Andy Brubacher Kaethler, PhD

Associate Professor of Christian Formation and Culture

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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. At AMBS, he launched !Explore, a program that encourages youth to consider various forms of Christian ministry, including pastoral ministry, and that makes significant connections between the seminary and the Mennonite denominations in fostering a culture of call. In addition, Andy teaches in areas of theology, philosophy, and culture.


  • Ph.D., Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 2013 
  • M.A., University of St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, 1999 
  • B.A., University of Waterloo, 1993 
  • B.Th., Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1990

Teaching Philosophy

"Forming church-goers of every age into faithful disciples of Jesus Christ, insightful interpreters of the Gospel message, and committed agents for Gospel transformation necessarily includes the ability to read contemporary culture. To be a Christian includes being formed to be able to observe and patiently resist areas in our culture which are inconsistent with Jesus’ life and teaching. But it is not enough for Christians to simply be counter-cultural. We must also be able to identify, articulate and robustly live out the new center of our lives as humble recipients of God’s grace and as passionate collaborators with Jesus Christ in reconciling all humans and all creation to God in peace."


  • Youth Ministry at a Crossroads: Tending to the faith formation of Mennonite Youth (Institute of Mennonite Studies and Herald, 2011), co-editor
  • “The Practice of Reading the Other: John H. Yoder’s Critical and Caricatured Portrayal of Scholasticism” in Power and Practices: Engaging the Work of John Howard Yoder (Herald, 2009)
  • “Becoming Adult, Being Sexual: Sexuality on the Long Road to Adulthood,” in Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology (Fall 2008) 
  • “Toward an Adolescent Hermeneutic,” in Journal of Youth and Theology (April 2006)