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The Sider Institute

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The Sider Institute for
Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan Studies


Founded in 1999, the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Studies at Messiah College promotes the exploration of Anabaptism, Pietism, and Wesleyanism—the theological traditions that shape the “personality” of the Brethren in Christ Church, the founding denomination of Messiah College, and that inform the College’s educational mission.


The Institute seeks to achieve its mission in several ways:



The Sider Institute is named in honor of Messiah College history professor emeritus, E. Morris Sider, and his wife, Leone.