Erik Wesner

Erik Wesner first met the Amish in 2004 while selling Bible story books in Amish communities, a job that led to visits to over 5,000 Amish homes. Wesner served as Snowden Fellow at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College in 2008, and released the first of his books, Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive, in 2010 (Jossey-Bass).

Wesner founded and currently edits the Amish America website, covering topics including business, culture, media, beliefs, technology, and communities.

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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 Amish relationship with the environment:
Nature and the Environment in Amish Life book cover
Authors: David McConnell and Marilyn Loveless (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018)