I’m Dana. I write, teach, and navigate the joys (and challenges!) of what it means to be a Christian minister married to a devout Hindu.
In 2013, I published Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monka spiritual memoir written to answer these burning questions:

  • Can a Christian and a Hindu, both ordained in their respective religious traditions, have a successful interfaith marriage?
  • What are the most challenging aspects of this kind of partnership?
  • Does interfaith marriage have its advantages over traditional marriage or partnerships?

Who is J. Dana Trent?

I was raised in rural Indiana and North Carolina, and knew I wanted to be a writer the moment I could successfully hold my fat preschool pencil. I studied French and history at Salem College, and, in a circuitous path, was ordained in the Baptist tradition at age 21 and landed at Duke University Divinity School, where I graduated with a Master of Divinity in 2006.

Since Duke, I’ve served as a hospital chaplain, worked in higher education administration, nonprofit fundraising, and grant writing. In 2011, I took the plunge to become a full-time writer, speaker, and teacher. I am an adjunct faculty member at Wake Tech Community College and the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham, where I teach World Religion.

Today, I balance my writing and teaching life with traveling and speaking about Saffron Cross, interfaith advocacy, writing as a spiritual practice, and sabbath practices. I also procrastinate with episodes of The Young and the Restless.

When we forcefully pry ourselves from WMD (wireless mobile devices), Fred and I cherish camping in the woods and attempting new vegetarian recipes.

To schedule an speaking event or workshop, contact Dana.

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.

Before becoming a monk, Fred graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in Information Systems and Operations Management. He now works for N.C. State University’s Division of Academic and Student Affairs as the Assistant Director of Technology Services.

Fred loves to cook, garden, travel, and help keep Dana focused (cue The Young and the Restless).


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Photo Credit

All professional photos on this site were taken by Franklin Golden or Jim Harris. Please contact Dana for permission to reproduce.