Bible & Religion Dept


Peter Dula
Department Chair and Associate Professor

Peter Dula is Associate Professor of Religion and Culture. He received a Ph.D from Duke University in theology and ethics in 2004. He is the author of Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology (Oxford, 2011). Before coming to EMU in 2006 he was the Mennonite Central Committee Iraq Program Coordinator. He has taught at Lancaster Mennonite High School and at the Meserete Kristos College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he was a Fulbright scholar in 2001-2. He has received several grants and fellowships including, most recently, the Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant for Researchers.

Ajdunct Faculty
Christian Early

Christian Early, professor of philosophy & theology. Christian earned a PhD in philosophy from the University of Wales and he specializes in philosophy of religion and ethics.

Ted Grimsrud

Ted Grimsrud is Professor of Theology and Peace Studies. Prior to teaching at EMU beginning in 1996, he served 10 years as a pastor in Mennonite churches in Arizona, Oregon and South Dakota. He is especially interested in the connection between Christian theology and pacifism. He teaches classes in theology, peace studies, ethics, and the Bible. He is married to Kathleen Temple and is Elias’s and Marja’s grandfather. His latest book, published in November, 2014 by Cascade Books, is The Good War That Wasn’t—And Why It Matters: The Moral Legacy of World War II.. He blogs at He has a website that gathers his writings at

Nancy Heisey

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, crocheting, listening to birds, and walking.

Andrea Saner
Assistant Professor of OT

Through her research, Andrea strives to offer the church resources for reading the Old Testament in ways that take seriously trinitarian theological concerns without anachronistically imposing these concerns on the ancient text, and that honor Jewish readers and others who read the same texts well within their own interpretive traditions. Before coming to EMU in 2013, Andrea completed a Ph.D. in Old Testament at Durham University in England. Her dissertation, entitled “YHWH, the Trinity, and the Literal Sense: Theological interpretation of Exodus 3:13-15,” explores the relationship between translation and interpretive traditions in the Christian church, and between the name of God, the nature of God, and God’s acts.

Carmen Schrock-Hurst

Carmen is an ordained Mennonite minister in VA Mennonite Conference and has served as a Mennonite pastor for over twelve years, in Harrisonburg, VA; Richmond, VA; and Pittsburgh, PA. She and her husband Luke also lived and worked for three years in Honduras (1985-1988) and three years in the Philippines (2002-2005) with Mennonite Central Committee. While in the Philippines she served as assistant chaplain for the students and faculty at Faith Academy, the largest school for children of missionary families in the world. She and Luke are the grateful parents of Grace (EMU grad of 2008), Lucas (EMU grad 2010) and Caleb (a sophomore at Hesston College in Kansas). They are also delighted grandparents of their first grandchild, Jeremi, who lives in Indonesia with his parents Grace and Yugo.

Carmen received a M.A. in Theology with a concentration in Christian Spirituality from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries in 1996 and a B.A. in social work from EMU in 1981.

Carmen has been teaching at EMU since the fall of 2011. Prior to that she directed the volunteer program of the local hospice, where she learned about the spirituality of end-of-life issues, and of grief and loss. In addition to being a pastor Carmen has worked for Sojourners magazine, directed a homeless shelter, led local and international retreats, served on the board of Pittsburgh’s PULSE program (a young adult service and learning opportunity) and on the board of Roberta Webb Child Care Center in Harrisonburg.

At EMU Carmen teaches courses in Spiritual Formation, Congregational Ministry, Church Leadership, and Youth Ministry as well as directs the Ministry Inquiry Program. A gifted preacher and public speaker Carmen has shared in local chapel services, congregations and church assemblies.

Carmen enjoys finding God in the ordinary miracles of our every day lives, sharing the gift of hospitality, reading, listening to her sons play music, Skyping with her daughter, son-in-law and grandson in Indonesia, international travel, and walking on the beach.

Adjunct Faculty


Joan Chamberlain
Office Coordinator

Joan Chamberlain is the Office Coordinator for Roselawn Academic Building, third floor, where the departments of Bible & Religion, History and Psychology are located. She came to Eastern Mennonite University in 2007 after serving as Office Manager in a local business. Prior to coming to the Shenandoah Valley, Joan taught and coached at Barrington College (RI) and Messiah College (PA) and coached at Eastern Mennonite High School. Joan enjoys spending time with her extended family, bicycling, sailing and agility with her dog Bailey.

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