Nancy Heisey

Nancy Heisey

Office Phone: (540) 432-4050


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: RLN 302

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 walking.


B.A., Messiah College
M.Div., Eastern Mennonite University
M.A., Temple University
Ph.D., Temple University


With M.J. Heisey. Relief Work as Pilgrimage: “Mademoiselle Miss Elsie” in Southern France, 1945-1948. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015 (in production).

“En marche dans le conflit et la réconciliation.” In Christ Seul. May 2015 (No. 1054), 6-7.

“Brethren in Christ Engagement with Mennonite World Conference.” In Brethren in Christ History and Life (April 2015), 38/1, 3-12.

“Peace and Scripture: Mennonite Perspectives from the Global South.” In Struggles for Shalom: Peace and Violence Across the Testaments. Ed Laura L. Brenneman and Brad D. Schantz. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2014, 291-303.

Review of Ronald J. Sider. The Early Church on Killing: A Comprehensive Sourcebook. In Brethren in Christ History and Life. April 2013 (36/1), 142-145.

Review of Thomas R. Yoder Neufeld. Killing Enmity: Violence and the New Testament. In Brethren in Christ History and Life, August 2012 (35/2), 390-393.

“Remembering Dirk Willems: Memory and History in the Future of Ecumenical Relationships.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies. Vol. 47/3 (Summer 2012), 355-375.

“Shaped by Travel: MCC and Mennonite Mobility.” In A Table of Sharing: Mennonite Central Committee and the Expanding Networks of Mennonite Identity. Ed. Alain Epp Weaver. Telford, PA: Cascadia, (2011), 167-191.

“Paul on Idolatry: Finding Fruitful Fellowship.” In Vision (Spring 2011), 30-37.

“The Place of Prayer: Origen’s On Prayer as Map and Territory.” Christian Scholar’s Review (Fall 2007), 11-24.

“Pilgrimage, Place, and People: A History of the Locations of Mennonite World Conference Assemblies, 1925-2003. Church History 75:4 (December 2006), 849-879.

Origen the Egyptian: A Literary and Historical Consideration of the Egyptian Background in Origen’s Writings on Martyrdom. Nairobi: Paulines Publications Africa, 2000.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

“(How much) does Mennonite World Conference unify all Anabaptists? Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society annual banquet. April 11, 2015.

“The questionable past and the Brethren in Christ.” Lecture at Messiah College, sponsored by the Sider Institute. October 28, 2014.

Chair, “Bodies and Health” session of North American Patristics Society annual conference, Chicago. May 23, 2014..

Panelist, “Religions and National Reconciliation in Africa,” Africana Conference, James Madison University, October 18, 2012.

“Mademoiselle Miss Elsie: Relief Work and Pilgrimage in Southern France, 1938-1948,” EMU University Colloquium with M.J. Heisey (March 28, 2012)

“‘Domine Ivimus:’ Perspectives on Egeria and Melania as pilgrims and tourists.” Paper presented at the North American Patristics Society (May 21, 2009).

Church, Community and Professional Service

Facilitator of panel discussion with “Nones.” School for Leadership Training, January 20-21, 2015.

“Anabaptist history and world-wide growth.” Presentation at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community. July 22, 2014

“Re-membering: member of a congregation, a conference, a denomination, and a global fellowship.” Input for Virginia Mennonite Conference credentialed leaders consultation (May 2, 2014).

“Three Eras of World Mission.” Teaching one evening session of Perspectives Course administered by Virginia Mennonite Missions (February 25, 2014)

Member, Martin Luther King, Jr., Coalition choir, NAACP celebration (January 19, 2014).

Professional Memberships

Anabaptist-Mennonite Scholars Network
North American Patristics Society
Society of Biblical Literature

Professional Conferences Attended

North American Patristics Society annual meeting, Chicago (May 2014).

Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting, Baltimore (November 2013).

EMU Service

Search committee, Director of the Library, Sadie Hartzler Library, Fall 2014.

Search committee, Eastern Mennonite Seminary position in Worship and Spiritual Formation, Fall 2013.

Member, ad-hoc reference group supporting undergraduate participation in EMU listening process, Spring 2014.