Nate Yoder

Nate Yoder

Office Phone: (540) 432-4255


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: SB 229

“I invite students to engage in critical analysis and to bring considered commitment and worshipful wonder to their study and contemplation of the incarnate Word, the embodied Spirit, and the renewed church.”

Nate’s book Together in the Work of the Lord studies the Conservative Mennonite Conference as a case study in Mennonite-evangelical relations, particularly in the latter part of the twentieth century.

Earlier, Nate focused his dissertation on Mennonite fundamentalists, including the founders of the Eastern Mennonite School in 1917. One way that Nate describes this project’s contribution highlights grammatical construction. Previous scholarship portrayed fundamentalism as infiltrating Mennonitism, positioning the movement as subject. In pursuing an interpretation with more nuance, Nate focused on specific Mennonite leaders, describing them as actors rather than objects – and therefore the subjects of the sentence – who had chosen to engage the broader fundamentalist movement.

As EMU’s University Archivist, Nate is resourcing Donald Kraybill, author of the centennial history to be released in 2017.


  • Ph.D., Department of History, University of Notre Dame, IN, 1999.
    Dissertation title: “Mennonite Fundamentalism: Shaping an Identity for an American Context.”
    Dissertation director: Philip Gleason; readers: Nathan Hatch, George Marsden, and Walter Nugent.
  • M.A., Department of History, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, 1989.
  • B.A., Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky, 1984.
  • A.A., Jefferson Community College, Louisville, Kentucky, 1982.


  • Together in the Work of the Lord: A History of the Conservative Mennonite Conference. Vol. 47 in Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite History. Harrisonburg, Virginia: Herald Press, 2014.
  • “‘I Submit’:Daniel Kauffman and the Legacy of a Yielded Life.” In The Activist Impulse: Essays on the Intersection of Evangelicalism and Anabaptism, edited by Jared S. Burkholder and David C. Cramer, 129-155. Eugene, Oregon.: Wipf and Stock, 2012.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

  • “The Conservative Mennonite Conference: A Case in Self-identified Evangelical Anabaptism,” paper presented to a symposium on Brethren evangelicalism: “Should Brethren and Mainstream Evangelicalism Be Different?” sponsored by the Forum for Brethren Studies, Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, Virginia, 20 March 2015.
  • “Toward Definitions that Enhance Understanding and Conversation: conservative as a Case Study,” lunchtime colloquium, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, 29 October 2014.

Other Presentations

  • “Call and Responsibility – Sabbath, Submission, and Integrity (Deuteronomy 8:11, 17-18a, Philippians 1:12-14).” Baccalaureate address, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, 24 April 2015.
  • “Historical and Theological Framework,” presentation to a Virginia Mennonite Conference Credentialed Leaders Consultation on “Baptism and Memberships – Congregation, Conference, and Denomination: Powhatan (Virginia) Mennonite Church, 2 May 2014.

Church, Community and Professional Service

  • Board of Directors. Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 1999-2005, 2010-present.
  • Ordained minister, Virginia Mennonite Conference.

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • Co-proposer, grant from the Marpeck Deans Fund, supporting the meeting of the Mennonite College / University Archives Network, Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio, 10-11 October 2013.

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Church History
  • American Historical Association

Professional Conferences Attended

  • Meeting of the Southeastern Colloquium for American Religious Studies, for discussion of the draft of a book chapter titled, “Womanhood is Sisterhood,” by Mary Henold, Roanoke (Virginia) College (focusing on Catholic laywomen’s groups and their responses to the Second Vatican Council and the Women’s Liberation Movement), at Bridgewater College, 21 March 2014.
  • Virginia Mennonite Conference Credentialed Leaders Consultation on The Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective, Waynesboro (Virginia) Mennonite Church, 8 November 2013.
  • Professional Retreat, Mennonite College / University Archivists Network (MCAN), Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio, 10-11 October 2013.

EMU Service

  • Director, Master of Arts in Religion, 1995-
  • Director, Master of Arts in Church Leadership program, 2010-
  • University Archivist, 2005-
  • Centennial History Advisory Committee, 2011-
  • University Writing Committee, 2007-