Institute of Mennonite Studies

Jamie Pitts, director of Institute of Mennonite Studies

A word from Jamie Pitts

New director, Institute of Mennonite Studies

"IMS foments scholarship for the church: research and writing that serve the church's perennial need for bold and rigorous reflection on Scripture, theology, history, and mission. Our publications and events help orient Christian leaders to God's reconciling mission in the world."
Back row:  Jamie Pitts, IMS director; Barbara Nelson Gingerich, IMS managing editor and Andy Brubacher Kaethler, IMS associate director. Front seated: Retired IMS director, Mary Schertz and former IMS associate director, Lois Barrett.

Staff changes at IMS

After serving as IMS director since 1999, Mary Schertz (front left) has retired. Also laying down her responsibilities as IMS associate director is Lois Barrett (front right). In their place we welcome Jamie Pitts (back left) as IMS director and Andy Brubacher Kaethler (back right) as IMS associate director. Barbara Nelson Gingerich (center) continues as IMS managing editor. Read more about the transition.

IMS Book Catalog 2017–18

The IMS Book Catalog (PDF) contains annotated entries of all books published by the institute and details for purchasing. It also lists publications in each of the institute's major series including, Classics of the Radical Reformation seriesIntercultural Biblical Hermeneutics SeriesOccasional Papers, Studies in Peace and Scripture series and the Text Reader series.

IMS maintains a subscribers list, to whom announcements of publications and coming events are sent. Those who request standing order status receive a 20% discount. Email us for more details.

Vision: Proclaiming Christ in a Pluralistic Context

The latest issue of Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology, on Proclaiming Christ in a Pluralistic Context, is edited by Mary H. Schertz. Download the table of contents and her editorial. For current and past issues, visit the official site.

Scribes for the Reign of God faculty project

Scribes for the Reign of God is an annual project in which faculty participate in sustained conversation among selected scholars working on a particular topic. The 2017-2018 collaborators are Malinda Berry, PhD, and Allan Rudy-Froese, PhD. Their subject is the body and embodiment.

Research on faith perspectives on migration conducted by Safwat Marzouk, Rachel Miller Jacobs, and Daniel Schipani, participants in the 2016–17 Scribes project, has been published in a new book, Where Are We? Pastoral Environments and Care for Migrants.

Support IMS

IMS's work is financed by grants from foundations and church agencies, individual contributions, royalty payments from publications and a portion of the AMBS budget. To contribute, use our online giving form and designate your gift for "Institute of Mennonite Studies."