Dr. Mary Lowe

Mary LoweAssociate Dean, Undergraduate Programs and Professor

Email Dr. Lowe: melowe@liberty.edu    
(434) 582-2586


  • Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University
  • M.Ed., University of Arkansas
  • B.S., John Brown University 

Recent Courses

  • RLGN 489: Ministry Praxis Capstone
  • DSMN 520: Spiritual Formation
  • RLGN 330: Principles and Practice of Teaching the Bible


Dr. Mary Lowe grew up in Haiti as the daughter of missionaries and learned firsthand about what was then Theological Education by Extension. She previously served as the Associate Dean of the Virtual Campus at Erskine Seminary and has been working in the field of online Christian education for most of her career. Mary is the Executive Director of ACCESS, the Association for Christian Distance Education. One of the areas of particular interest is the issue of spiritual formation in an online environment and she continues to write and research in this field. Mary is a co-editor of the 2012 book, Best Practices for Online Education: A Guide for Christian Higher Education. Both Mary and her husband Steve co-directed the National Consultation on Spiritual Formation in Theological Distance Education funded by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. 

Recent Publications


Encyclopedia of Christian Education (Multiple Entires)

Information Age, 2015

Best Practices of Online Education:
A Guide for Christian Higher Education 

Kregel, 2015


Articles and Papers

  • Reciprocal Ecology: A Comprehensive Model of Spiritual Formation in Theological Education. Theological Education. (January, 2014). Co-authors: Mary E. Lowe & Stephen D. Lowe
  • E-moderating: The key to teaching and learning online. Teachers College Review (Spring, 2013).
  • Spiritual Formation in Online Education. Encyclopedia of Christian Education (Spring 2015).
  • Transforming the Classroom: Virtual communities and emerging technologies are changing distance learning. Christianity Today International (Spring, 2012).
  • Pursuing a seminary degree through distance learning—a flexible alternative that works. Christianity Today International (Spring, 2011).
  • A Summary of the findings of the Study: Assessing the impact of online courses on the spiritual formation of adult students. Christian Perspectives in Education Journal, Volume 4, January 2011.
  • Spiritual formation in theological distance education: An ecosystem model.     Christian Education Journal (Spring, 2010).
  • Online Seminary Education and Spiritual Formation: Paradigms and Problems. Christianity Today International (Spring, 2010).
  • Allelon reciprocal commands and Christian development. Christian Education Journal (Fall, 2010).
  • An Orientation to Learning How to Learn and An Orientation to Learning Assessments, (unpublished manuscript)

Professional Papers and Presentations

  • Webinar: Online Learning for Any Size Seminary: Course Design Options and Tips for Supporting Faculty Success. Association of Theological Schools, April 21, 2016.
  • National Association of Professors in Christian Education, Digital relationships: Remixing the ecology. Plenary session, October 18, 2013, Chicago, IL
  • Webinar: Distance Learning: Successes and Opportunities, NCEA Seminary Department and United Theological School.
  • Webinar: Developing Community and Spiritual Formation in Distance Learning, Association of Theological Schools, September 24, 2013
  • Integrative Seminar, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Charlotte, NC – August 2012.
  • Academy of Economics and Finance – Teacher Training Program. Charleston, SC – February, 2012.
  • Oxford Round Table: Women in the Academy: Prospects and Promises. Oxford, England. (2009)
  • National Consultation on Spiritual Formation in Theological Distance Education. Charlotte, North Carolina. (2007)