David B. Eller

This is an Anabaptist church worker who has been publicly accused of sexual abuse. They are listed here as part of the Mennonite Abuse Prevention (MAP) list. Anyone with additional information or documentation on this person, please contact mennonite[at]snapnetwork.org or mail to MAP List, P.O. Box 442632, Lawrence, KS, 66044. All sources will be kept confidential.


Name: David B. Eller

Date of Birth: 1945

Description: Criminal use of computer, unlawful contact with minor. Arrested for trying to arrange sexual encounter with 12-year-old girl after four undercover agents posing as young girls followed him in Internet chat rooms. Convicted in 2007. Released from prison in 2011.

Church-related positions held: Professor of Religion at Bluffton College (1976-1984), Ordained minister in Church of the Brethren, former director of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, former director of Religious Studies Department at Elizabethtown College

Current employment/location (as of 2016): Mount Joy, PA

Documentation: “Police Criminal Complaint: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vs. David B. Eller,” Dec. 1, 2006. (https://web.archive.org/web/20071031064157/http://eller.etownian.com/complaint.pdf)

“Child-sex sting: Ex-prof jailed,” Lancaster Online, June 2, 2007. (http://lancasteronline.com/news/child-sex-sting-ex-prof-jailed/article_ad29595c-648e-5d69-8c3b-435b8a41db13.html)

“Brethren College Professor Arrested in Sting Operation,” Church of the Brethren Newsline, June 22, 2006. (https://web.archive.org/web/20160323194729/http://support.brethren.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=7334)

“The Tragic Case of David B. Eller: One woman’s story of his sexual abuse of power,” Our Stories Untold (blog), Dec. 16, 2013. (http://www.ourstoriesuntold.com/stories/the-tragic-legacy-of-david-b-eller-one-womans-story-of-his-sexual-abuse-of-power-by-anonymous/)

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