John Rempel was born in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada in 1944. He received an MDiv degree at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and earned a ThD at the Toronto School of Theology. Rempel’s thesis concerned the Lord’s Supper in early Anabaptism. His teaching as well as his pastoral ministry in various settings have focused on worship, church unity, and peacemaking. He was a member of the Hymnal Committee of Hymnal: A Worship Book and editor of the Minister’s Manual (1998). He is a member of a six year dialogue of Mennonites with Lutherans and Roman Catholics concerning their different theologies and practices of baptism. His next book, entitled Sacrament and Ritual in the Free Church, is forthcoming in 2018 with InterVarsity Press. After being Mennonite chaplain at the University of Waterloo and lecturer at Conrad Grebel College (1973-89) he became the minister of a new Mennonite congregation in New York City (1989-2000). His involvements in peace making led him to become the liaison for the Mennonite Central Committee at the United Nations (1991-2003). He then taught Anabaptist studies and historical theology at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary for nine years before taking a position as Director of the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre where he is currently a Senior Fellow. He is on the preaching team of Grace Mennonite Church in St. Catharines.
ThD, St. Michael's College, Toronto School of Theology, 1987
MDiv, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 1981
BA, University of Waterloo, 1966
Historical Theology: Luther to Barth
History of Christian Worship
History of Christian Spirituality
Seminar in Theology: The Lord’s Supper
Anabaptist History and Theology
Theologizing in the Anabaptist-Mennonite Tradition
Ritual and Worship
Eucharist in Ecumenical Perspective
Baptism in Ecumenical Perspective
Sacrament and Ritual in the Free Church. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, forthcoming 2018.
“Baptism: Communicating Grace and Faith” Pro Ecclesia, Vol. 25, No. 2, Summer 2016.
“Sacraments in the Radical Reformation”, 298 - 312, in The Oxford Handbook of Sacramental Theology, H. Boersma & M. Levering, ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.
“Anabaptist Theologies of the Lord’s Supper” in A Companion to the Eucharist in the Reformation, Lee Wandel, ed., Leiden: Brill, 2014.
“Critically Appropriating Tradition: Pilgram Marpeck’s Experiments in Corrective Theologizing”, MQR, Vol. 85, No. 1, January 2011, 59 – 76.
Joerg Maler’s Kunstbuch: Writings of the Pilgram Marpeck Circle, editor & member of translation team, Kitchener: Pandora, 2010.
Take Our Moments and Our Days: an Anabaptist Prayerbook: Ordinary Time, co-editor with Arthur Boers et al, Elkhart: Institute of Mennonite Studies, 2005 / revised, Scottdale: Herald Press, 2007.
Take Our Moments and Our Days: an Anabaptist Prayerbook: Advent to Pentecost, co-editor with Eleanor Kreider et al, Elkhart: Institute of Mennonite Studies, 2007.
“On False Distinctions: The Body of Christ, Mystical and Sacramental”, Conrad Grebel Review, Fall 2006, 95–104.
“Ambiguous Legacy: The Peace Teaching, Speaking Truth to Power, and Mennonite Assimilation through the Centuries”, 349 – 364, At Peace and Unafraid: Public Order, Security, and the Wisdom of the Cross, D. Friesen, G. Schlabach, ed. Scottdale: Herald, 2005.
“Peace Churches”, 24 – 25, Christianity: A Complete Guide, John Bowden, ed., London: Continuum, 2005.
“Worship in the Anabaptist Tradition,” 545 – 559, The Oxford History of Christian Worship, K. Westerfield Tucker, G. Wainwright, ed., Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
The Fragmentation of the Church and Its Unity in Peacemaking, co-editor with Jeffrey Gros, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001.
“New Starting Points in Ecumenical Peace Dialogue: a Mennonite perspective”, 431 – 436, in Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Summer–Fall 2000, vol. XXXVII.
Later Writings by Pilgram Marpeck and his Circle, trans. by W. Klaassen, W. Packull, J. Rempel, introduction by J. Rempel, Kitchener: Pandora Press, 1999.
“Toward an Anabaptist theology of the Lord’s Supper”, 243 – 249, in D. Stoffer, ed., The Lord’s Supper in the Believers Church, Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1997.
The Lord’s Supper in Anabaptism. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1993.
Selected Conference Presentations
Four Public Lectures on “Das Abendmahl als Versoehnungsmahl”, Peace church Institute, Protestant Faculty of Theology, University of Hamburg, June 2016.
“Sexual Abuse in Religious Settings: its place in the crafting of a Eucharistic Prayer”, to the Eucharistic Prayer Seminar, North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL), January 2016.
“The Case for an Alternative to Assisted Suicide and Euthenasia”, keynote address at Canadian Mental Health Assembly, Waterloo ON, October 23, 2015.
“Jesus’ Presence in the Meal He Gave Us: A Free Church Inquiry”, to the Eucharistic Prayer Seminar, North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL), January 2014.
“The Rejection and Reclamation of Eucharistic Tradition in Early Anabaptism”, to the Seminar “The Significance of the Sixteenth Century Conflicts over the Eucharist”, American Society of Church History, New York City, January 2 – 5, 2009.
Annual Peace Lecture, “Die UNO und die Friedenskirchen: Partner oder Fremde in Sachen Frieden”, St. Michael’s Lutheran Church / Peace Church Institute, University of Hamburg, November 28, 2006.
“Worship, Identity, and Mission”, to the Post-16th Century Seminar, North American Academy of Liturgy, January 5, 2008.
“A Place for Sacraments in Anabaptism”, Anabaptist Colloquium, Eastern Mennonite University, April 6, 2006.
“The Church’s Witness to the United Nations: speaking truth to power” and “The Broken Wall”, Sider Institute Annual Peace Lectures, Messiah College, Grantham PA, November 13, 2003.