Not all of those who study the past are old. Find out what young and early career historians are thinking with an evening of lectures beginning at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 5, at Ridgeview Mennonite Church. Micah Brickner will present on the outcomes of Evangelical Visitor, the denominational publication of the Brethren in Christ Church. Steven Bauman will discuss peace making work of the American Friends Service Committee. Joel Nofziger will talk about Mennonite fictional films and what they reveal about Mennonite identity.
Micah B. Brickner serves as the communications assistant for Eastern Mennonite Missions. He holds a Master of Arts in ministry with a specialization in leadership from Wesley Seminary and a Bachelor of Science in biblical studies from Indiana Wesleyan University. Brickner is a licensed minister in the Brethren in Christ Church U.S. and a member of the Brethren in Christ Historical Society board of directors. He writes regularly on the subjects of church history, leadership, and missiology at beyondperimeters.org. Utilizing historical analysis, Micah desires to be a voice of inspiration for the Anabaptist theological stream regarding the issues of communication, change leadership, and innovation.
Steven Baumann is currently pursuing his PhD in History at Temple University where he focuses on the history of humanitarian non-governmental Organizations. He has taught students of various ages in environments ranging from an English cram school in China to Title I public schools in the United States. Previously a middle and high school social studies teacher in Brooklyn, he was educated at Louisiana State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in History; Brooklyn College where he earned his Master of Arts in History; and St. John’s University where he earned his Master of Science in Education.
Joel Horst Nofziger is director of communications for the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, where he is also editor of Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage. A native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, his research interest lies in understanding how Mennonites in the United States have constructed and perpetuated their identity through the stories they tell themselves. He has a BA in History and Peacebuilding & Development from Eastern Mennonite University.
What Young Historians are Thinking is a collaboration of the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society with the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College and The Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Studies at Messiah College.