Peace and Conflict Studies Committee
Because it is an interdisciplinary program drawing upon the resources of three academic departments (Biblical and Religious Studies, History, and Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice), the Peace and Conflict Studies Program is administered by a committee under the direct oversight of the Dean of the School of Humanities.
The PACS Committee consists of members from each of the three core departments, one member represents the faculty at large, and because the PACS Program provides advisors for one special interest house on campus, one member of the committee comes from Residence Life. Two students also are members of the Committee, and this unique opportunity for students to gain experience in academic administration also allows the PACS Program to hear and respond to the concerns and needs of its students.
The members of the PACS Committee for the 2018-2019 Academic Year are:
George Pickens is the Professor of Theology and Mission at Messiah College and serves as Director of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program and Chair of the PACS Committee.
Eric Seibert is a professor of Old Testament. He serves as the Biblical and Religious Studies Representative to the PACS Committee.
Malcolm Gold is the chair, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice & Associate Professor of Sociology. He serves as the Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice department's representative to the PACS Committee.
Julie Price is currently the Residence Director for Grantham Residence and Smith Apartments. She also serves as the representative from Residence Life to the PACS Committee.
Norman Wilson is a historian of European history from the Renaissance to the present. His research centers on cultural history and historiography (the history of the writing of history). Before arriving at Messiah University he was Chair of the History Department at Methodist College in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Norm serves as the representative from the History Department to the PACS Committee.
Jason Renn is an assistant professor of politics. He serves as an at-large faculty member on the PACS committee.
Devin Manzullo-Thomas is the Director of the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Studies and Lecturer for the History, Biblical and Religious Studies, and Interdisciplinary Studies departments. In role as Director, he helps the college community (and its founding denomination, the Brethren in Christ Church) to understand the distinctive theological traditions that have shaped Messiah’s history and continue to inform its present. Peacemaking has always been a part of Messiah’s theological tradition. He is proud that the college continues to value the notion of promoting truth, justice, and nonviolence in a world riddled with conflict, oppression, and deception, and does so by training women and men to be active peacemakers and reconcilers through its PACS program.
PACS Committee Student Members
"Hello, my name is Olinda Mabunda from Mozambique. I decided to major in Peace & Conflicts Studies because I want to be a peacemaker. My grandparents died during a civil war in Mozambique, that lasted 15 years. Years later when I was 15 years old the Peace Agreement was broken, and at the time I was at a boarding school which is 1000km away from my home, so my colleagues and I were not safe. I find Peace & Conflicts Studies to be the right major for me at Messiah College because it is practical in my home country."
The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace”
"My name is Leiby Soto and I am a junior Peace and Conflict Studies major. I picked this major because I am passionate about service-learning work. Growing up and living in the inner city of the Bronx, NY, I've been involved in many community-based service work which has helped develop my love for working with people. I truly enjoy getting to know people and immersing myself in different cultures. I am passionate about learning how to be a peacemaker in the midst of cultural and racial issues."