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David Evans


POSITION: Assoc Prof-History and Mission

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | SB 228

PHONE: (540) 432-4265

EMAIL: david.evans@emu.edu

David Evans is Associate Professor of history and intercultural studies and the director of Cross Cultural Programs at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. His teaching and research focus on the braided identity categories of race, religion, and nation. He is the co-editor of the soon to be released book Between the World of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Christianity. In concert with his teaching and scholarship, David practices a local “eco-lutionary” lifestyle that promotes a sustainable future for the diverse people of the Shenandoah Valley Watershed.

David has worked in various ministry contexts: While living in Washington, DC, David was the Junior/Senior High Director of an out-of-school time program on Capitol Hill. Later he served as Community Development Resource coordinator with MCC East Coast. He was also co-pastor of Boonton United Methodist Church in New Jersey.


BA, Spring Arbor College
MTS, Wesley Theological Seminary
MPH, Drew University
PHD, Drew University Graduate Division of Religion


Between the World of Coates and Christianity. ed. David Evans and Peter Dula. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock

“The American Nightmare and the Gospel of Plunder.” in Between the World of Coates and Christianity ed. David Evans and Peter Dula. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock,

"A Principled Pedagogy for Religious Educators.” Religious Education 112, no. 1 (2017): 7-18.

“Let Them Listen: White Christians Need to Make an Investment in Learning about Racism.” Bearings Online. September 7, 2017

“Tearing Down Racism: Why Confederate History Should be Remembered but Never Revered.” Bearings Online. June 28, 2017

“Clap In or Clap Back? Solidarity as Spiritual Discipline for the New Civil Rights Movement.” Bearings Online. April 20, 2017

"To Rid the Italian Soul of One Dark Blot: Recognising Race in White Christian Religion.” Journal of Religious History 39, no. 3 (2015): 370-385.

“The Racial Context of Christian Churches in the United States.” Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil ed. James Ellis Macon, Georgia: Smith & Helwys, 2015.

“Precious Blackness and the Politics of Distraction.” Bearings Online. August 28, 2014,

“Who Are You?: A review of Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora,” The Revealer. Apr 30, 2013.

“Book Review: The Accidental Slave Owner” Methodist History, Methodist History, 51:1 & 2 (October 2012 & January 2013): 173-75.

“A Moratorium on Missions?” The Mennonite (Online). May 31, 2013 accessed September 22, 2013 

“Regenerating the Italian Race: The Italian Mission and the Americanization of Italian History.” Methodist History 49, no. 3 (April 2011): 132-46.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

“Power to the People: The Power of Black Coalition Building.” Minority Ministries Council Conference. Goshen, IN. March 31, 2017

“Rebirth of a White Nation.” School for Leadership Training. Eastern Mennonite Seminary, January 17-18, 2017.

“Cultural Mapping.” Campus Advisor Training. Eastern Mennonite University, August, 2017.

“Reflections on Searching for Zion” Eastern Mennonite University, January 26, 2016.

“The Future of Christianity in America: Fresh Voices.” January 13-15, 2015. Virginia Conference of the UMC, Convocation. Blackstone, VA.

“Crisis in White Leadership” Honors History, Eastern Mennonite University, November 11, 2015.

“Empathy and the White Mind.” Trauma Healing Course, EMU Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, September 24, 2015.

“Finding Christ in a ‘Colorblind Society.’” Ethics in the way of Jesus Course, Eastern Mennonite University, October 22, 2014.

Session Chair/Commentator, “An Individuals Impact: Ideas, Inventions, Identities” Eastern American Studies Association, Eastern Mennonite University March 23, 2013