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Willard Swartley, PhD (1936-2019)

Professor Emeritus of New Testament

PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1973
BD, Goshen College Biblical Seminary, 1962
BA, Eastern Mennonite College, 1959

Willard Swartley served at AMBS from 1978 to 2004. In addition to teaching, he served as dean from 1979 to 1981 and 1995 to 2000, as director of summer school, and as director of the Institute of Mennonite Studies. His long list of published works testifies to his strong scholarship as well as his interests — New Testament studies, particularly the gospel of Mark, and peace and nonviolence. Willard served as New Testament editor for the Believers Church Bible Commentary series and as co-editor of the Study of Peace and Scripture series. Following his retirement, Willard continued to write both scholarly books and materials to encourage use of Scripture in devotional life. His publications include the volume on John in the Believers Church Bible Commentary series and a companion book, Living Gift: John’s Jesus in Meditation and Poetry, Art and Song; and Health, Healing and the Church’s Mission: Biblical Perspectives and Moral Priorities.

Willard continued to be a regular presence on the AMBS campus until his death of natural causes on Nov. 6, 2019 (see AMBS professor emeritus remembered for prolific scholarship, faith and humility). His last book was Jesus, Deliver Us: Evil, Exorcism and Exousiai (Cascade, 2019).