David Evans

David Evans

Office Phone: (540) 432-4265


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: SB 228

Office Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 1:00-4:00 pm

Asst Prof-History and Mission


“I teach my students to think about the church as a community of sent disciples, laboring from the Beloved Community in local contexts, in hopes that they might recognize the many cultures and people who make up the Body of Christ. As a Methodist, I encourage them, in the words of John Wesley, to engage the society by “doing no harm,” “doing all the good they can,” while also acknowledging that they are products of the world in which we all live.

My research focuses on the braided identity categories of religion, race, and nation. This focus helps me understand how US Christian Churches function in local societies and throughout the world. The study of Christian Mission affords unique opportunities for such research because it is often in the history of mission encounters that I find the most clear construction of boundaries that divide missionaries from the objects of their work. These boundaries function as mirrors through which we can learn how Christian missionaries define themselves and envision the goal of conversion. In this way, I am attempting to make invisible, unstated, power laden boundaries visible and thus unmask their power. In addition, this knowledge engenders creative ideas for the future of Christian Mission, particularly in this time of climate changes."

In addition to his teaching role, David serves the seminary community as Director of Cross Cultural Programs.

David has worked in various ministry contexts. While living in Washington, DC, David was the Junior/Senior High Director of an out-of-school time program on Capitol Hill. Later he served as Community Development Resource coordinator with MCC East Coast. Most recently he was co-pastor of Boonton United Methodist Church in New Jersey. In concert with his teaching and scholarship, David practices a local “eco-lutionary” lifestyle that promotes a sustainable future for the diverse people of the Shenandoah Valley Watershed.


Ph.D. Drew University Graduate Division of Religion, Historical Studies
M.Phil. Drew University, Historical Studies
M.T.S. Wesley Theological Seminary, History of Christianity
B.A. Spring Arbor College, Christian Ministries


Scholarly Articles:

“To Rid the Italian Soul of One Dark Blot: Recognising Race in White Christian Religion” Journal of Religious History, 39: 370–385. 2015.

“Regenerating the Italian Race: The Italian Methodist Mission and the Americanization of Italian History.” Methodist History, April 2011, Vol. XLLX No. 3: 132-146.

Book Chapters:

“The Racial Context of Christian Churches in the United States.” _Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil:Stories About the Challenges of Young Pastors _ ed. James Ellis, 2015.

Book Reviews:

“Mark Auslander, The Accidental Slave Owner: Revisiting the Myth of Race and Finding an American Family.” Methodist History, October 2012, 51:1 & 2: 173-75.

“What are You?: A review of Searching for Zion.” The Revealer, 2013, http://therevealer.org/archives/17714


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Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

Session Chair/Commentator, “An Individuals Impact: Ideas, Inventions, Identities” Eastern American Studies Association, Eastern Mennonite University March 23, 2013

Exhibits, Performances and Productions

Narrator, “Paul Robeson: I Go on Singing,” Eastern Mennonite University, February 9, 2013.

Church, Community and Professional Service

“The Future of Christianity in America: Fresh Voices.” January 13-15, 2015. Virginia Conference of the UMC, Convocation. Blackstone, VA.

“University Sunday: A License to Live.” April 27, 2014. John Wesley United Methodist Church, Harrisonburg, VA.

“A Domesticated King.” January 20, 2014. Eastern Mennonite University Chapel.

“Suspicions of a Black Man.” November 22, 2013. Eastern Mennonite University Chapel.

“A Neighborhood Watch for Trayvon.” October 8, 2013. Eastern Mennonite Seminary Chapel.

“An Immigrant Mission.” July 7, 2013. Parkview Mennonite Church. Harrisonburg, VA

“A Certain Sound: Spiritual Songs and the Civil Rights Movement.” February 17, 2012. Virginia Mennonite Retirement Center, Harrisonburg, VA.

“The People in Your Neighborhood” February 10, 2012, Manor Memorial UMC, New Market, VA.

“Generation Fusion” September 30, 2012, Culpeper UMC, Culpeper, VA.

“Dealing with Diversity” October 28, 2012, Immanuel Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, VA.

New Courses Taught

CM 681 A – United Methodist Doctrine, May 2016
CM 671 A – United Methodist History, Spring 2015-16

EMU Service

Strategic Planning Task Force, 2015-16

President’s Cabinet Faculty Rep, 2015-16

Faculty Senate Vice President, 2015-16

Faculty Senate, 2014-16

Intellectual Life Committee, 2014-16

EMU Strategic Plan Task Force, 2014

Climate Action Plan Committee, 2014

2014 C. Henry Smith Oratorical Contest judge.

Christian Formation Faculty Search Committee, 2013-14

Martin Luther King Planning Committee, 2013-14

Seminary Admissions Committee, 2013-14

Seminary Academic Committee, 2013-14

Master of Arts in Counseling 3-year Faculty Review Committee Fall 2013

Old Testament/Hebrew Faculty Search Committee, Spring 2012-Fall 2013

Seminary Community Council, Faculty Representative, Spring 2013