David B. Miller, DMin

Teaching Associate, AMBS Church Leadership Center

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DMin, Columbia Theological Seminary, 2006
MDiv, Goshen Biblical Seminary, 1993
BA, Goshen College, 1979

About David

David B. Miller is a Teaching Associate of the AMBS Church Leadership Center with more than 20 years’ experience in congregational leadership.

In this role, David is available as a pastoral consultant for leaders, congregations and church-related organizations. David is also able to serve as a visiting preacher, lecturer or workshop leader. Throughout his career, David’s work has focused on:

  • Christian leadership
  • the missional church
  • peace, justice, and nonviolence
  • healthy boundaries
  • holistic witness

What experiences do you bring to your role as Teaching Associate of the AMBS Church Leadership Center?

David is a dynamic consultant and teacher to pastors, as well as a speaker and teacher for congregations and other gatherings. He played a key role in the recent redesign of the AMBS Church Leadership Center program called Journey: A Missional Leadership Development Program.

Prior to joining the Church Leadership Center, David served for eight years as associate professor for Missional Leadership at AMBS, including leading the ministry internship process for MDiv students. In that role, he developed and taught the “Ministry in Church and World” classes on which Integrity Circles are based.

Ministry Experience

David spent 12 years (1997–2009) as pastor of University Mennonite Church in State College, Pennsylvania. While he was a pastor in Pennsylvania, he was a founding board member of the Interfaith and Community Coalition Against Violence and Prejudice, established in the wake of the Columbine High School shootings. He is also the 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.


“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, Pennsylvania. (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

Other Professional Training

Healthy Boundaries Trainer (FaithTrust Institute), May 2017

Teaching Experience

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (2009–2018)

Hesston College (1993–1997)

Goshen College (adjunct 1992–1993)

Invite AMBS

Invite AMBS is a unique opportunity to invite the faculty and staff of AMBS to come directly to you to address a certain topic. Learn more about Invite AMBS.

Possible topics include:

Improvisational Leadership: Formation and Practice

What if we viewed leadership as akin to improvisational performance? What would it require of us? What might we come to see anew in the traditions that have been handed on to us? Might we experience them as living traditions – expressions of a Word that is continually yearning and causing us to yearn to see “all things made new?”

This series is based on a three part model for forming improvisational leaders: forming a deep memory, being alert to the challenges of the present moment, and committing to courageous engagement in experimental embodiment of the tradition in new contexts.

Email us at [email protected] for more information and an outline of this presentation.

Doxology Against Empire: Living By and Making Known the Manifold Wisdom of God

The overarching context that stands behind the books of the New Testament is the Roman Empire and its claim of having established Pax Romana (the epoch of Roman Peace). This imperial claim demanded the total allegiance of its subjects. The Church’s testimony that ‘Jesus is Lord’ was viewed as a challenge to the imperial claim to Caesar’s lordship.

The book of Ephesians both decodes the claims of the empire and challenges the early Christian community to order their corporate life and hope according to a different understanding of: power (the resurrection), the path to peace (the destruction of hostility), and the church as a reconciled community whose life is a witness to the powers of “the manifold wisdom of God.”

Ephesians is a vital word to the Christian church in the 21st century as it seeks to overcome habits formed by (often-unwitting) collusion with and acquiescence to imperial power.

Email us at [email protected] for more information and an outline of this presentation.

God’s Shalom & the Church’s Witness

Shalom is a fitting description of God’s gift and intent in creation. The human calling in this was to be one of stewardship that cooperates with this gift and purpose and prevents the return to chaos.

This series is about re-claiming the Bible’s grand narrative of the mission of God. It provides congregations a biblical framework and foundation for missional transformation and hope.

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Becoming a Community of Healing & Hope: Speaking the Truth, Healing the Wounds, Anticipating a New Day

The Vision of Healing and Hope rings hollow if we too quickly jump to asking how can God’s healing and hope flow through us to the world and think of some programmatic form of witness. It particularly rings hollow when there are unacknowledged and unspoken wounds within the body of Christ.

This teaching event focuses on how congregations can indeed become communities of healing and hope through welcoming the stories of survivors, truth-telling and commitment to healing the wounds within the body.

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Healthy Boundaries Training

The Healthy Boundaries curriculum and trainings developed by FaithTrust Institute were created to ensure that all faith and spiritual communities have resources to actively engage in this essential prevention training.

Healthy Boundaries training has several goals: to increase awareness of the need for healthy boundaries in the clergy-congregant relationship; to provide clergy and lay leaders with guidelines for appropriate boundaries and self-care; to illustrate strategies to sustain a safe, healthy church; and to define boundaries and why they are important.

Email us at [email protected] for more information and an outline of this presentation.