Brian Gumm

Brian Gumm

Office Phone: (540) 432-4967

Cell Phone: (641) 481-1980


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: n/a

Office Hours: Tues-Fri, 8a-5p

Online Ed. Design Specialist

Graduate Dean

“As a minister and online education design specialist, I seek to faithfully and critically integrate technology and social media into the service of EMU’s mission to educate students to serve and lead in a global context.”

Brian telecommutes for EMU from rural Iowa, helping train and support faculty who are teaching online or blended courses, and with academic program directors seeking to further their engagement in online or blended education. In addition to his work for EMU, Brian operates a small specialty coffee roasting business and is helping plant a church in his local community.

Brian is a graduate of EMU’s Seminary (MDiv ’12) and Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (MA ’11), and is an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren (Northern Plains District).

Brian blogs about his work at the Ed-Tech at EMU blog and tweets at @OnlineEd_EMU.


  • M.Div, Eastern Mennonite Seminary (2012)
  • M.A., Conflict Transformation, Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (2011)
  • B.A.(cum laude), English, Simpson College (2007)
  • A.A., Computer Information Systems, Washburn University (2000)

Other Presentations

Church, Community and Professional Service

  • District minister of communication & leadership development – Northern Plains district, Church of the Brethren (2014-present)
  • Community ministry – periodic preaching at local UMC congregations and and elder care facility – Toledo, IA (2013-present)
  • Seminary intern, The Table (MCUSA) – Harrisonburg, VA (2009-10)
  • Associate interim pastor, Ankeny Church of the Brethren – Ankeny, IA (2007)
  • Volunteer, Iowa Dept. of Correctional Services (2006-’08)
  • Worship music leader, Ankeny Presbyterian Church – Ankeny, IA (2005-’08)
  • Church camp counselor, Camp Pine Lake – Eldora, IA (2003-’05)

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • Scholarly Achievement Award for excellence in Theological Studies with a focus on Peacebuilding – Eastern Mennonite Seminary, April, 2012
  • John Horsch Mennonite History Research Contest, 2010 – Third place for Brethren Beliefs and Practices: A Theological Notebook
  • Iowa Governor’s Volunteer Award, 2008
  • Sigma Tau Delta – International English Honors Society, 2008

Certifications and Licenses

  • Ordained minister, Church of the Brethren

New Courses Taught

  • “Restorative Justice: Theory and Practice” – Grinnell College; Grinnell, Iowa; February 2014
  • “Intro to Conflict Transformation” – Meserete Kristos College; Debre Zeit, Ethiopia; July 2011