Academics People

Lois Y. Barrett, PhD

Retired Professor of Theology and Anabaptist Studies

Luke Beck Kreider, MA

Sessional Faculty

Luke Beck Kreider, MA, works on religious environmental thought and practice, focusing on Christian environmental ethics as they intersect with issues of justice, conflict, and peace.

Malinda Elizabeth Berry, PhD

Associate 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.

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David W. Boshart


David W. Boshart, PhD, brings a variety of administrative and leadership experiences to his role as AMBS’s fourth President, which he began in January 2020.

Jo-Ann Brant, PhD

Sessional Faculty

Jo-Ann A. Brant is Professor Emerita of Bible and Religion at Goshen (Indiana) College.

Laura Brenneman, PhD

Sessional Faculty

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

Heather Bunce, MA

Sessional Faculty

Heather Bunce, MA, is the professor of Hebrew and Director of Library Services at Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing, Michigan.

Matthew Chandler, PhD

Sessional Faculty

Matthew Chandler is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications at the University of Notre Dame.

David C. Cramer, PhD

Managing Editor, Institute of Mennonite Studies; Sessional Faculty

David Cramer is the teaching pastor at Keller Park Church, an urban congregation in South Bend. In addition to teaching courses in theology, he serves as Managing Editor of the Institute of Mennonite Studies at AMBS.

Jacob W. Elias, ThD

Professor Emeritus of New Testament

Katerina Friesen, MDiv

Sessional Faculty

Katerina Friesen lives on Yokut land in Fresno, California. Her work centers around healing from the violence of structural sin.

Luke Gascho, EdD

Sessional Faculty

Luke Gascho is the director of the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, where he also serves as Professor of Sustainability/Environmental Education.

Katie Graber, PhD


Katie Graber is an ethnomusicologist who studies race and ethnicity in a variety of contexts, including Mennonite music, American music and European opera. Katie is the Intercultural Worship Editor for the Voices Together project and the U.S. director of the Anabaptist Worship Network.

Jacqueline Hoover, MA

Sessional Faculty

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.

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

Retired 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

Sessional Faculty

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 R. Krabill, PhD

Core Adjunct Faculty

James R. Krabill has recently retired as Senior Executive for Global Ministries for Mennonite Mission Network.

Nelson Kraybill, PhD

President Emeritus

Alan Kreider, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Church History and Mission

Marlene Kropf, DMin

Associate Professor Emerita in Spiritual Formation and Worship

Beverly Lapp, EdD

Vice President and Academic Dean; Title lX Coordinator

Beverly Lapp brings more than two decades of experience in academic affairs, teacher development, curriculum design and intercultural exchange to her work at AMBS.

Susannah M. Larry, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies

Susannah Larry, PhD, brings to her role a contagious passion for the Hebrew Bible and a commitment to Christ’s church.

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Mary Lehman Yoder

Sessional Faculty

Mary Lehman Yoder is a retired pastor and active spiritual director.

Anneli Loepp Thiessen


Anneli Loepp Thiessen is an active song leader, classical musician and music educator across Ontario. She is the Canadian director of the Anabaptist Worship Network and is passionate about empowering congregations to create vibrant worship.

Safwat Marzouk, PhD

Associate Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible

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.

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Dee McOwen

Administrative Assistant to the Registrar

Breanna J. Nickel

Sessional Faculty

Breanna J. Nickel is a postdoctoral lecturer at the University of Notre Dame.

Ben C. Ollenburger, PhD

Retired 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; Director, Institute of Mennonite Studies; Editor, Anabaptist Witness journal

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.

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Betty Pries, PhD

Sessional Faculty, Instructor

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, ThD

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, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Church History and Mission

Mary H. Schertz, PhD

Professor Emerita of New Testament

Daniel S. Schipani, DrPsy, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Care and Counseling

Daniel Schrock, DMin

Sessional Faculty

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).

Jason Shenk, BA

Sessional Faculty

Jason Shenk is a community organizer who was the founding coordinator of the People's History of Elkhart project from 2009-2017.

Rebecca Slough, PhD

Academic Dean Emerita and Professor Emerita of Worship and the Arts

Carli Steelman, MA

Sessional Faculty

Carli Steelman, MA, is a social movement scholar with a focus on studying religious movements, including US civil rights and the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.

Drew Strait, PhD

Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins

Drew Strait, PhD, brings a contagious enthusiasm for the world of the earliest Christians to his work as a theological animator of Scripture, seeking to connect the dots between early Christians’ radical discipleship and the ways contemporary assemblies of Jesus followers can embody God’s future just world now.

Willard Swartley, PhD

Professor Emeritus of New Testament

Leah R. Thomas, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Contextual Education

Leah Thomas, PhD, brings to her new role an academic focus on pastoral care and Christian social ethics; commitment to undoing racism and intercultural learning; and professional experience in hospital chaplaincy, pastoring and nonprofit management.

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.

Gary Yamasaki, PhD

Sessional faculty

Gary Yamasaki is a faculty member at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, Canada, and has scholarly interests in New Testament Greek and cultural studies of the New Testament era.

June Alliman Yoder, DMin

Professor Emerita of Preaching and Communication

Perry B. Yoder, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Old Testament