Bible & Religion Dept

Faculty

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.

Christian Early
Professor

Christian Early, professor of philosophy & theology. Christian earned a PhD in philosophy from the University of Wales.

Nancy Heisey
Professor

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.

Andrea Saner
Assistant Professor of OT

Andrea’s research stands within and contributes to the broadly ecumenical movement, theological interpretation of scripture. Her work particularly focuses on testing and demonstrating the continuing significance of early Christian interpretation for modern reading. Andrea is currently writing the Exodus volume for the T&T Clark International Theological Commentary.

Carmen Schrock-Hurst
Instructor

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 (EMU grad 2018). They are also delighted grandparents of Jeremi and Simeon who live in Indonesia with their 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 grandsons in Indonesia, international travel, and walking on the beach.

Andrew Suderman
Instructor

Andrew Suderman is lecturer in Theology, Peace, and Mission. Although born in Canada, Andrew has spent many years living outside of Canada – a combined total of ten years in Latin America (Costa Rica, Bolivia, and Colombia) – before moving back to Canada. He received Undergraduate degrees in both Theology and Philosophy and received a Masters degree in Theology from Conrad Grebel University College.

Andrew has sought to maintain a balance between the academy and lived ministerial and practical experience in several different contexts. During his undergraduate studies in theology and philosophy Andrew worked with offenders and ex-offenders in both Provincial and Federal penitentiaries. While working on his Masters, Andrew supervised a 54-bed homeless shelter.

From 2009 – 2016, Andrew and his wife Karen served as Mennonite Church Canada Witness Workers in South Africa. They lived in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa and helped to coordinate the Anabaptist Network in South Africa (ANiSA).

Andrew has been working on a PhD in Theology at the University of KwaZulu Natal. He also serves as the Secretary of Mennonite World Conference’s Peace Commission.

Adjunct Faculty

Staff

Sheri Smucker
Office Coordinator

Sheri Smucker is the office coordinator for the Bible & Religion, History and Psychology Departments on the 3rd floor of Roselawn. Previously, she worked as an office assistant in the Undergraduate Education Department for 3 years. Sheri earned her BA in Elementary Education from Eastern University and her MLS from Kutztown University, both of which are in Pennsylvania. Sheri taught Elementary school for 12 years and was an Elementary Librarian for 16 years. She also was a Middle and High school Librarian for 2 years. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children, reading of all kinds, music of all kinds, nature and anything that is creative.

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