Malinda Elizabeth Berry

Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics

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Malinda is an educator-activist-doer. Her own teaching career got its start in a family of educators and has led to teaching roles at Goshen College, AMBS, and for the last five years at Bethany Theological Seminary, Richmond, Ind. Her scholarship endeavors include being one of three founding editors of the Prophetic Christianity Books Series, a project focused on cultivating the scholarship of those connected to the Black Church, the Historic Peace Church and progressive Evangelicalism. In addition to teaching, writing, and editing, Malinda has served as interim pastor in New York City, and worked as a peace and social justice activist in Washington, D.C. She calls herself an “epicurious localvore,” she enjoys worship and prayer that involves our senses, and she loves to knit.


  • PhD, Union Theological Seminary, New York, 2013
  • MPhil, Union Theological Seminary, New York, 2009
  • MAPS, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 2001
  • BA, Goshen College, Goshen, Ind., 1996

Teaching philosophy

“When we take a look at the scope of Christian tradition, we can see that Anabaptists have been among the ecclesial communities that have put less time and energy into developing a comprehensive theology. In our time, we Anabaptists have begun to devote more of our intellectual and spiritual life to ‘doing theology.’ I consider my teaching and scholarship to be part of this turn. In my work, I help others use resources ranging from the visual and literary arts to emotion and experience to better understand how and why Scripture anchors the faith that animates their lives. My vision is for our learning community at AMBS to extend beyond the campus, helping Christian communities throughout the world deepen their faith by reflecting theologically and ethically on the hope, belief, and action God is growing in them.”


  • Prophetic Evangelicals: Envisioning the Just and Peaceable Kingdom (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Col, 2012) editor with Bruce Ellis Benson and Peter Goodwin Heltzer
  • Wrestling with the Text: Young Adult Perspectives on Scripture (Cascadia, 2006) editor with Keith Graber Miller
  • “What about the sacrifice of animals in the Hebrew Scriptures?” in A Faith Embracing All Creatures: Addressing Commonly Asked Questions about Christian Care for Animals (Cascade Books, 2012)
  • “Changing the bulb and turning on the light: The power of personal agency in feminist work” in Faith, Feminism, and Scholarship: The Next Generation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)
  • “Poised to embrace: The literary arts and Anabaptism” in Center for Mennonite Writing Journal (
  • “The gifts of an extended theological table: MCC’s World Community Cookbooks as organic theology” in A Table of Sharing: Mennonite Central Committee and the Expanding Networks of Mennonite Identity (Cascadia, 2011)