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“In my teaching of church history, I am called to pay special attention to God’s initiative and to human response across the centuries. My invitation to students is to engage in critical analysis and to bring considered commitment and worshipful wonder into their reflection on the incarnate Word, the embodied Spirit, and the renewed church.”
- 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, IN, 1989.
- B.A., Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY, 1984.
- A.A., Jefferson Community College, Louisville, KY, 1982.
- “‘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, Or.: Wipf and Stock, 2012.
- “Refracted through Anabaptist Lenses: Doctrine, Piety, Nonconformity, and Mission,” Brethren in Christ History and Life 33.2 (August 2010): 372-392.
- “Introduction,” and co-editor with Carol Scheppard. Exiles in the Empire: Believers Church Perspectives on Politics. Vol. 5, Studies in the Believers Church Tradition. Kitchener, Ont.: Pandora Press, 2006.
- “Mennonite Scholars and Mennonite Fundamentalism.” Journal of Mennonite Studies 23 (2005): 111-22.
- “Mennonite Fundamentalism: Shaping An Identity For An American Context.” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Notre Dame, 1999.
- “None Can Stop the Spirit,” plenary workshop, School for Leadership Training: “The Work of the Spirit: Pentecost Remixed.” Eastern Mennonite Seminary, 18 January 2011. Stories which set the context for the Pentecostal and Charismatic traditions in the larger Wesleyan and Holiness streams with attention to how Anabaptist related groups have interacted with these themes and values.
- Martin Schrag Lectures — 2010: “The Anabaptist Vision and the Encounter with Evangelicalism and the Academy,” and “Anabaptism and Evangelicalism: Visions of Conversion and Discipleship.” Annual lectures sponsored by the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan Studies, Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania, 22-23 March 2010.
- “The Meaning of being Conservative Amish Mennonite.” Address to the Adirondack Mennonite Heritage Association and Historical Society,” Croghan, New York, 18 October 2008
- “Looking Back,” keynote address, Evangelical Anabaptist Symposium 2007 – Knowing Christ: Renewing an Evangelical Foundation, Rosedale Bible College, Irwin, Ohio, 15 November 2007.
- “The History of Preaching in the Conservative Mennonite Conference,” workshop at the Ministers Fellowship, Conservative Mennonite Conference, Hicksville Mennonite Church, Hicksville, Ohio, 2008 February 20.
- “The Eastern Mennonite School as Experienced by one of her First Graduates [Mary Nafziger],” presentation to Faculty Luncheon, Eastern Mennonite University, 25 March 2008.
- “Bill Gothard’s Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts and The Conservative Mennonite Conference: Evangelical Teaching for Traditionalist Families in Transition,” paper presented at the Conference on Mennonites, Family, and Sexuality in Historical Perspective, Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ont., 12 October 2007.
- “The Conservative Amish Mennonite Conference: A Case Study in Appropriating an Amish Heritage.” Paper presented at The Amish in America: New Identities & Diversities – An International Conference, The Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, 9 June 2007.
- “Mennonite History and Culture,” presentation to Virginia Commonwealth University Road Scholars, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 16 June 2011.
- “Constantine and Constantinianism,” lecture to joint classes of Instituto Bíblico Anabautista, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, 6 June 2011.
- “What Have You Received? (1 Corinthians 11: 23-26),” sermon at ordination service for Joe Furry, Weavers Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, Va., 18 April 2010.
- “Divinely Directed Cross-Cultural Travel (Acts 8:26-40),” meditation at commissioning service, LEAP 365, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 13 July 2009.
- “Knowing Who Knows (Psalm 139).” Baccalaureate address, Eastern Mennonite High School, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 31 May 2008.
- “Sources of Our Common Faith.” Panel participant, conference on Bridging Divides: Uniting The Church For Peacemaking, hosted by the Anabaptist Peace Center, Washington, DC, 11 April 2008.
- “Looking Forward.” Concluding sermon, Evangelical Anabaptist Symposium 2007 – Knowing Christ: Renewing an Evangelical Foundation, Rosedale Bible College, Irwin, Ohio, 17 November 2007.
- Board of Directors. Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 1999-2005, 2010-present. Secretary, 1999-2000; Program Development Coordinator, 2001-2003; Vice-President, 2003-2005; Chair, Program Committee, 2003-2005; task force to update vision statement, 2010-2011; search committee for new director, 2011.
- Historical Committee of the Mennonite Church and Mennonite Church USA, 1995-2003; chair, 2000-2003.
- Pastor, Dayton (Virginia) Mennonite Church, 1993-1999.
- Ordained minister, Virginia Mennonite Conference.
- American Society of Church History
- American Historical Association
- Conference on Faith and History
- Respondent to session on “Peoplehood and/or Ethnicity in the Global Mennonite Story,” conference on Mirror on the Globalization of Mennonite Witness / The 2011 Shenk Mission Lectureship, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana, 27-29 October 2011.
- Association of Theological Schools, Roundtable Seminar for Mid-Career Faculty, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 12-14 March 2010.
- Archivist, 2005-
- University Centennial Planning Task Force, 2008-
- Centennial History Advisory Committee, 2011-
- University Writing Committee, 2007-
- Search Committee, Seminary Dean and Vice President, 2009-2010
- University Faculty Senate, 2008-2012.