Erin Elizabeth Beasley, is from Gulfport, MS and currently resides in Memphis, TN. Erin is an ordained Elder of the United Methodist Church (2017). She is a member of the Memphis Conference. She attended Millsaps College in Jackson, MS. In 2010, Erin graduated with Bachelor of Accountancy degree and a Minor in Music. In 2011, she decided to answer God’s call to the ministry and began her studies at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. While at Candler she fulfilled her contextual education requirements at the United Methodist Children’s Home, Zoar UMC, and St. Timothy UMC. In May of 2020, Erin obtained her Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary. Her dissertation explores racial segregation in the mainline church. Erin is the founder and producer of Waking Up Church podcast. Waking Up Church explores dynamics within churches and communities that have gone unnoticed, dynamics that must be seen and addressed for the sake of the church’s future. Waking UpChurch is devoted to church leaders and parishioners who are ready to have honest conversations about issues that have become invisible detriments to the church’s mission and vitality.