About Anabaptist Witness

Anabaptist Witness is a global Anabaptist and Mennonite dialogue on key issues facing the church in mission. Issues are published in print and online each April and October, with additional content available online throughout the year. We invite written and visual contributions from Anabaptists, Mennonites, and other interested persons from around the world.


In the twenty-first century, a wide variety of communities and individuals around the world claim Anabaptist Christianity as part of their heritage and identity: from Mennonites, Amish, and Hutterites, to Mennonite Brethren, Brethren in Christ, Church of the Brethren, and the Missionary Church, to the Meserete Kristos Church, the numerous Anabaptist and Mennonite centers and networks, neo-Anabaptists, and many more. Anabaptist Witness exists to provide a forum for conversation around mission theology and practice for this broad and diverse constituency. Conversation around mission happens in numerous forms, and for that reason Anabaptist Witness publishes missiological content of various kinds, including academic papers, sermons, interviews, biographies, personal reflections, poetry, and photo-essays. Our issue themes are meant to address crucial topics in current mission theology and practice. Please contact us if you have an idea for a theme we might address! We hope Anabaptist Witness will serve as a significant resource for churches, mission agencies, and missionaries as they participate in God’s mission in the world. We need your help to do that! Please consider contributing and encourage others to do so, as well.


Anabaptist Witness continues the legacy of Mission Focus, founded in 1972 by Wilbert Shenk and edited from 1997 to 2012 by Walter Sawatsky. Following Sawatsky’s retirement, representatives of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Mennonite Church Canada, and Mennonite Mission Network carried out a wide consultation process about the future of the journal. This process led to the naming of two co-editors, Jamie Pitts and Jamie Ross, and an inaugural editorial committee tasked with renewing the journal’s commitment to fostering dialogue among Anabaptists and Mennonites from around the world on key issues facing the church in mission. Jamie Ross resigned her position to pursue other opportunities in 2017.

Anabaptist Witness publishes two themed issues a year, in print and online. Initial themes include Anabaptist identities, theology of religions, and food. Information on upcoming themes can be viewed here. The journal’s website contains additional material related to calls for submissions, a blog, and other information.

Publishing Information

Anabaptist Witness is a publication of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Mennonite Central Committee (US and Canada), Mennonite Church Canada, and Mennonite Mission Network. The views expressed in Anabaptist Witness are the views of the contributors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the partnering organizations.

Unless otherwise noted, all content in Anabaptist Witness is licensed by contributors under the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0). Under this license, readers may distribute journal content in any medium or format for any purpose, so long as the content is not adapted and so long as attribution is given to the contributor.

ISSN 2374-2534 (print)
ISSN 2374-2542 (online)

This periodical is indexed in the ATLA Religion Database® (ATLA RDB®), www: http://www.atla.com.


Jamie Pitts is editor of Anabaptist Witness, director of the Institute of Mennonite Studies, and Associate Professor of Anabaptist Studies at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Originally from Texas, Jamie has also lived in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Edinburgh, Scotland. He has a PhD in theology and ethics from the University of Edinburgh, and is a member of Hively Avenue Mennonite Church, in Elkhart, Indiana.

Editorial Committee

Sarah Augustine, Suriname Indigenous Health Fund and Dispute Resolution Center of Yakima and Kittitas Counties
Matthew J. Krabill, Fuller Theological Seminary
Patricia Urueña, Iglesia cristiana menonita de Colombia