David C. Cramer, PhD

Managing Editor, Institute of Mennonite Studies; Core Adjunct Faculty

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PhD, Baylor University, 2016
MA, Trinity International University, 2009
MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 2008
BA, Bethel College, Indiana, 2005

About David

David Cramer, PhD, has a passion for understanding the difference the Christian faith makes for how Christians live in contemporary society. His scholarship focuses on the tradition of Christian social ethics from the early 20th-century social gospel movement to its 21st-century expression in Anabaptist theological ethics.

Before teaching courses in theology and ethics at AMBS, he taught Christian Scriptures at Baylor University as a presidential scholar and was an adjunct instructor in theology, ethics, philosophy and Scripture at Bethel University in Mishawaka, Indiana.

He brings to his role as Managing Editor of the Institute of Mennonite Studies experience working for Baker Academic and Brazos Press in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is co-author of A Field Guide to Christian Nonviolence: Key Thinkers, Activists, and Movements for the Gospel of Peace (Baker Academic, 2022), and his writing has appeared in scholarly and popular outlets, including Anabaptist WorldChristian Century and Sojourners.

He also serves as pastor of Keller Park Church, a Central District Conference (MC USA) congregation in South Bend, Indiana.


A Field Guide to Christian Nonviolence (Baker Academic, 2022), co-author.

“From Nonviolence to Antiviolence: Resistance to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence,” Mennonite Quarterly Review 96 (2022): 93–102, co-author.

“Digital Discernment: An Experiment in Developing: Organic Anabaptist Practices of Social Media Use,” Conrad Grebel Review 39 (2021): 83–94.

“‘It Has Seemed Good to the Holy Spirit and to Us’: From Biblicist Arguments to Pneumatological Witness,” Direction 50 (2021): 14–27. 

“A Field Guide to Christian Nonviolence: There are different ways to understand the gospel’s call to peace—and that’s a good thing,” Sojourners Magazine, January 2016, 31–35.

“Yearning to Breathe Free: Churches on the U.S.-Mexico border are making a statement about immigration—by working together to meet humanitarian need,” Sojourners Magazine, May 2015, 35–38.

“By What Criteria Does a ‘Grand, Noble Experiment’ Fail? What the Case of John Howard Yoder Reveals about the Mennonite Church,” Mennonite Quarterly Review 89 (2015): 171–93, co-author.

“Theology and Misconduct: The Case of John Howard Yoder,” Christian Century, August 20, 2014, 20–23, co-author.

“Realistic Transformation: The Impact of the Niebuhr Brothers on the Social Ethics of John Howard Yoder,” Mennonite Quarterly Review 88 (2014): 479–515.

“Mennonite Systematic Theology in Retrospect and Prospect,” Conrad Grebel Review 31 (2013): 255–73.

The Activist Impulse: Essays on the Intersection of Evangelicalism and Anabaptism (Pickwick, 2012), co-editor.

“Recovering the Christian Practice of Dying: A Response to Stanley Hauerwas’ ‘Finite Care in a World of Infinite Need’,” Christian Scholar’s Review 41 (2012): 357–66.