Sarah Ann Bixler

PhD Candidate | Practical Theology (Christian Education)

Sarah Ann Bixler
Practical Theology

Sarah Ann Bixler is a PhD candidate in practical theology, focusing on Christian education and formation. Her dissertation explores adolescent belonging in Anabaptist Mennonite congregations and engages ideas from attachment theory and spiritual friendship. Bixler is also an instructor in formation and practical theology at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She has worked in administrative roles with Princeton's Center for Church Planting and Revitalization and the Iron Sharpening Iron: Leadership Education for Women Clergy project. Bixler is deeply committed to both robust scholarship and the ongoing formation of faith communities, and she has more than a decade of ministry and teaching experience. Her background includes work as a youth minister, middle judicatory administrator, classroom teacher, residence director, and curriculum writer. She lives in Princeton, N.J. with her spouse, Benjamin Bixler, and their three school-aged children.

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Select Publications

  • “The Self Unveiled: The Dis-integration of Mennonite Women’s Head Coverings.” In The Politics of Power: Responding to Abuse in a Peace Church, ed. Cameron Altaras and Carol Penner. Forthcoming.
  • [Editor] Collected Essays of Richard R. Osmer. Kindle Direct Publishing. Forthcoming in 2020.
  • “Searching for Self: Community as a Conduit for God’s Deepest Transformation,” in Education with the Grain of the Universe: A Nonviolent Program for the Future of Mennonite Schools, Colleges, and Universities, ed. J. Denny Weaver, 194-207. Telford, PA: Cascadia, 2017.
  • “Reframing the Self(ie).” Journal of Youth and Theology 16, No. 1 (2017): 25-45.
  • “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.

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.”