Ervin R. Stutzman is Executive Director for Mennonite Church USA. Before taking on this role in January 2010, he served for nearly 12 years as Dean and Professor of Church Ministries at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Harrisonburg, Va. He has also served the Mennonite Church in the roles of pastor, district overseer, missions administrator, conference moderator and, from 2001 to 2003, as moderator for Mennonite Church USA.

Ervin graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Cincinnati (Ohio) Christian University. He holds master’s degrees from the University of Cincinnati and Eastern Mennonite Seminary. He received his Ph.D. from Temple University. His master’s thesis at Eastern Mennonite Seminary was “Biblical Interpretation in the Free Church: Appropriating Scriptural Truth Through Communal Discernment.” For his doctoral dissertation he wrote “From Nonresistance to Peace and Justice: Mennonite Peace Rhetoric, 1951-1991.”

Ervin was born a twin into an Amish home in Kalona, Iowa. After his father’s death a few years later, his mother moved the family to her home community near Hutchinson, Kan. Ervin was baptized in the Center Amish Mennonite Church near Partridge. Later, he joined the Yoder Mennonite Church.

Ervin married Bonita Haldeman of Manheim, Pa. Together they served for five years with Rosedale Mennonite Missions in Cincinnati, part of that time in voluntary service. Ervin was ordained to serve as co-pastor of Mennonite Christian Assembly. From there, the Stutzmans moved to Pennsylvania, where they were members of the Mount Joy Mennonite Church.

They currently live in Harrisonburg, Va., and are members of Park View Mennonite Church, where Ervin regularly teaches a men’s Bible study.

Ervin is a preacher, teacher and a writer for Herald Press. His early publications include Being God’s People, a study for new believers, Creating Communities of the Kingdom (co-authored with David Shenk), Welcome!, a book encouraging the church to welcome new members. His two books of family history are Tobias of the Amish, a story of his father’s life and community, and Emma, A Widow Among the Amish, the story of his mother. His latest publications include a scholarly study of the church’s conversation about peace, called From Nonresistance to Justice: The Transformation of Mennonite Church Peace Rhetoric 1908-2008 (2011), and Jacob’s Choice (2014), a historical novel about an early immigrant ancestor.

Ervin enjoys doing woodworking projects in partnership with Bonita. They have three adult children, Emma, Daniel and Benjamin and are the grandparents of Eva and Felix.

Part of Ervin’s Life Purpose Statement reads: In response to God’s love expressed in Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, I purpose to follow after God with all my heart … so that God may be glorified in my life at all times and in every way.

6 thoughts on “About

  1. Ervin, Thanks for your uplifting article in today’s t-mail. Richard Foster’s six traditions are helpful to remember the wide range of Christian life and to take action to experience more fully life with Christ. My wife Carol and I pray for you often. Jon Fielitz

  2. I began reading Jacob’s Choice because it relates the story of my ancestor. Jacob is my 7th great grandfather and I descend through Barbara. I wasn’t prepared for how reading the story would effect me. I knew the story but reading it in novel form really made my ancestors become real for me. After reading the chapter on the “incident” I found myself weaping for my family. Thank you for writing this book! I am in the process of writing a family history book about my father’s side of the family (Jacob’s line) and this helps me put this part of the history in perspective. I am grateful. God bless!

  3. Enjoyed reading “Jacob’s Choice”. Plan to read more of your works. My wife and I are Presbyterians in our early 70’s who attend the Massanetta Bible Conference almost every summer. Perhaps we might see you in person sometime.
    Will and Carolyn

  4. Enjoyed Jacob’s Choice. I too am related to Jacob through 4 different ancestors. Two through Barbara and two through John. I noticed in the book you refer to Lizzie Detweiler as Jacobs wife, is this a fictional name as I have never run across it in my family history searches. Thank you

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