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Sarah Bixler

DEPARTMENT: Seminary

POSITION: Instructor

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | SB 223

PHONE: (540) 432-4264

EMAIL: sarah.bixler@emu.edu

Sarah Ann Bixler teaches at Eastern Mennonite Seminary while completing her PhD in practical theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, with an emphasis on Christian education and formation. Her dissertation, advised by Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean, explores adolescent belonging in Mennonite congregations and engages ideas from attachment theory and spiritual friendship. While at Princeton Seminary, Sarah worked in administrative roles with Princeton's Center for Church Planting and Revitalization and the Iron Sharpening Iron: Leadership Education for Women Clergy project. Sarah is deeply committed to both robust scholarship and the ongoing formation of faith communities, and she has 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, administrator and youth minister for Virginia Mennonite Conference, EMU residence director, Herald Press curriculum writer, and founding member of Eastside Church in Harrisonburg. Sarah and her spouse, Benjamin Bixler, enjoy parenting their three school-aged children. 

Education

BA, Eastern Mennonite University (English)
MDIV, Princeton Theological Seminary

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