An integral part of academic life at Messiah College, the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Studies promotes the exploration and interpretation of Anabaptism, Pietism, and Wesleyanism. These theological traditions shape the “personality” of the Brethren in Christ Church, the founding denomination of Messiah College, and inform the College’s educational mission.
The Sider Institute is named in honor of Messiah College history professor emeritus, E. Morris Sider, and his wife, Leone. It is located in Boyer Hall on Messiah's campus.
Sider Institute staff regularly teach undergraduate classes for the college and conduct research on the history, theology, and culture of the Anabaptist, Pietist, Wesleyan, and Brethren in Christ traditions. The Institute interprets and presents these communities to the campus community and general public via conferences, lectures, exhibits, and other events.
The Sider Institute's yearly activities include a fall study conference for Brethren in Christ pastors and laypeople, an annual banquet, the Schrag Lectures and the Wittlinger Chapel Series. The Institute also supports a student scholars program and provides public access to a number of research collections through the the Brethren in Christ Historical Library and Archives and Archives of Messiah College. It maintains a partnership with the Peace and Conflict Studies program as well.