David L. Weaver-Zercher

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

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 coedited 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); The Amish Way: Patient Faith in a Perilous World (Jossey-Bass, 2010), both written with Donald B. Kraybill and Steven M. Nolt; and Martyrs Mirror: A Social History (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016). His writing has appeared in numerous journals, including Church HistoryMennonite Quarterly Review, and North Carolina Historical Review.

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

Contact information:
Messiah University
One University Ave.
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

About the site

Amish Studies is an academic website developed by the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College to provide reliable information on Amish life and culture. Designed to assist scholars, students and the general public, the site was developed with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Amish population statistics are updated annually in the summer. Other information is updated periodically.

For more in-depth discussion about the Amish:
The Amish book cover

Authors: Donald Kraybill, Karen Johnson-Weiner, and Steven Nolt (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013; paperback, 2018)

Recent books

In partnership with the Johns Hopkins University Press, the Young Center Books in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies publishes innovative and creative scholarship. The latest volume in the series explores the roles and experiences of Amish women:
The Lives of Amish Women book cover
Author: Karen Johnson-Weiner (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020)