DEPARTMENT: Bible & Religion Dept
POSITION: Assistant Professor
POSITION: Assistant Professor
LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | RLN 303
PHONE: (540) 432-4464
Andrew Suderman is Assistant Professor in Theology, Peace, and Mission. Although born in Canada, Andrew has spent many years living outside of Canada – a combined total of ten years in Latin America (Costa Rica, Bolivia, and Colombia) – before moving back to Canada. He received Undergraduate degrees in both Theology and Philosophy and received a Masters degree in Theology from Conrad Grebel University College.
Andrew has sought to maintain a balance between the academy and lived ministerial and practical experience in several different contexts. During his undergraduate studies in theology and philosophy Andrew worked with offenders and ex-offenders in both Provincial and Federal penitentiaries. While working on his Masters, Andrew supervised a 54-bed homeless shelter.
From 2009 – 2016, Andrew and his wife Karen served as Mennonite Church Canada Witness Workers in South Africa. They lived in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa and helped to coordinate the Anabaptist Network in South Africa (ANiSA).
Andrew completed a PhD in Theology at the University of KwaZulu Natal in 2017. He also serves as the Secretary of Mennonite World Conference’s Peace Commission.
PHD, University of Kwazulu-Natal
THB, Canadian Mennonite Bible College
BA, Canadian Mennonite University
MTS, Conrad Grebel University College
Robert J. Suderman, Re-Imagining Church: Implications of being a People in the World, ed. by Andrew G. Suderman (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2016).
“‘Who’ll be a witness for my Lord?’ Exploring the Power to be a Witness,” Anabaptist Witness, vol. 4, no. 1 (April 2017).
“‘Who’ll be a witness for my Lord?’ Witnessing as an Ecclesiological and Missiological paradigm,” Missionalia: Southern African Journal of Missiology, vol. 44, no. 1 (2016).
“Mennonite Experience in South Africa: An Alternative Imagination,” Mennonite Quarterly Review, vol. 89 (April 2015).
“Overcoming Modernity’s Individualism: Becoming a Community of Peace in the face of Violence,” Verbum et Ecclesia, vol. 32 (2), Art. #507, Nov. 2011.
“John Howard Yoder: Naysayer or Alternative Yes Man? A Response to James Brenneman’s New ‘School of Thought’,” Conrad Grebel Review, vol. 29, no. 2 (Spring 2011).
Publications that Engage the Church
A. Opinion articles
“Journeying Towards Reconciliation,” Canadian Mennonite, vol. 19, no. 12 (June 3, 2015).
“Remembering Mandela,” Canadian Mennonite, vol. 19, no. 1 (January 5, 2015).
“Challenging overt violence; exposing covert violence: understanding biblical peace,” ANiSA ezine (July 16, 2013).
“Redefining Faith,” Sojourners God’s Politic blog (May 10, 2013).
“‘Gelassenheit’: Radical self-surrender,” Mennonite World Review, the World Together blog (May 3, 2013).
“The Political Subversion of the Cross,” Sojourners God’s Politic blog (April 4, 2013).
“Jesus—the one who shakes foundations,” Sojourners God’s Politic blog (March 22, 2013).
“The Alternative Method of God,” Canadian Mennonite, vol. 15, no. 20 (October 17, 2011).
“Is Reconciliation ‘realistic’ in a divided world?” _Ekklesia_—UK religious think tank (March 22, 2011).
B. Informational articles
“An Unlikely Friendship: the story of Mzwandile and Cobus,” Canadian Mennonite, vol. 17, no. 11 (May 27, 2013).
“South Africa BICC celebrates joining conference,” Canadian Mennonite (January 26, 2012).
“Challenging the Politics of Empire,” Canadian Mennonite, vol. 15, no. 14 (July 11, 2011).
“Sharing the good news of hope, peace, and justice in South Africa,” Canadian Mennonite, vol. 15, no. 5 (March 7, 2011).
“MCC Ontario: The Beginning,” article written for the Mennonite Heritage Portrait, 2009.
“The Detweiler Meetinghouse: Its History and Uses,” article written for the Mennonite Heritage Portrait, 2009.
“Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support,” article written for the Mennonite Heritage Portrait, 2009.
“Believers Church and the (counter) political: the promise of Anabaptist ecclesiology in the South African context.” Paper presented at Believers Church Conference at Goshen College, 14-16, 2017.
“Today’s Anabaptist COs in our Global Body.” Presentation at the Mennonite Church USA Convention, 5 July, 2017.
“Which Peace? Whose Rationality? The Challenge of pursuing peace in the South African context.” Paper presented at the Global Mennonite Peacebuilding Conference and Festival, Conrad Grebel University College, 9-12 June, 2016.
“Journeying Towards Reconciliation: Reflections from a post-TRC South Africa.” Paper presented at the Centre for Peace Advancement at Conrad Grebel University College, 26 February, 2015.
“The Insidious Nature of Power: Lessons from South Africa.” Paper presented at the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre at the Toronto School of Theology, 13 January, 2015.
“When the Pursuit of Peace causes conflict.” Paper presented at the Centre for Peace Advancement at Conrad Grebel University College, 12 January, 2015.
“‘Who’ll be a witness for my Lord?’ Witnessing as an ecclesiological and missiological paradigm.” Paper presented at the South African Missiological Society Conference, March 2014.
“Third Way theology, Prophetic theology, and Anabaptism: a comparative study.” Paper presented at the Anabaptist Network in South Africa theology conference in Hermanus, South Africa, October 2013.
“Third Way Theology: Comparing South Africa’s ‘third way theology’ with the Anabaptist third way.” Paper presented at the Transforming Traditions Colloquium in Stellenbosch, South Africa, September 2013.
“War and Peace in the Old Testament.” Lecture given at Union Bible Institute, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, August 28, 2013.
“The Church as response to Empire: An Anabaptist Perspective.” Paper presented at the South African Missiological Society Conference at the University of South Africa in Pretoria, South Africa, January 2012.
“Overcoming Modernity’s Individualism: Becoming a Community of Peace in the face of Violence.” Paper presented at the Violence in the Democratic South Africa: A Challenge to the Church and its theology conference held at the University of Pretoria in Pretoria, South Africa, August 2010.