POSITION: Assistant Professor and Associate Seminary Dean
LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | SB 223
PHONE: (540) 432-4264
Rev. Dr. Sarah Ann Bixler teaches courses in formation and practical theology at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, and courses in youth ministry and congregational ministry in EMU's undergraduate Bible, Religion and Theology program. She holds a PhD in practical theology from Princeton Theological Seminary with an emphasis on Christian education and formation. Her dissertation, advised by Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean, explored adolescent belonging in Mennonite congregations through the perspectives of attachment theory and spiritual friendship. While at Princeton Seminary, she worked in administrative roles with Princeton's Center for Church Planting and Revitalization and the Iron Sharpening Iron: Leadership Education for Women Clergy project.
She is deeply committed to both robust scholarship and the ongoing formation of faith communities, with more than a decade of ministry and teaching experience. Her background includes work as a youth minister at Zion Mennonite Church (Broadway, VA), teacher at Eastern Mennonite Middle School and administrator and youth minister for Virginia Mennonite Conference, and she serves in Virginia Mennonite Conference and Mennonite Church USA roles. She and her spouse, Benjamin Bixler, enjoy parenting their three school-aged children, are stewarding the historic Lincoln Homestead in Linville, VA and are active members of Park View Mennonite Church.
BA, Eastern Mennonite University (English)
MDIV, Princeton Theological Seminary
PHD, Princeton Theological Seminary (Practical Theology/Christian Education)