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Gayle Gerber Koontz, PhD

Professor Emerita of Theology and Ethics

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PhD, Boston University, 1985
MA, Lancaster Theological Seminary, 1976
BA, Bethel College, Kansas, 1969

Gayle Gerber Koontz 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.


  • “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