Amanda Drury, professor of practical theology, founded the Brain Kitchen to provide opportunity for underprivileged kids to create good mindsets through exercising, doing homework, and cooking. These activities garner life skills and a change in thinking, "gifts that can't be received," that sustain the stories of fiercely loving families.
Amanda Drury has been in youth ministry for about fifteen years. She serves as Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Indiana Wesleyan University where she lives with her husband and three children. She is the author of Saying is Believing: The Necessity of Testimony in Adolescent Spiritual Formation, and is currently serving as director of Examen, a summer theological institute for high school students, and The Brain Kitchen, a non-profit organization in Marion, Indiana serving children with after-school mentoring and cooking classes in a trauma-informed environment. She holds a PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary.