POSITION: Assistant Professor of Formation & Practical Theology; Associate Dean - Seminary
School of Theology, Humanities and Performing Arts
LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | SB 134
PHONE: (540) 432-4264
Rev. Dr. Sarah Ann Bixler teaches courses in formation and practical theology at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, and youth 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. While at Princeton, she worked in administrative roles to launch the Center for Church Planting and Revitalization and Iron Sharpening Iron: Leadership Education for Women Clergy project. Dr. Bixler is currently working on a book drawn from her dissertation, advised by Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean, utilizing attachment theory to understand and respond to the paradox of adolescent happiness without belonging in religious communities.
With more than a decade of ministry and teaching experience, Dr. Bixler is deeply committed to both robust scholarship and the ongoing formation of faith communities. 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 currently serves in Virginia Mennonite Conference and Mennonite Church USA leadership roles. She and her spouse, Benjamin Bixler, enjoy parenting their three school-aged children, are stewarding the historic Lincoln Homestead as their home in Linville, VA and are active members of Park View Mennonite Church.
BA, Eastern Mennonite University (English)
MDIV, Princeton Theological Seminary (Dvinity)
PHD, Princeton Theological Seminary (Practical Theology/Christian Education)