Elizabeth Miller to head Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism

July 25, 2022

Historian Elizabeth Miller has been selected to head the Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism at Goshen College. Additionally, she will teach in the college’s history department and direct the Mennonite Historical Library.

Miller and her husband were most recently the program directors for Mennonite Central Committee in Ecua­dor and Colombia—a position they held for five years. Mil­ler’s book about the history of Colombian Anabaptist-Mennonite churches, Desde el Principio Anabautistas: La Historia de las Iglesias Menonitas y Hermanos Menonitas en Colombia, 1946–1975, was published earlier this year.

“I am extremely pleased that Eliza­beth has agreed to carry forward the work of the ISGA,” said the institute’s outgoing director, John D. Roth, in a newsletter. “She brings a depth of international experience, demonstrated ad­ministrative gifts, academic gifts, and a love for the church to the task.”

In a statement, Miller expressed her excitement for her new position.

“Anabaptist faith and practice has looked different across time and place. To be able to bring those distinct expressions in conversation with each other through the work of the ISGA at Goshen College is both a joy and a privilege.”

The ISGA was founded in 2011. Its primary initiatives are research, publication, and education about global Ana­baptist history and theology. In the last decade, the institute has been responsible for the creation of Global Anabaptist Wiki, a digital archival platform, as well as GAMEO, the Global Anabaptist-Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. In 2017, the institute published Global Anabaptist Profile, a survey of Ana­baptist life and practices in 18 countries.