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Newsline: Bach appointed director of Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies

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Date Thu, 01 Feb 2007 17:44:01 -0600

Title: Bach appointed director of Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies Feb. 1, 2007 Church of the Brethren News Service Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford, News Director 800-323-8039 ext. 260 --


(Feb. 1, 2007) Elgin, IL -- Jeffrey A. Bach, associate professor of Brethren studies at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind., has accepted an appointment beginning Aug. 1 as director of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. In addition to his administrative appointment, Bach will hold the rank of associate professor of religious studies.

The Young Center, located on the campus of Elizabethtown (Pa.) College, engages in research and teaching as well as sponsoring conferences related to the study of Anabaptist and Pietist groups primarily in the North American context. It is named for Galen S. Young and Jesse M. Young. Both Elizabethtown College and Bethany Seminary are related to the Church of the Brethren.

Bach graduated from Bethany Seminary in 1983 and served for seven years as pastor of Prairie City (Iowa) Church of the Brethren prior to his graduate study at Duke University. He holds a doctorate in religion from Duke, a master of divinity degree from Bethany, and a bachelor's degree in German and elementary education from McPherson (Kan.) College.

Along with his teaching position at the seminary, he has provided educational seminars in districts and congregations throughout the Church of the Brethren, directed the peace studies program at Bethany, and served as acting dean.

Bach also is an authority on the Ephrata Cloister and his book, "Voices of the Turtledoves: The Sacred World of Ephrata" (Penn State Press, 2003) has won several awards including the inaugural Dale Brown Book Award from the Young Center. He has published numerous articles and reviews for "Brethren Life and Thought" and other journals. Currently he chairs the 300th Anniversary Committee of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference.

The Church of the Brethren is a Christian denomination committed to continuing the work of Jesus peacefully and simply, and to living out its faith in community. The denomination is based in the Anabaptist and Pietist faith traditions and is one of the three Historic Peace Churches. It celebrates its 300th anniversary in 2008. It counts about 130,000 members across the United States and Puerto Rico, and has missions and sister churches in Nigeria, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and India.

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For more information contact:

Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford Director of News Services Church of the Brethren General Board 1451 Dundee Ave., Elgin, IL 60120 800-323-8039 ext. 260

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