Grebel faculty expertsGrebel's mission is to seek wisdom, nurture faith, and pursue justice and peace in service to church and society. An important part of this mission includes being a resource to the community in churches, schools, and civil society. 

This guide includes faculty and staff members who are willing to share in community and church settings through lectures, presentations, workshops, adult and youth education, sermons, and as conference speakers. Areas of expertise are listed. Please contact each person directly to inquire about availability.

In addition, Grebel can connect you with musical choirs, instrumental ensembles, a Balinese gamelan ensemble, and student ambassadors who relate well to youth. Other resources to the church and community include: library, archives, Grebel Gallery, continuing education programs, and many events throughout the year.

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Jennifer Ball

Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies
EXPERTISE: Circle Process, African Women’s Peacebuilding

​Alicia Batten

Professor of Religious Studies and Theological Studies
EXPERTISE: New Testament, Religion and Dress, Religion and Visual Art

Jeremy Bergen

Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Theological Studies,
EXPERTISE: God as Trinity,    Anabaptist/Mennonite Theology, Church Apologies for Historical Wrongs, Preaching from the Lectionary

​Marlene Epp

Professor of History and Peace and Conflict Studies
EXPERTISE: Mennonite History, Mennonite Women, Refugees, Food and Culture

Nathan Funk

Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, Chair of PACS
EXPERTISE: Religion in Conflict and Peacemaking, The Middle East, Sustained Dialogue 

Laura Gray

​Associate Professor of Music
EXPERTISE: Faith and the Arts

Eric Lepp

Visiting Assistant Professor, Peace and Conflict Studies
EXPERTISE: Side-by-sidedness; spaces of encounter and coexistence; identity and conflict; resistance to power; conflict transformation; implications of international intervention in conflict settings; peace education

David Y. Neufeld

Visiting Assistant Professor, History
EXPERTISE: Anabaptist history and theology; history of Christianity; religion and culture in Early Modern Europe

Reina Neufeldt

​Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies
EXPERTISE: Peacebuilding, Mennonite Identity and Land Conflict, Ethics of Peace and Development Practice, Global Mennonite Peacebuilding

​Troy Osborne

Dean, Associate Professor of History
EXPERTISE: Church History, Anabaptism, Mennonite History, The Reformation

Carol Penner

​Assistant Professor of Theological Studies
Director of Theological Studies
EXPERTISE: Equipping Worship Leaders, Equipping for Pastoral Care, Theology and Abuse/Boundaries/Safe Place Policies, Feminist Theology, Significance of Lament

Kate Kennedy Steiner

Assistant Professor of Music
EXPERTISE: Liturgical Song, Medieval Chant, Early Polyphony, Religious Communities

Derek Suderman

​Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Theological Studies
EXPERTISE: Leading Dynamic Bible Studies, Jonah, The Bible and Environmentalism, Reading the Bible alongside First Nations Peoples, Significance of Lament

Maisie Sum

Associate Professor of Music
EXPERTISE: Music and Culture, Music: Health and Wellbeing, Music and Migration, Music and Community, Hands-on Balinese Music Workshop

Karen Sunabacka

​Associate Professor of Music
EXPERTISE: Music Composition and Theory

Mark Vuorinen

​Associate Professor of Music, Chair of Music
EXPERTISE: Sacred Music, Hymnody, Music and Social Justice/Peace


Laureen Harder-Gissing

​Archivist-Librarian; Director, Institute of Anabaptist and Mennonite Studies
EXPERTISE: Ontario Mennonite History, Archives, Keeping/writing Congregational History

Paul Heidebrecht

​Director, Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement, 
Adjunct Assistant Professor
EXPERTISE: Incubating Peace, Peace Entrepreneurship, Political Advocacy, Technology and Ethics

Ed Janzen

​Chaplain, Adjunct Lecturer
EXPERTISE: Bible Study, Sexuality, Young Adults, Worship

Jane Kuepfer

​Schlegel Specialist in Spirituality and Aging
EXPERTISE: Spirituality and Aging, Dementia in Community, Death and Dying, Spiritual Practices

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