Gayle Gerber Koontz

 Gayle Gerber Koontz
Address3003 Benham Avenue
Elkhart, IN 46517

Professor of Theology and Ethics, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary

B.A., Bethel College, Kansas, 1969
M.A., Lancaster Theological Seminary, 1976
Ph.D., Boston University, 1985

Gayle Gerber Koontz encourages students in her classes to confront the urgent issues facing the church. Through discussion and sometimes storytelling, Gayle creates classroom experiences where students not only study theology and the Bible but also consider what they mean for the church today. Gayle joined the AMBS faculty in 1982 and served as dean from 1990 to 1995. From 1988 to 1990, she was a volunteer at Silliman Divinity School in the Philippines, and in 2003 taught courses in Rwanda and Burundi. She has served on the MCC Peace Section Task Force on Women in Church and Society, on the Higher Education Council of the General Conference Mennonite Church, and on the ethics committee for a long-term healthcare facility. She served as one of four denominational representatives for conversations between Mennonite Church USA and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, and is currently the Mennonite Church USA representative to the interchurch Faith and Order theological conversations.

    “Christian theology shapes and emerges from community life. As theologians we try to listen intelligently to Scripture, learn from Christians before us, and understand the realities of our world in order to hear God’s good news with new power. But we cannot ignore our life together in the church. How we speak about and worship God, how we interact as women and men, how we relate as people from different races and denominations, and how we respond to suffering and sin often teach us as much about our theological convictions as the sermons we preach and the papers we write.”

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