Meet Dana

The Rev. J. Dana Trent is an award-winning author, speaker, minister, and teacher. She is a graduate of Duke Divinity School and adjunct faculty member at Wake Technical Community College, where she teaches World Religions and Critical Thinking.

Her work has appeared on Time.com, The Christian Century, The Huffington Post, Patheos, and Sojourners. Her second book, For Sabbath’s Sake: Embracing Your Need for Rest, Worship, and Community, will be released October 1, 2017, by Upper Room Books.  Her debut book, Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk (Fresh Air Books, 2013) chronicles her interfaith marriage to Fred. She loves naps with cats, vegetarian food, and teaches weight-lifting for the YMCA.

Meet Fred

Fred Eaker is a devout Hindu who formerly lived as a monk in rural North Carolina and Northern California. He is a practitioner of Gaudiya Vaisnavism under the guidance of Swami B.V. Tripurari.

Fred holds an undergraduate degree in Information Systems and Operations Management from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is Assistant Director of Technology Services for NC State’s Division of Academic and Student Affairs. He is pursuing a Master’s of Liberal Studies degree at NC State, with a concentration in Gandhian Ethics and Social Justice.

Fred loves to cook, garden, travel, and help keep Dana from procrastinating.

Photo credit: Jim Harris
Photo credit: Jim Harris
Fred and Dana relaxing at Lake Johnson in Raleigh, NC