David B. Miller

Teaching Associate of the AMBS Church Leadership Center

About David

David B. Miller, DMin, 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
Academic degrees
  • D.Min., Columbia Theological Seminary, 2006
  • M.Div., Goshen Biblical Seminary, 1993
  • B.A., Goshen College, 1979
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)