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Sarah Ann Bixler

PhD Student | Practical Theology (Christian Education)

Sarah Ann Bixler
Practical Theology
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Sarah Ann Bixler is a PhD student in practical theology, focusing on Christian education and formation. Her academic interests center on adolescent formation and congregational studies. Sarah coauthored a proposal at Princeton Seminary to start a Center for Church Planting and Revitalization, for which she works as assistant to the director during her doctoral studies. Her pre-seminary experience includes roles as a youth minister, middle judicatory administrator, classroom teacher, residence director and curriculum writer. Her professors have described Sarah as a master teacher, emerging practical theologian and scholar with embodied wisdom. While committed to scholarly inquiry, Sarah also cares deeply about the church and is part of Mennonite Church USA. She lives in Princeton, NJ with her husband, Benjamin Bixler, and their three children.

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Select Publications

  • “The Violent Shadow: Considering John Howard Yoder’s Sexual Misconduct from a Jungian Psychological Perspective,” Princeton Theological Review 19, No. 1 (Spring 2016): 5-19 
  • “Eastside Church (Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA),” Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online (March 2016)
  • “For the Love of Motherhood: Theological Reflections on Birth, Miscarriage and Infant Loss,” in All You Need Is Love: Honoring the Diversity of Women’s Voices in Theology, ed. Jennifer Castro (Mennonite Church USA: CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2016)  
  • “Searching for Self: Community as a Conduit for God’s Deepest Transformation,” in a book of essays on teaching peace across the curriculum, ed. J. Denny Weaver (forthcoming)
  • “Reframing the Selfie,” Journal of Youth and Theology (forthcoming)

Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Pastor at Franklin Lakes United Methodist Church, New Jersey

Alison VanBuskirk, Class of 2015

“My call as a pastor centers on shaping a community where people can connect and be real with each other and God.”