Joni Sancken


Assistant Professor of Homiletics | 529.2327 ex. 3723

  • Teaching and Research

    Joni Sancken teaches in the area of homiletics. Her interests include, theological approaches to preaching, preaching about the cross and resurrection, history of biblical interpretation, and Christian education. She is a member of the Academy of Homiletics and the Society of Biblical Literature.

  • Education

    BA, Goshen College, 1998.

    MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2004

    PhD, Toronto School of Theology, 2009

  • Professional

    Joni Sancken is an ordained pastor with Mennonite Church USA and has served as a pastor in Mennonite congregations in Indiana and Pennsylvania. Her credentials are currently held by Virginia Conference. Prior to joining the faculty at United, she served as Assistant Professor of Preaching and Practical Theology at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Harrisonburg, VA where she also served as the director of their Preaching Institute. Joni also served as a sessional faculty member at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and Candler School of Theology as a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University.

  • Publications

    Articles and Chapters

    “Propers 23-28.” Abingdon Theological Companion to the Lectionary Year B. Nashville: Abingdon, forthcoming.

    “Proper 11, years A, B, and C.” Preaching Social Justice and Transformation: A Lectionary Commentary, Year A, Year B, and Year C. Eds. Ronald J. Allen, Dale P. Andrews, and Dawn Ottoni Wilhelm. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2011, 2012, 2013. 

    “Season after Epiphany.” New Proclamation, Series C, Advent through Holy Week, 2012–2013. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2012.

     “Dawbarn, Elizabeth (early 19th cent.).” Biographical History of Women Biblical InterpretersEd. Marion Taylor. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2012.

    “Deverell, Mary (18th cent.).” Biographical History of Women Biblical Interpreters. Ed. Marion Taylor. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2012.

    “Calling Forth More Witnesses: Claiming the Voices of Preachers Silenced by History.” Toronto Journal of Theology, vol. 26, no 1(2010):47-58.


      “Presence: Giving and Receiving God.” Mennonite Quarterly Review, forthcoming.

    "Jesus matters: good news for the 21st century." Mennonite Quarterly Review 84, no. 3 (July 1, 2010): 470-472.

    Review of Meeting Our Multifaith Neighbors, by Brice H. Balmer. Consensus: A Canadian Lutheran Journal of Theology, vol. 32, no. 2 (2008): 127-128.

    Review of Preaching with All You’ve Got, by David Day, Consensus: A Canadian Lutheran Journal of Theology, vol. 32, no. 2 (2008): 128-129.

    Review of Why Church Matters, by Jonathan R. Wilson. Toronto Journal of Theology, v. 23 n. 2 (2007): 236-237.

  • Personal Life

    Joni is married to Steven Schumm and they have a daughter, Maggie. She enjoys spending time with extended family, taking long walks with her dogs, and watching British mysteries and period dramas.