The Rev. Nancy Hastings Sehested is a state prison chaplain in a maximum security prison for men in North Carolina. She is also a Co-pastor of the Circle of Mercy Congregation, an ecumenical church in Asheville, North Carolina, which is affiliated with both the United Church of Christ and the Alliance of Baptists.Holder of a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, Rev. Sehested received the seminary's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1992. An ordained Baptist minister, she has pastored churches in Atlanta, Memphis, and Asheville during the past 25 years. She is a frequent guest preacher and lecturer at churches, colleges, and conferences around the country and abroad. She has written extensively for religious journals and periodicals, and is featured in an anthology of sermons by women titled And Blessed is She. Married to Ken Sehested, she is proud to be a grandmother.