David L. Weaver-Zercher

David L. Weaver-Zercher is professor of American religious history at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. He received his Ph.D. in religion from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997.

Professor Weaver-Zercher’s writing has focused on outsiders’ perspectives and portrayals of the Amish. His books in that area include The Amish in the American Imagination (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001); Writing the Amish: The Worlds of John A. Hostetler (Penn State University Press, 2005); and a co-edited volume with Diane Zimmerman Umble, The Amish and the Media (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008).

Weaver-Zercher’s publications also include Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy (Jossey-Bass, 2007) and The Amish Way: Patient Faith in a Perilous World (Jossey-Bass, 2010), both written with Donald B. Kraybill and Steven M. Nolt. His writing has appeared in numerous journals, including Church History, Mennonite Quarterly Review, and North Carolina Historical Review.

He is married to Valerie Weaver-Zercher and is the father of three sons.

Contact Information

Department of Biblical and Religious Studies
Box 3053
Messiah College
Grantham, PA 17027
Email: dzercher@messiah.edu

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