Office: (219) 535-7433
Associate Professor of History:
Director of the Mennonite
Editor, The Mennonite Quarterly Review, 1994-present
Assistant Professor of History:
Dissertation research in
Instructor: Seminar on German Paleography, University of
Endowment – Project Director for four year research project on “Amish and Old
Order Groups in
– Project Director for conference on “Mennonites and the Family,”
Endowment – Project Director for conference on “Mennonites and Conflict,”
“Mennonite Periodicals Preservation Project,” Project Director – $60,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1990-1993) and $10,000 from the Schowalter Foundation for preservation microfilming.
“Marc Perry Galler” prize: Best dissertation in the Social Science Division, University of Chicago, 1989-90.
A Companion to Anabaptism And Spiritualism,
1521-1700, ed. John D. Roth and James
Mennonites Came to Be (
“Forgiveness and the Healing of Memories: The Ecumenics of Reconciliation from an Anabaptist- Mennonite Perspective,” Journal of Ecumenical Studies (forthcoming)
“Polls Apart: Why Believers Might
Conscientiously Abstain from Voting,” in Nathan E. Yoder and Carol A.
Scheppard, ed. Exiles in the Empire:
“Challenges of ‘Crosscultural’ Communication: A Response to C. Norman Kraus,” DreamSeeker (January, 2006), 28-31.
to Gerald Biesecker-Mast, Separation and
the Sword in Anabaptist Persuasion (
Mennonite Faith and Faith (
“Can we be a people who speak about what we have seen and heard?” and “A time to speak boldly; a time to keep silent,” essays in mPress, July 5, 2005, p. 3 and July 9, 2005, p. 2.
We Address Government?” MC-USA General Convention,
“Called to One Peace: Christian Faith and Political Witness in a Divided Culture,” Mennonite Life on-line journal (July, 2005); with a response to respondents.
“A Deep Pastoral Concern [On Speaking to
Government],” The Mennonite (
“Past Due: Not a New Dilemma for Anabaptists,” The Marketplace (Sept.-Oct., 2005), 18-19.
“Give and Take: Thoughts on a Healthy Mennonite
ecumenism,” The Mennonite (
“’Be Not Conformed’: Why Have American Anabaptists Lived in Protest Against the Modern World?” Christian History 84 (Fall, 2004), 31-33.
“Scanning, Sifting, Nudging and Nurturing: Editing an Academic Journal,” Anabaptist-Mennonite Scholars Network Newsletter 6:2 (Fall, 2003), 2-3.
“On the Rise
(and Demise?) of Mennonite Institutions,” The
Will Schirmer, Reaching Beyond the
Mennonite Comfort Zone (
Choosing Against War: A Christian View (Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 2002).
Witnesses to Hope: Student Reflections on Hope at
the Beginning of the 21st Century, John D. Roth, ed. (
of Confessionalization: Hans Landis and the Debate over Religious Toleration in
“Recent Currents in the Historiography of the Radical Reformation,” Church History 71 (September, 2002), 523-535.
“A Historical and Theological Context for Mennonite-Lutheran Dialogue,” MQR 76 (July, 2002), 263-276.
Letters of the Amish Division: A Sourcebook, trans. and ed. by John D. Roth. 2nd edition (Goshen, IN: Mennonite Historical Society, 1993, 2002).
“Pietismus und Täufertum – ein schwieriges Verhältnis,” Mennonitische Geschichtsblätter 58 (2002), 71-94
on a Tragedy,” The Mennonite (
John D. Roth, ed. Engaging Anabaptism: Conversations with a Radical Tradition (Scottdale, PA: Mennonite Publishing House, 2001).
“Michael Sattler,” Encyclopedia of Protestantism (New York: Routledge, forthcoming).
‘Without Spot or Wrinkle’ in Anabaptist Experience,” in: Karl Koop and Mary
Schertz, eds. Without Spot or Wrinkle:
Reflecting Theologically on the Nature of the Church (
Oyer, John S.
“They Harry the Good People Out of the
Land”: Essays on the Persecution, Survival and Flourishing of Anabaptists and
Mennonites, ed. by John D. Roth (
“Living from the Center in a Fragmented Culture,” Our Faith (Winter, 2000), 6-7.
“The Rites and
Rights of Voting: Reflections on a Presidential Campaign,” The Mennonite (
“What Families Should Value,” Christian Living (June 2000), 4-7.
“Context, Conflict and Community: South German Mennonites at the Threshold of Modernity, 1750-1850,” in: Gerald and Sue Biesecker-Mast, eds. Anabaptists and Postmodernity, (Pandora Press, 2000), 122-146.
“Pietism and the Anabaptist Soul,” Pietismus und Neuzeit: Ein Jahrbuch zur Geschichte des neueren Protestantismus 25 (1999), 182-202.
“Harmonizing the Scriptures: Swiss Brethren understandings of the relationship between the Old Testament and the New Testament during the last half of the sixteenth century,” in Werner O. Packull and Geoffrey L. Dipple, eds. Radical Reformation Studies: Essays Presented to James M. Stayer (Brookfield, VT: Ashgate Publishing Co., 1999).
“’Even So, Come, Lord Jesus’: A Review of Recent Literature on the Millennium,” Christian Living (December, 1999), 4-8.
“Anabaptist Missions and the Critique of Christendom,” in David W. Shenk and Linford Stuztman, eds. Practicing Truth: Confident Witness in Our Pluralistic World (Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1999), 82-101.
“Do Denominations Matter? The Relevance of Anabaptism to Contemporary Christianity,” Brethren in Christ History and Life 22 (August, 1999), 221-233.
“Binding and Loosing: Why the Mennonite Church does not regard same-sex marriages as a Christian option,” The Mennonite (January 19, 1999), 4-6; [part II], The Mennonite (January 26, 1999), 5-8.
Migrant Muses: Mennonite/s Writing in the
Among the Swiss Brethren, 1550-1750,” in: Willard M. Swartley and Donald B.
Breath of Life: Mennonite Integration
Moves Ahead in
“Pietism and the Anabaptist Soul,” in: Stephen L. Longenecker, ed. The Dilemma of Anabaptist Piety (Bridgewater, VA: Forum for Religious Studies, 1997), 17-34.
“The Relevance of Menno Simons for Evangelical Christians,” Mennonite Historical Bulletin (January, 1997), 1-6.
“The Mennonites’ Dirty Little Secret: What Today’s Christians can learn from how Menno Simons rescued the Anabaptist movement,” Christianity Today (October 7, 1996), 44-48.
“Revival Fires and an Anabaptist Pilgrimage,” in: Ted Koontz, ed. Godward: Personal Stories of Grace (Scottdale, Pa.: Mennonite Publishing House, 1996); also published as “Gnade, Feuer der Erweckung und eine mennonitische Pilgerreise,” in Er macht Wege frei: das habe ich mit Gott erlebt (Lahr: Verlag der Liebenzeller Mission, 1997), 36-46.
Articles in the Encyclopedia of the Reformation (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995) on “Christian Entfelder,” “Hans Hottinger,” “Valentin Weigel,” and “Nikolsburg”.
Refocusing a Vision: Shaping Anabaptist Character in the 21st Century, John D. Roth, editor (Goshen, Ind.: Mennonite Historical Society, 1995).
voor homoseksualiteit overdreven,” Algemeene
Doopsgezinde Weekblad (
“Christian Peacemaking in the Culture Wars,” Gospel Herald (March 18, 1995), 1-4.
“Community as Conversation: A New Model of Anabaptist Hermeneutics,” in: H. Wayne Pipkin, ed. Essays in Anabaptist Theology (Elkhart, Ind.: AMBS Text-Reader Series, 1994), 35-50.
Project Manager of: Susan Fisher Miller, Culture For Service: A History of
“Common Origins of Mennonites and Amish to 1693,” in: V. Gordon Oyer, ed. Tradition and Transition: An Amish Mennonite Heritage of Obedience (Metamora, Ill.: Illinois Mennonite Historical Society, 1993), 9-24.
Letters of the Amish Division (translator and editor).
“The Amish as a People of History,”
“The Significance of the Martyr Story for Contemporary Anabaptists,” Brethren Life and Thought (Spring, 1992):97-106.
“Foreword,” Anabaptist and Mennonite Spiritual Writings, Craig Haas, ed. (Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 1992)
the 90s: The Search for Mennonite Identity,” Gospel Herald (
“From Nonconformity to Transformation: Reflections on the Demise of an Ideal,” Festival Quarterly (Winter, 1990):15-17.
Sixteenth Century Studies Monograph Series (
Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite History (Mennonite Historical Society)
Pennsylvania German History and Culture
Classics of the Radical Reformation (
Avenue Mennonite Fellowship: Young Adult Sunday School class, 1994-present; elder, 1995-2004; congregational chairperson, 1999- 2004; Pastor-Congregation Relations Committee, 2004-present 20-25 invited presentations/year to congregations, conferences, youth groups, etc.
2004; Pastor-Congregation Relations Committee, 2004-present
20-25 invited presentations/year to congregations, conferences, youth groups, etc.