Gayle Gerber Koontz

  • Professor Emerita of Theology and Ethics
  • Professor Emerita of Theology and Ethics


  • Ph.D., Boston University, 1985
  • M.A., Lancaster Theological Seminary, 1976
  • B.A., Bethel College, Kansas, 1969


  • “Unity with integrity: John H. Yoder’s ecumenical theology and practice” in Radical Ecumenicity: Pursuing Unity and Continuity after John Howard Yoder (Abilene Christian University Press, 2010)
  • “Peace Theology in Transition: North American Mennonite Peace Studies and Theology 1906–2006,” in Mennonite Quarterly Review 81:1 (January 2007)
  • “Ecclesiology, Authority, and Ministry: An Anabaptist-Mennonite Perspective” in The Heart of the Matter: Pastoral Ministry in Anabaptist Perspective (Cascadia, 2004)
  • A Mind Patient and Untamed: Assessing John Howard Yoder’s Contributions to Theology, Ethics, and Peacemaking (Cascadia and Herald, 2004), co-editor
  • “Place With God: A Mennonite Geography of the Spirit,” Menno Simons Lectures, Bethel College, North Newton, Kan., November 1998


"Christian theology shapes and emerges from community life. As theologians we try to listen intelligently to Scripture, learn from Christians before us, and understand the realities of our world in order to hear God’s good news with new power. But we cannot ignore our life together in the church. How we speak about and worship God, how we interact as women and men, how we relate as people from different races and denominations, and how we respond to suffering and sin often teach us as much about our theological convictions as the sermons we preach and the papers we write."

Gayle Gerber Koontz guides students not only to study theology and ethics, but also to consider what these subjects mean for the church today. Gayle joined the AMBS faculty in 1982 and served as dean for five years. She has taught at Silliman Divinity School in the Philippines and in Rwanda and Burundi. She and Ted Koontz regularly accompany AMBS students to the Anabaptist seminary in Guatemala for January courses. She was a member of the ethics committee for a longterm healthcare facility and leads continuing education seminars for pastors on issues related to mental illness. She was a representative for conversations between Mennonite Church USA and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, and is now the Mennonite Church USA representative to the interchurch Faith and Order theological conversations.

Theology and Religious Pluralism (online)