Eastern Mennonite University

Nancy Heisey

Nancy Heisey

Office Phone: (540) 432-4050


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: BH 105

Nancy Heisey in the news:

‘Shenandoah Confession’ emerges from 2014 intercollegiate peace meeting, in spirit of 1527 Schleitheim Confession

EMU and Catholic Do Joint Engineering Program

EMU Wraps Up Athletic Year With Honors Banquet

Heisey Named EMU VP and Undergraduate Dean

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, and talking with her three granddaughters.


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


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.

2012 Review of Abe J. Dueck, ed. The Mennonite Brethren Church Round the World: Celebrating 150 Years. In Mennonite Quarterly Review, April 2012 (86/2 ), 274-276.

“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.

Theological Education on Five Continents: Anabaptist Perspectives. Edited with Daniel S. Schipani. Strasbourg, France; Mennonite World Conference, 1997.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

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)

“Remembering Dirk Willems: memory and history in the future of ecumenical relationships.” North American Academy of Ecumenists. (September 24, 2011).

“Shaped by Travel: MCC and Mennonite Mobility.” Paper presented to “A Table of Sharing: Mennonite Central Committee and the Expanding Networks of Mennonite Identity” (Akron, PA, June 14, 2010).

“‘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

“Of Love, Sex, and the Bible.” Teaching at Pilgrims Mennonite Church, Akron, PA (May 2013).

Sunday school class on the Apostle Paul. Bethel Lutheran Church, Winchester, VA (April 2013).

“What do you want me to do for you?” Sermon at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, both services (October 2012).

“Food fights.” Sermon at Neffsville Mennonite Church, Neffsville, PA (June 2012).

“Jesus the Serpent.” Sermon at Pilgrims Mennonite Church, Akron, PA. (March 2012)

“Dumbstruck.” Sermon at Zion Mennonite Church, Broadway, VA. (December 2011)

“Living More With Less” retreat leader, together with Paul Longacre, at Blossom Hill Mennonite Church, Lancaster, PA. Sunday sermon, “The burden and gift of abundant life.” (November 2011)

“All You Need is Love.” Sermon at First Mennonite Church, Richmond, VA (March 2011).

“How We Got the Bible,” and “Studies in 1 Corinthians.” Spring Gathering, First Mennonite Church, Richmond, VA (March 2011).

Professional Memberships

Abstractor, Religious and Theological Abstracts
Anabaptist-Mennonite Scholars Network
North American Patristics Society
Society of Biblical Literature

Professional Conferences Attended

“The Gendered Liberal Arts? Femininity, Masculinity and the Future of Liberal Education,” Westmont College (February 2012)

" Mirror on the Globalization of Mennonite Witness," Biannual Shenk Mission lectureship Program, AMBS (October 2011)

“Called Together: Identity, Accountability, Hospitality,” North American Academy of Ecumenists (Allentown, PA), (September 2011).

Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. Atlanta (Nov. 2010).

Annual Meeting of the North American Patristics Society. Chicago (May 2010)

EMU Service

Co-leader, May-June 2013 Québec cross-cultural group.

Library Task Force, 2011-2012