Ted Grimsrud

Ted Grimsrud

Office Phone: (540) 432-4464

Cell Phone: (540) 478-3624


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: RLN 303

Ted Grimsrud is Professor of Theology and Peace Studies. Prior to teaching at EMU beginning in 1996, he served 10 years as a pastor in Mennonite churches in Arizona, Oregon and South Dakota. He is especially interested in the connection between Christian theology and pacifism. He teaches classes in theology, peace studies, ethics, and the Bible. He is married to Kathleen Temple and is Elias’s and Marja’s grandfather. His latest book, published in November, 2014 by Cascade Books, is The Good War That Wasn’t—And Why It Matters: The Moral Legacy of World War II.. He blogs at thinkingpacifism.net. He has a website that gathers his writings at peacetheology.net.


Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union (1988)
M.A., Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (1983)
B.S., University of Oregon (1976)


Embodying Peace: Collected Pacifist Writings, Volume Four—Historical and Social Ethical Essays. Peace Theology Books, 2015.

The Good War That Wasn’t—And Why It Matters: The Moral Legacy of World War II. Cascade Books, 2014.

Arguing Peace: Collected Pacifist Writings, Volume Three—Biblical and Theological Essays. Peace Theology Books, 2014.

Instead of Atonement: The Bible’s Salvation Story and Our Hope for Wholeness. Cascade Books, 2013.

Proclaiming Peace: Collected Pacifist Writings, Volume Two—Sermons and Blog Posts. Peace Theology Books, 2013.

Writing Peace: Collected Pacifist Writings, Volume One—Short Articles. Peace Theology Books, 2012.

God’s Healing Strategy: An Introduction to the Main Themes of the Bible, revised edition. Cascadia Publishing House, 2011.

Compassionate Eschatology: The Future as Friend (co-edited with Michael Hardin) Cascade Books, 2011.

A Pacifist Way of Knowing: John Howard Yoder’s Nonviolent Epistemology. (co-edited with Christian Early) Cascade Books, 2010.

Theology as if Jesus Matters: An Introduction to Christianity’s Main Convictions. Cascadia Publishing House, 2009.

Reasoning Together: A Conversation on Homosexuality (co-authored with Mark Thiessen Nation) Herald Press, 2008.

Embodying the Way of Jesus: Anabaptist Convictions for the 21st Century. Wipf and Stock Publisher, 2007.

Transforming the Powers: Peace, Justice, and the Domination System (co-edited with Ray Gingerich). Fortress Press, 2006.

Peace and Justice Shall Embrace: Power and Theopolitics in the Bible (co-edited with Loren Johns). Cascadia Publishing House, 2000.

Triumph of the Lamb: A Self-Study Guide to the Book of Revelation. Herald Press, 1987.

Scholarly Articles
“Christian Pacifism and the ‘Good War.’” In Shawn Graves and Michael Pahl, eds. Exploring the Gospel of Peace. InterVarsity Press, forthcoming.

“Violence as a Theological Problem.” Transformation (Feb 16, 2015).

“Reflections from a Chagrined Yoderian in Face of His Alleged Sexual Violence.” In J. Denny Weaver, ed. John Howard Yoder: Radical Theologian Cascade Books, 2014.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

“Healing Justice,” Keynote address at the annual conference of the American chapter of Christians Against Torture, Pleasant Hill, Tennessee, June 28, 2015.

“The Old Testament as a Peace Book” and “The New Testament as a Peace Book.” Carol Grizzard Browning Lectures. University of Pikeville. November 11-12, 2013.

“A Biblical Theology for a Welcoming Church.” First Mennonite Church, Canton, Ohio. March 24, 2013. Expanded version: (Part one.) (Part two.) (Part three.)

Church, Community and Professional Service

Sermons on Romans, Shalom Mennonite Congregation, September 2014 – June 2015.

“A Pacifist Reading of Revelation” A series of 18 sermons at Shalom Mennonite Congregation. September 2011 – November 2013.

“Why we pay attention to Jesus.” A series of 14 sermons at Shalom Mennonite Congregation. September 2009 – May 2011.

“Theology as if Jesus matters.” A series of 13 sermons at Shalom Mennonite Congregation. September 2006 – February 2008.

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Religion

Anabaptist-Mennonite Scholars Network

Professional Conferences Attended

Rooted and Grounded conference, Anabaptist Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, IN. September 2014.

American Academy of Religion annual meetings, Baltimore, November 2013.

War and Peace as Liberal Arts, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA. March, 2013.

American Academy of Religion annual meetings, Chicago, November 2012.

EMU Service

Member of committee to revise academic freedom policy, Eastern Mennonite University, 2015-16 school year.

Member of the Faculty Scholarship Committee, 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years.

Member of the Institution Research Board, 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years.

Acting chair, Bible and Religion Department, 2013-14 school year.

Coordinator for visit of Peter Rollins to EMU, September 2013.