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Nancy Heisey

DEPARTMENT: Bible & Religion Dept

POSITION: Professor


POSITION: Associate Dean

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | RLN 302

PHONE: (540) 432-4050


Nancy has worked as a teacher and an administrator first at Mennonite Central Committee and since 1999 at EMU. Her lifelong professional and churchly involvement with Mennonites and Brethren in Christ around the world, and her research interests in early Christianity, shape her reading and research into approaches to biblical interpretation. She enjoys singing, listening to birds, and long slow walks.


B.A., Messiah College
M.Div., Eastern Mennonite University
M.A., Temple University
Ph.D., Temple University


“Introduction: Growing into service.” In Re-Envisioning Service: The geography of our Faith. Edited by Ray C. Gingerich and Pat Hostetter Martin. Telford, PA: Cascadia, 2016, 17-19.

“Walking in conflict and reconciliation: Peace Commission.” Proceedings of Mennonite World Conference Assembly 16. Mennonite World Conference, 2017: 78-93.

With M.J. Heisey. Relief Work as Pilgrimage: “Mademoiselle Miss Elsie” in Southern France, 1945-1948. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015.

“En marche dans le conflit et la réconciliation.” In Christ Seul. May 2015 (No. 1054), 6-7.

“Brethren in Christ Engagement with Mennonite World Conference.” In Brethren in Christ History and Life (April 2015), 38/1, 3-12.

“Peace and Scripture: Mennonite Perspectives from the Global South.” In Struggles for Shalom: Peace and Violence Across the Testaments. Ed Laura L. Brenneman and Brad D. Schantz. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2014, 291-303.

“Remembering Dirk Willems: Memory and History in the Future of Ecumenical Relationships.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies. Vol. 47/3 (Summer 2012), 355-375.

“Shaped by Travel: MCC and Mennonite Mobility.” In A Table of Sharing: Mennonite Central Committee and the Expanding Networks of Mennonite Identity. Ed. Alain Epp Weaver. Telford, PA: Cascadia, (2011), 167-191.

“Paul on Idolatry: Finding Fruitful Fellowship.” In Vision (Spring 2011), 30-37.

“The Place of Prayer: Origen’s On Prayer as Map and Territory.” Christian Scholar’s Review (Fall 2007), 11-24.

“Pilgrimage, Place, and People: A History of the Locations of Mennonite World Conference Assemblies, 1925-2003. Church History 75:4 (December 2006), 849-879.

Origen the Egyptian: A Literary and Historical Consideration of the Egyptian Background in Origen’s Writings on Martyrdom. Nairobi: Paulines Publications Africa, 2000.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

“Apostolicity as intersectionality: Laudatio Barnabae apostoli and the autocephaly of Cyprus.” Paper presented at North American Patristics Society. May 2017

“A theology of Anabaptist leadership.” Joint presentation with David Miller and Gilberto Perez, Jr. at Leading into the Common Good conference. April 2016.

“Children of Light.” Plenary presentation, Mennonite World Conference assembly, Harrisburg, PA. July 2015.

“(How much) does Mennonite World Conference unify all Anabaptists? Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society annual banquet. April 11, 2015.

“The questionable past and the Brethren in Christ.” Lecture at Messiah College, sponsored by the Sider Institute. October 28, 2014.