David B. Miller, DMin

Associate Professor of Missional Leadership Development

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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. During the time he was pastor in Pennsylvania, he was one of the founding board members of the Interfaith and Community Coalition Against Violence and Prejudice, established in the wake of the Columbine High School shootings. He was founder of the Centre Community Peace Team, a violence and riot prevention organization. In addition, since 2003 he has been a member on the board of directors of the Center on Conscience and War in Washington, D.C.


  • D.Min., Columbia Theological Seminary, 2006 
  • M.Div., Goshen Biblical Seminary, 1993 
  • B.A., Goshen College, 1979

Teaching Philosophy

"The vision of ‘the missional church’ provides a new way for churches from various theological traditions to come together to re-claim and be re-claimed by Jesus’ announcement of the reign of God. Here is a language that privileges no single tradition while permitting each one to bring to the table its unique gifts and needs for the gifts of others. The Anabaptist family of churches has much to offer and to learn in this engagement. In a time of cultural displacement, the streams of the Christian church are discovering anew their mutual need for each other and their essential unity in Christ’s mission in the world."


  • “God in the hands of angry sinners: Re-considering wrath in the book of Ephesians” in Peace Be With You: The Church’s Benediction Amid Violent Empires (Cascadia, 2009)
  • “Our rebates can fund a year of jubilee,” in Centre Daily Times, State College, Pa. (May 8, 2008)
  • “Preaching Lenten repentance to church and nation: Deep memory and the catechesis of repentance,” in Journal for Preachers (Lent 2008) 
  • “The Missional Church and the End of Christian Social Ethics: Reassessing, Remembering, and Rehearsing,” doctoral project, 2006