The Authors

D_KraybillDonald B. Kraybill is Distinguished College Professor and Senior Fellow Emeritus at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College (PA). He received his Ph.D. in sociology from Temple University.

Nationally recognized for his scholarship on Anabaptist groups, Kraybill is the author, coauthor, or editor of many books and dozens of professional articles. His books have been translated into eight different languages. Kraybill’s research and commentary on Anabaptist groups has been featured in print media and on radio and television programs across the United States and in many other countries.

Kraybill has received numerous awards including the National Religious Book Award for The Upside Down Kingdom (Herald Press, 3rd ed. 2003), which has been translated into six languages. He has authored or coauthored numerous books on Amish life and culture, including The Amish (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013), a comprehensive portrayal of the Amish in the twenty-first century, and The Amish Way: Patient Faith in a Perilous World (Jossey-Bass, 2010), a discussion and interpretation of the faith and spiritual practices of the Amish.

Contact Information
The Young Center
Elizabethtown College
One Alpha Drive
Elizabethtown, PA 17022
Email: Kraybilld@etown.edu
Website: http://facultysites.etown.edu/kraybilld/


S_NoltSteven M. Nolt is professor of history and Anabaptist studies and Senior Scholar at the Young Center for Anabaptist Studies at Elizabethtown College. He received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Notre Dame, and a graduate theology degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary.

Nolt has studied Amish history and culture across many settlements and is the author or coauthor of fourteen books on Amish, Mennonite, and Pennsylvania German history and contemporary life. His books on the Amish include Amish Enterprise: From Plows to Profits (2nd ed., with Donald B. Kraybill, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004); Plain Diversity: Amish Cultures and Identities (with Thomas J. Meyers, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007); Mennonites, Amish, and the American Civil War (with James O. Lehman, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007); The Amish Way: Patient Faith in a Perilous World (with Donald B. Kraybill and David Weaver-Zercher, Jossey-Bass, 2010); The Amish (with Donald B. Kraybill and Karen Johnson-Weiner, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013); and The Amish: A Concise Introduction (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016). He is also the series editor for Young Center Books in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies published by the Johns Hopkins University Press.

Contact Information
The Young Center
Elizabethtown College
One Alpha Drive
Elizabethtown, PA 17022
(717) 361-1459
Email: nolts@etown.edu


D_WeaverZercherDavid L. Weaver-Zercher is professor of American religious history at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. He received his Ph.D. in religion from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997.

Weaver-Zercher’s writing has focused on outsiders’ perspectives and portrayals of the Amish. His books in that area include The Amish in the American Imagination (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001); Writing the Amish: The Worlds of John A. Hostetler (Penn State University Press, 2005); The Amish Way: Patient Faith in a Perilous World (with Donald B. Kraybill and Steven M. Nolt, Jossey-Bass, 2010); and a co-edited volume with Diane Zimmerman Umble, The Amish and the Media (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008).

Weaver-Zercher’s publications also include Martyrs Mirror: A Social History (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016) and Vital Christianity: Spirituality, Justice, and Christian Practice, co-edited with William H. Willimon (T & T Clark, 2005). His writing has appeared in numerous journals, including Church History, Mennonite Quarterly Review, and North Carolina Historical Review.

Contact Information
Department of Biblical and Religious Studies
Messiah College
One College Avenue
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
(717) 796-1800, ext. 7379
Email: dzercher@messiah.edu

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