Retired AMBS faculty

Jacob W. Elias

Professor Emeritus of New Testament

Jacob Elias served as pastor in Vancouver, British Columbia (1968-74), before coming to AMBS in 1977. He was director of field education at AMBS (1978-81), then dean (1981-90). ...

Gayle Gerber Koontz

Professor of Theology and Ethics

"Christian theology shapes and emerges from community life. As theologians we try to listen intelligently to Scripture, learn from Christians before us, and understand the ...

Theodore J. Koontz

Professor of Ethics and Peace Studies

"My experiences during the Civil Rights movement and the war in Vietnam left me with a commitment to find ways to connect Christian convictions to matters of public policy....

Nelson Kraybill

Nelson Kraybill began as president of AMBS in 1997, following significant experience as a pastor, scholar and mission worker. He served as director of the London (England) Menno...

Alan Kreider

Retired Professor of Church History and Mission

Alan Kreider combines a lifetime of academic study in the early church with decades of experience as a mission worker and teacher in many settings around the world. For 26 years...

Marlene Kropf

Retired Associate Professor in Spiritual Formation and Worship

Marlene Kropf was associate professor in spiritual formation and worship for 25 years, retiring in 2011. She shaped the spiritual formation curriculum of AMBS and taught spiritu...

John D. Rempel

Retired Professor of Theology and Anabaptist Studies

Walter W. Sawatsky

Retired Professor of Church History and Mission

Sawatsky was professor of church history and mission and director of the Mission Studies Center. He joined the faculty in 1990 and retired in 2012, although he continues to teac...

Willard Swartley

Professor Emeritus of New Testament

Willard Swartley served at AMBS from 1978 to 2004. In addition to teaching, he served as dean from 1979 to 1981 and 1995 to 2000, as director of summer school, and as director o...

June Alliman Yoder

Professor Emerita of Preaching and Communication

June Alliman Yoder, who retired in 2009, taught preaching at AMBS for 27 years. She also taught the Preaching Institute and preached and led seminars across Canada and the U.S. ...

Perry B. Yoder

Professor Emeritus of Old Testament

Perry Yoder's key interests were the Old Testament, particularly the Psalms; ecological responsibility; and peace and justice. He worked as People's Teacher of the Word, traveli...