Lois Y. Barrett

  • Professor of Theology and Anabaptist Studies
  • Associate Director, Institute of Mennonite Studies


  • B.A., University of Oklahoma, 1969
  • M.Div., Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 1983
  • Ph.D., Graduate School, The Union Institute, 1992


  • “Testimony in Anabaptist Mennonite Theology and Practice” in Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology (Fall 2009)
  • Praying the Beatitudes of Jesus (Conference of Mennonites in Canada, 1998)
  • And No One Shall Make Them Afraid (Faith & Life, 1998), editor
  • “Ursula Jost and Barbara Rebstock of Strasbourg” in Profiles of Anabaptist Women: Sixteenth-Century Reforming Pioneers (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1996)
  • Letters to American Christians (Herald, 1989), co-author
  • Building the House Church (Herald, 1986)
  • The Vision and the Reality (Faith & Life, 1983)
  • “Jesus and God,” in Jesus Matters: Good News for the 21st Century (Herald, 2009)
  • “Defining Missional Church,” in Evangelical, Ecumenical, and Anabaptist Missiologies in Conversation (Orbis, 2006)
  • Treasure in Clay Jars: Patterns in Missional Faithfulness (Eerdmans, 2004), co-author
  • Doing What Is Right
  • What the Bible Says About Covenant and Justice (Herald Press, 1989)
  • Co-author, Missional Church
  • A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America (Eerdmans, 1998).


"Theological education is for the purpose of serving the church. And serving the church involves understanding the nature of the church and the mission in which God sends the church. The church is the people of God, an alternative community with another set of allegiances and another set of practices from the dominant culture. As such, the church is to be light to the world, a city on a hill, a sign of the future God intends for the whole world."

The nature of the church has been a long-standing interest for Lois Barrett in her research and writing about house churches, missional ecclesiology, and early Anabaptist religious and cultural history. Before joining the faculty in 2002, she was a denominational mission executive and as a pastor of an urban congregation. Her role as an AMBS administrator and instructor in Kansas and Indiana calls out the best of Lois's gifts of teaching, administration, and empowering people for leadership in the church.