Theodore J. Koontz, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Ethics and Peace Studies

Before coming to AMBS in 1982, Ted taught at Goshen College and Notre Dame. He also was a pastor in Oklahoma (1968–69) and executive secretary of Mennonite Central Committee Peace Section (1972–76). He spent a sabbatical and service leave from 1988 to 1990 as an MCC volunteer teaching in the Philippines and taught in Rwanda and Burundi during the summer of 2003.


  • Ph.D., Harvard University, 1985
  • M.A., Harvard University, 1980
  • M.Div., Harvard Divinity School, 1972
  • B.A., Bethel College, Kansas, 1969


  • Christian Attitudes to War, Peace, and Revolution by John Howard Yoder (Brazos, 2009) co-editor
  • ”Thinking Ethically about War Against Iraq,” in Mennonite Quarterly Review (January 2003)
  • “Mennonite Education Administration: An Outside View,” in Mennonite Education in a Post-Christian World (CMBC Publications, 1998)
  • “Noncombatant Immunity in Michael Walzer’s Just and Unjust Wars,” in Ethics and International Affairs, Volume 11 (1997)
  • Godward: Personal Stories of Grace (Herald, 1996), editor and contributor
  • “Christian Nonviolence: An Interpretation” in The Ethics of War and Peace (Princeton University, 1996)