Dr. Mary Lowe grew up in Haiti as the daughter of missionaries and learned firsthand about what was then Theological Education by Extension. She is now the Associate Dean of the Virtual Campus at Erskine Seminary and is working to provide theological education online to those who live locally and globally. Lowe 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 teaches a number of online courses related to distance education and is a regular contributor to Christianity Today’s distance learning issue.
Mary 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. She and her husband, Dr. Steve Lowe have produced a series of articles from this consultation and both contributed chapters to a volume which Mary co-edited entitled Best Practices for Online Education: A Guide for Christian Higher Education (2012).