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.

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 has been involved in Christian formation for nearly 20 years in conference, congregational, and camp settings. Before coming to AMBS in 2003, he was minister of youth ministries for Mennonite Church Eastern Canada.

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

Retired Professor of Theology and Ethics

Theodore J. Koontz, PhD

Retired Professor of Ethics and Peace Studies

Alan Kreider

Retired Professor of Church History and Mission

Marlene Kropf

Retired Associate Professor in Spiritual Formation and Worship

Safwat Marzouk, PhD

Associate Professor of Old Testament

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

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 is interested in articulating a constructive Anabaptist theology rooted in Scripture, church history, and congregational mission.

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

Retired Professor of Church History and Mission

Mary H. Schertz PhD

Retired Professor of New Testament

Daniel S. Schipani, PhD

Retired Professor 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

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

June Alliman Yoder

Professor Emerita of Preaching and Communication

Perry B. Yoder

Professor Emeritus of Old Testament