Academics People

Lois Y. Barrett, PhD

Professor of Theology and Anabaptist Studies

The nature of the church has been a long-standing interest for Lois Barrett, PhD, in her research and writing about house churches, missional ecclesiology, and early Anabaptist religious and cultural history.

Malinda Elizabeth Berry, PhD

Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics

Malinda Elizabeth Berry, PhD, is an educator-activist-doer. In addition to teaching, writing, and editing, she has served as interim pastor in New York City, and worked as a peace and social justice activist in Washington, D.C.

Laura Brenneman, PhD

Laura L. Brenneman is a hospital chaplain and visiting religion professor at AMBS, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Eastern Mennonite Seminary.

David C. Cramer, PhD

David Cramer serves as the teaching pastor at Keller Park Church, an urban congregation in South Bend. He has been an adjunct instructor at Bethel College, Mishawaka, Indiana, and an editor for Baker Academic and Brazos Press in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Jacob W. Elias

Professor Emeritus of New Testament

Delores Friesen, PhD

Delores Friesen a licensed marriage and family therapist with specialties in aging, grief, sexuality, and marriage and family issues. She seeks to integrate faith and a practical, caring style with the cultural and family context of clients.

Jacqueline Hoover, MA

Jacqueline Hoover is a freelance lecturer in Islamic Studies who teaches regularly in Germany and Egypt and at the University of Nottingham in the UK. She has also taught courses for theological seminaries and church groups in Lebanon, the Sudan, Nigeria and the USA.

Janna Hunter-Bowman, PhD

Assistant Professor of Peace Studies and Christian Social Ethics

Janna Hunter-Bowman, PhD, brings experience as a peace and justice worker in different settings to her academic study and teaching role. She has worked with Witness for Peace and with Justapaz in Colombia in the areas of documentation, education and advocacy.

Rachel Miller Jacobs, DMin

Associate Professor of Congregational Formation

Rachel Miller Jacobs has a love for the church that leads her into many forms of ministry. She is a spiritual director and was the resources coordinator for Leader, a magazine of Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA.

Scott Janzen

Assistant Dean and Registrar

Loren L. Johns, PhD

Professor of New Testament

Loren Johns is passionate about studying and teaching the Bible. His primary areas of research include the role of the Bible in the church, New Testament Greek, the letters of Paul, the Johannine literature, the development of the biblical canon, and eschatology.

Andy Brubacher Kaethler, PhD

Associate Professor of Christian Formation and Culture

Andy Brubacher Kaethler, PhD, has been committed to Christian formation for more than 25 years, working in educational, conference, congregational, and camp settings. He teaches in areas of theology, culture, and philosophy.

Paul Keim, PhD

Paul Keim is professor of Bible and Religion at Goshen (Indiana) College and regularly teaches Greek and Hebrew courses at AMBS.

Gayle Gerber Koontz, PhD

Professor Emerita of Theology and Ethics

Theodore J. Koontz, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Ethics and Peace Studies

James Krabill, PhD

James Krabill is Senior Executive for Global Ministries for Mennonite Mission Network.

Alan Kreider

Retired Professor of Church History and Mission

Marlene Kropf

Associate Professor Emerita in Spiritual Formation and Worship

Safwat Marzouk, PhD

Associate Professor of Old Testament

Safwat Marzouk, PhD, grew up where interfaith dialogue among Christians, Jews and Muslims influences daily life. As a Christian in Egypt, he focused on studying the Old Testament to better understand God’s vision of shalom.

Dee McOwen

Administrative Assistant to the Registrar

David B. Miller, DMin

Associate Professor of Missional Leadership Development

David Miller brings a passion for peace and justice along with experience in teaching, pastoral ministry, and administration to his position. Prior to joining the faculty in 2009, David was pastor of University Mennonite Church, State College, Pa., for 12 years and taught at Hesston (Kan.) College.

Tilda Norberg

Tilda Norberg has had a private practice in Gestalt Pastoral Care since 1970. She is the founder and since 1982 has been director of a two-year basic training program for clergy, therapists and other professionals in Gestalt Pastoral Care.

Ben C. Ollenburger, PhD

Professor of Biblical Theology

Ben Ollenburger is a storyteller. This gift often inspires both laughter and new insight. He also pursues the work of theology with passion and discipline.

Jamie Pitts, PhD

Associate Professor of Anabaptist Studies

Jamie Pitts, PhD, seeks to join the Spirit's work of bringing healing, justice, and joy through teaching and research on global Anabaptist-Mennonite theology and history, participation in local congregational life and community organizing.

Betty Pries

Betty Pries has worked as a mediator, trainer and consultant on conflict resolution and conflict management issues since 1993 nationally and internationally. She has developed expertise in managing faith community conflict, particularly within the church.

John D. Rempel

Retired Professor of Theology and Anabaptist Studies

Allan Rudy-Froese, PhD

Associate Professor of Christian Proclamation

Allan Rudy-Froese blends a heart for the church, preparation in communicating the Good News of the gospel, and infectious humor with the ministry of teaching students how to communicate with diverse audiences in the church and in current culture.

Walter W. Sawatsky

Professor Emeritus of Church History and Mission

Mary H. Schertz, PhD

Professor Emerita of New Testament

Daniel S. Schipani, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Care and Counseling

Daniel Schrock, DMin

Dan Schrock is co-editor (with Marlene Kropf) of An Open Place: The Ministry of Group Spiritual Direction (Morehouse, 2012) and author of The Dark Night: A Gift of God (Herald, 2009). He serves on the pastoral team at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship, Goshen, Indiana.

Rebecca Slough, PhD

Vice President and Academic Dean; Associate Professor of Worship and the Arts

Rebecca Slough’s gifts in worship, music, ministry, and the arts come together in her teaching at AMBS. She is a musician, and in the classroom, Rebecca helps students discover new insights by testing artistic responses to biblical texts.

Willard Swartley

Professor Emeritus of New Testament

Linda Thomas, MATS

Sessional Faculty

Linda Lehman Thomas is a Gestalt Pastoral Care minister and trainer. She also serves as co-director of Pathways Retreat, a contemplative retreat center in Goshen, Indiana.

June Alliman Yoder

Professor Emerita of Preaching and Communication

Perry B. Yoder

Professor Emeritus of Old Testament