Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft is the Minister for Congregational Life at Middle Collegiate Church. Prior to Middle, she served as Director of Outreach at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian in Midtown Manhattan, and as Outreach Coordinator for Metro Baptist Church/the Rauschenbusch Center in Hells Kitchen, NY. She is the founder of Raising Imagination, a platform that examines social issues through the lens of imagination and encourages activism with young and old alike.
Her activism has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, Yahoo, the Wall Street Journal, and Refinery29. She's a regular writer and inaugural board member of The Resistance Prays, and serves on the Junior Board of The Lower East Side Girls Club.
Amanda graduated from the Baptist Theology Seminary of Richmond, Virginia with a M.Div. and from Samford University with a B.A. in Communications Studies and a Minor in Christianity, Women, and Leadership. Amanda's pronouns are she/her/hers.
Amanda was ordained by Metro Baptist Church in 2016, is married to Graham and has three children Zane, Levi, and Skyler.