John Howard Yoder (1927-1997) Brief Biographical
John H. Yoder was a theologian,
a prophetic champion of Christian pacifism, and an advocate for
an Anabaptist-Mennonite theological perspective. He was known
for his work in biblical scholarship, peace and historical theology,
Christian social ethics and ecumenical and inter-faith dialogue.
He resided in Elkhart, Indiana, and was a member of Prairie Street
1927 Born, December 29, Smithville,
Ohio, to Howard C. and Ethel (Good) Yoder
1947 B. A., Goshen College
1949 Article "Caesar and the Meidung", Mennonite Quarterly
Review, April 1949
1949 Went to France to do voluntary service of aid and relief
under Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). Later also helped with
MCC relief work in Algeria
1952 Married Anne Marie Guth, July 12, in France. Had seven children.
1952 Participation in the Concern group, who published the pamphlet
1954 Doctoral Studies, Theological Faculty of Basel, Switzerland.
Thesis was "Die Gespraeche zwischen Taeufern under Reformatoren"
(The Discussion between Anabaptists and Reformers). Completed
1955 Participated in the Puidoux Conference, August 15-17, and
1958 Began teaching at newly formed Associated Mennonite Biblical
1960 Administrative Assistant to J. D. Graber at Mennonite Board
of Missions, Elkhart, Indiana (half-time), until 1965
1962 Th. D. University of Basel, Switzerland
1965 Professor of Theology at Goshen Biblical Seminary / Associated
Mennonite Biblical Seminaries, Goshen and Elkhart, Indiana, until
1970 President of Goshen Biblical Seminary until 1973
1971 Nevertheless and The Original Revolution published
1972 The Politics of Jesus published
1970's Professor in Department of Theology at University of Notre
Dame, South Bend, Indiana, until his death.
1997 Died, December 30, Elkhart, Indiana
John Howard Yoder Collection, Mennonite Church USA Archives--Goshen.
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