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 visiting with her three granddaughters.


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


“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

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

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

“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).

“Just Praying.” Sermon at Lakeview Mennonite congregation, Susquehanna, PA (October 2013).

“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)

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).

“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)

EMU Service

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.

Guest presentations in Honors Worldview Seminar class: “The quests for the historical Jesus—Reza Aslan and Geza Vermes;” Honors Capstone: “The historical Jesus—Reza Aslan, Daniel Boyarin, canonical and other gospels;” Ethics in the Way of Jesus: “Singleness and marriage throughout life stages.”

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