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Doug Heidebrecht

Doug Heidebrecht

Director of Global Training, Associate Professor of Mission and Theology

PhD, Applied Theology, University of Wales

Master of Sacred Theology, New Testament and Ethics, Lutheran Theological Seminary

MDiv, Pastoral Ministries, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary (Fresno, CA)

BA, Psychology, Trinity Western University

Diploma, Bible and Theology, Bethany College



Heidebrecht, Douglas J. Women in Ministry Leadership: The Journey of the Mennonite Brethren, 1954–2010. Winnipeg: Kindred Productions, 2019.

Dueck, Abe J., Bruce L. Guenther and Doug Heidebrecht, eds. Renewing Identity and Mission: Mennonite Brethren Reflections after 150 Years. Winnipeg: Kindred Productions, 2011.

Heidebrecht, Doug and Valerie G. Rempel, eds. The Voice of a Writer: Honoring the Life of Katie Funk Wiebe. Winnipeg: Kindred Productions, 2010.

Book Sections   

“Ein Volk der Heiligen Schrift: Die Bedeutung des Biblizismus und Hermeneutik der Mennonitenbrueder.” In In Gott leben wir, bestehen wir und sind wir! 150 Jahr Mennoniten-Bruedergemeinden, edited by John N. Klassen and Johann Matthies. Translated by Daniel Klaassen, 139-153. Elisabethstr: Lichtzeichen Verlag, 2012.

“Confessing Our Faith: The Significance of the Confession of Faith in the Life of the Mennonite Brethren Church.” In Renewing Identity and Mission: Mennonite Brethren Reflections after 150 Years, edited by Abe J. Dueck, Bruce L. Guenther, and Doug Heidebrecht, 141-153. Winnipeg: Kindred Productions, 2011.

“Katie’s Pilgrimage.” In The Voice of a Writer: Honoring the Life of Katie Funk Wiebe, edited by Doug Heidebrecht and Valerie G. Rempel, 1-18. Winnipeg: Kindred Productions, 2010.

“Finding Her Voice in the Church.” In The Voice of a Writer: Honoring the Life of Katie Funk Wiebe, edited by Doug Heidebrecht and Valerie G. Rempel, 83-104. Winnipeg: Kindred Productions, 2010.

“A Woman’s Voice to the Church: Katie Funk Wiebe.” In Leaders Who Shaped Us: Canadian Mennonite Brethren: 1910-2010, edited by Harold Jantz, 285-296. Winnipeg: Kindred Productions, 2010.

“Women among Canadian Mennonite Brethren and the Struggle for Denominational Consensus.” In New Perspectives in Believers Church Ecclesiology, edited by Abe Dueck, Helmut Harder, and Karl Koop, 85-104. Winnipeg: CMU Press, 2010.

“James Wm. McClendon Jr.’s Practice of Communal Discernment and the Presence of Conflicting Convictions among Mennonite Brethren.” In Ethical Thinking at the Crossroads of European Reasoning, Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Theological Symposium of the International Postgraduate Theological Fellowship, edited by Parush R. Parushev, Ovidiu Creangă, and Brian Brock, 47-67. Prague, CZ: IBTS, 2007.


Shared Global Mennonite Brethren Convictions: Reflections on the ICOMB Confession of Faith.” Direction 48, no. 2 (Fall 2019): 149-160.

“Living our Identity: Mennonite Brethren as Evangelical and Anabaptist.” Mennonite Brethren Herald, Fall 2019, 6-10.

Preacher, Teacher, Pastor, and Elder: Mennonite Brethren and McClendon’s Portrayal of Authorities In the Church.” Direction 47, no. 2 (Fall 2018): 252-271.

“Wiebe, Katie Funk (1924-2016).” Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. May 2018. Web. 23 May 2018.,_Katie_Funk_(1924-2016)&oldid=160742

“Katie Funk Wiebe: A Woman’s Voice to the Church.” Profiles of Mennonite Faith no. 63 (Spring 2018).

“James Wm. McClendon Jr.’s Practice of Communal Discernment and Conflicting Convictions among Mennonite Brethren.” Baptistic Theologies 7, no. 1 (Spring 2015): 45-68.

“Be Transformed!” Mennonite Brethren Herald, April 2015, 12-14.

“Preacher, Teacher, Pastor, and Elder as Authorities in the Church: McClendon’s Portrayal of God’s Authority and Canadian Mennonite Brethren.” Baptistic Theologies 6, no. 2 (Autumn 2014): 24-42.

Toward a Mennonite Brethren Peace Theology: Reading the Bible through an Anabaptist Lens.” Direction 43, no. 2 (Fall 2014): 228-242.

“Being the Church: A Mennonite Brethren Vision of the Family of God.” The Christian Leader, July/August 2014, 13-14.

“Being the Church: A Mennonite Brethren Vision of the Family of God.” Mennonite Brethren Herald, June 2014, 16-18.

Mennonite Brethren and the Gospel: A Theology of Mission on the Way.” Direction 42, no. 2 (Fall 2013): 207-228.

“A Mennonite Brethren Understanding of the Church.” Suvarthamani 89, no. 5 (September-October 2013): 22-25.

Atonement in the Mennonite Brethren Confessions of Faith.” Direction 41, no. 1 (Spring 2012): 18-33.

People of the Book: The Significance of Mennonite Brethren Biblicism and Hermeneutics.” Direction 40, no. 2 (Fall 2011): 219-231.

“Authoritative Mennonite Brethren: The Convergence of Church Polity, Ordination, and Women in Leadership.” Baptistic Theologies 3, no. 1 (Spring 2011): 59-75.

“Gathering around the Word to Listen to the Spirit: Community Hermeneutics Explained,” Mennonite Brethren Herald, May 2011, 8-9.

“Katie Funk Wiebe Tells Her Story: A Personal and Communal Narrative History.” Journal of Mennonite Studies 28 (2010): 117-127.

“Centered on Jesus: Mennonite Brethren Core Convictions.” Mennonite Brethren Herald, January 2010, 16-17.

“What Binds Us Together?” The Christian Leader, December 2009/January 2010, 16-17.

“Book Launches at the Centre.” Mennonite Historian 35, no.4 (December 2009): 5.

“Mennonite Brethren Distinctives: Implications for Church Life.” In God’s at Work: Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba, Assembly 2009 (March 6-7, 2009), 53-59.

“The International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague.” Mennonite Historian 35, no.1 (March 2009): 7.

“Study with the Church in Mind: An Interview with Doug Heidebrecht,” Mennonite Brethren Herald, February 2009, 14-15.

“Mennonite Brethren Ordination of Women, 1899-1958.” Mennonite Historian 34, no.4 (December 2008): 1-2, 8-9.

“The John A. Toews Library: Mennonite History, Theology, and Culture.” Mennonite Historian 34, no.4 (December 2008): 7.

“Culture Clash: What Do We Mean by ‘Culture’?” Mennonite Brethren Herald, September 2007, 8-9.

“Fault Lines in Evangelical Theology.” Direction 36, no. 1 (2007): 20-30. (with Gil Dueck)

“Distinction and Function in the Church: Reading Galatians 3:28 in Context.” Direction 34, no. 2 (2005): 181-193.

“Reading 1 Timothy 2:9-15 in Its Literary Context.” Direction 33, no. 2 (2004): 171-184.

“The Hermeneutical Task: Crossing from the World of the Bible to Our World Today.”  Mennonite Brethren Herald, April 9, 2004, 4-7.

“Continuing the Conversation: Mennonite Brethren and Women in Church Leadership.” The Christian Leader, May 2003, 12-16.

“The Elusive Biblical Model of Leadership.” Direction 28, no. 2 (Fall 1999): 153-165. (with Bruce Guenther)

“Church Leaders Through the Ages.”  Mennonite Brethren Herald, November 6, 1998, 4-7. (with Bruce Guenther)

“The Renewal of Perception: Romans 12:2 and Post Modernism.” Direction 25, no. 2 (Fall 1996): 54-63.

Book Reviews

Review of God’s Word Alone: The Authority of Scripture by Matthew Barrett. Direction 47, no. 2 (Fall 2018): 276-278.

Review of Celebrating 150 Years: The Mennonite Brethren Church Around the World, edited by Abe Dueck. Journal of Mennonite Studies 29 (2011): 288-289.

Review of Tabor College: A Century of Transformation, 1908-2008 by Peggy Goertzen, Richard Kyle, Lynn Jost, and David C. Peters, Douglas B. Miller, ed. Mennonite Quarterly Review 85, no.1 (January 2011): 162-164.

Review of A Generation of Vigilance: The Lives and Work of Johannes and Tina Harder by Ted D. Regehr. Mission Focus: Annual Review 17 (2009): 188-190.

Review of All Right Now: Finding Consensus on Ethical Questions, by Timothy J. Geddert. Mennonite Brethren Herald, January 2009, 34.

Review of A Usable Past? A Story of Living and Thinking Vocational at the Margin, by Paul Peachy. Mennonite Brethren Herald, November 2008, 37.

Review of Using Scripture in a Global Age: Framing Biblical Issues, by C. Norman Kraus. Direction 36, no. 1 (2007): 104-105.

Review of Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible, edited by Kevin J. Vanhoozer. Mennonite Brethren Herald, January 2007, 29.

Review of A Gospel for a New People: Studies in the Sermon on the Mount by Herb Kopp. Direction 34, no. 2 (2005): 291-292.

Review of Men and Women in the Church: Building Consensus on Christian Leadership, by Sarah Sumner. Mennonite Brethren Herald, December 26, 2003, 34.

Review of The Biblical Case for Equality: An Appeal for Gender Justness in the Church, by Arden Thiessen. Mennonite Brethren Herald, February 7, 2003, 23.

Review of New Testament Ethics: The Story Retold, by Richard B. Hays. Direction 29, no. 1 (2000): 71-73.

Review of Acts, by Chalmer E. Faw. Direction 24.1 (1995): 121-122.