in Music City despite her general dislike of country music and Southern food.

Mallory has spent the majority of her career working with a ministry for young women who have survived various forms of abuse and trauma. This work inspired her doctoral research project entitled “The Impact of Sexual Trauma on Survivors’ Theological Perception and Spiritual Formation.” Mallory is a writer, teacher, preacher, and spiritual director. No matter the form her work takes, Mallory is most passionate about creating safe spaces where individuals can explore more richly and fully the mystery of God and who they are as image-bearers.

Her fundamental convictions are that human dignity is the answer to every question, and that never again will there be another band as brilliant as NSYNC.

Thesis Abstract
In the years I have spent working with victims of sexual abuse, I have observed how their traumatic histories inform the ways in which they view God, hear theological language and content, and experience particular behavior from ministry leaders. While a significant percentage of churchgoers are victims of sexual abuse, many clergy remain unaware of this fact and unintentionally contribute to the further victimization of survivors through particular language, content, and/or behavior. It is my desire to help bridge this gap, to connect the stories of survivors with the clergy who are intimately involved in their spiritual formation. Through a series of interviews, these survivors will share how—positively or negatively—they interact with various religious stimuli, including but not limited to sermons, hymns and worship music, theological concepts, and pastoral behavior. They will also share about the intersection of their trauma history and their spiritual journey, highlighting the ways in which the former has impacted the latter. The ideal outcome would be for the data to increase clergy’s awareness of these dynamics in a manner that substantively informs their ministry efforts.  

Research Interests
The intersection of psychology and theology
Political theology and ethics
Feminist theology/critique and gender studies
Spiritual formation and contemplative practice

Advisor
Richard Beck, PhD

For access to the completed project, click here.