Bible & Religion Dept

Faculty

Peter Dula
Associate Professor and Department Chair

Peter Dula is Associate Professor of Religion and Culture. He received a Ph.D from Duke University in theology and ethics in 2004. He is the author of Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology (Oxford, 2011). Before coming to EMU in 2006 he was the Mennonite Central Committee Iraq Program Coordinator. He has taught at Lancaster Mennonite High School and at the Meserete Kristos College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he was a Fulbright scholar in 2001-2. He has received several grants and fellowships including, most recently, the Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant for Researchers.

Christian Early
Professor

Christian Early, professor of philosophy & theology. Christian earned a PhD in philosophy from the University of Wales and he specializes in philosophy of religion and ethics.

Ted Grimsrud
Professor

Ted Grimsrud is Professor of Theology and Peace Studies. Prior to teaching at EMU beginning in 1996, he served 10 years as a pastor in Mennonite churches in Arizona, Oregon and South Dakota. His PhD is from the Graduate Theological Union. He is especially interested in the connection between Christian theology and pacifism. He teaches classes in theology, peace studies, ethics, and the Bible. He is married to Kathleen Temple and is Elias’s and Marja’s grandfather. His latest book, published in March, 2013 by Cascade Books, is Instead of Atonement: The Bible’s Salvation Story and Our Hope for Wholeness. He blogs at thinkingpacifism.net. He has a website that gathers his writings at peacetheology.net.

Nancy Heisey
Professor

Nancy has worked as a teacher and an administrator first at Mennonite Central Committee and since 1999 at EMU. Her lifelong professional and churchly involvement with Mennonites and Brethren in Christ around the world, and her research interests in early Christianity, shape her reading and research into approaches to biblical interpretation. She enjoys singing, crocheting, listening to birds, and visiting with her three granddaughters.

Andrea Saner
Assistant Professor

Through her research, Andrea strives to offer the church resources for reading the Old Testament in ways that take seriously trinitarian theological concerns without anachronistically imposing these concerns on the ancient text, and that honor Jewish readers and others who read the same texts well within their own interpretive traditions. Before coming to EMU in 2013, Andrea completed a Ph.D. in Old Testament at Durham University in England. Her dissertation, entitled “YHWH, the Trinity, and the Literal Sense: Theological interpretation of Exodus 3:13-15,” explores the relationship between translation and interpretive traditions in the Christian church, and between the name of God, the nature of God, and God’s acts.

Carmen Schrock-Hurst
Instructor

Carmen is an ordained Mennonite minister in VA Mennonite Conference and has served as a Mennonite pastor for over twelve years, in Harrisonburg, VA; Richmond, VA; and Pittsburgh, PA. She and her husband Luke also lived and worked for three years in Honduras (1985-1988) and three years in the Philippines (2002-2005) with Mennonite Central Committee. While in the Philippines she served as assistant chaplain for the students and faculty at Faith Academy, the largest school for children of missionary families in the world. She and Luke are the grateful parents of Grace (EMU grad of 2008), Lucas ( EMU grad 2010) and Caleb (a freshman at Hesston College in Kansas). They are also delighted grandparents of their first grandchild, Jeremi, who lives in Indonesia with his parents Grace and Yugo.

Carmen received a M.A. in Theology with a concentration in Christian Spirituality from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries in 1996 and a BA in social work from EMU in 1981.

From 2006 to 2011 Carmen directed the volunteer program of the local hospice, where she learned about the spirituality of end-of-life issues, and of grief and loss. She has also worked for Sojourners magazine, directed a homeless shelter, led local and international retreats, served on the board of Pittsburgh’s PULSE program (a young adult service and learning opportunity) and on the board of Roberta Webb Child Care Center in Harrisonburg.

At EMU Carmen teaches courses in Spiritual Formation, Congregational Ministry, Church Leadership, and Youth Ministry as well as directs the Ministry Inquiry Program. She also offers spiritual direction to a limited number of students and community members. A gifted preacher and public speaker Carmen has shared in local chapel services, congregations and church assemblies.

Carmen enjoys finding God in the ordinary miracles of our every day lives, sharing the gift of hospitality, reading, listening to her sons play music, Skyping with her daughter, son-in-law and grandson in Indonesia, international travel, and walking on the beach.

Linford Stutzman
Prof. of Culture and Mission

One of the most urgent needs for the church in the twenty-first century is a new generation of creative and courageous leaders with a clear vision of the kingdom of God and a commitment to representing the good news of Jesus in the world. After two decades of teaching culture, religion, and mission courses to undergraduates at EMU, leading numerous semester-long and summer cross-cultural study programs in the Middle East, and directing the John Coffman Center for Missional Leadership Development at EMS, Dr. Linford Stutzman now directs and teaches courses in the new Biblical Lands Educational Seminars and Service (BLESS) program at EMS that brings all of the above together. In cooperation with mission and service agencies, BLESS provides unique overseas study opportunities for young adults and others that connect the dynamic and dangerous first century “Romanized” world of Jesus and Paul with our dynamic and dangerous globalized twenty-first century world of the future.

Dr. Stutzman’s curiosity for the world and commitment to sharing the good news of Jesus began as a teen-ager in British Columbia where his parents were missionaries among Native Americans. Service in Israel, long-term mission assignments in Germany and Australia, a BA from EMU, and MAR from EMS, and a PhD in Religion and Culture from The Catholic University of America, provide the experiential and educational foundation for Dr. Stutzman’s passion for taking students into the world to learn from Jesus and his early followers.

Each summer since 2004, Dr. Stutzman and his wife Janet have been exploring the Roman Empire, Paul’s mission activity, and the book of Acts aboard their “research vessel” SailingActs, and leading study seminars on and around the Mediterranean Sea for seminary students and others.

Adjunct Faculty

Staff

Joan Chamberlain
Office Coordinator

Joan Chamberlain, Office Coordinator in both the Language & Literature Department and the Bible & Religion Department, came to Eastern Mennonite University in 2007 after serving as Office Manager in a local business. Prior to coming to the Shenandoah Valley, Joan taught and coached at Barrington College (RI) and Messiah College (PA) and coached at Eastern Mennonite High School. Joan enjoys spending time with her extended family, bicycling, sailing, and volleyball.

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