Meet Our Team

Esther Zimmerman, PhD

Associate Chair for Church & Ministry Leadership, Children & Family Ministry Program Director

Department: Church & Ministry Leadership

Office Location: Lancaster

Esther is Scottish though she now makes Pennsylvania her home. She attended Cairn University (BS, Bible and BS, Secondary Education), Pennsylvania State University (MEd, Training Design and Development) and earned a PhD from Lancaster Bible College | Capital Bible Seminary & Graduate School.

She has been teaching full-time at Lancaster Bible College | Capital Bible Seminary & Graduate School since January 2016. Prior to that, she served for 12 years as International Children’s Ministry Director for a global mission organization while also supporting her husband in local church ministry.

Esther has been blessed with a global ministry perspective as she led a training project that extended to 60 countries. Her passion is multiplication of discipleship ministry to children in their families and communities and she continues to serve as an active member of the Global Children’s Forum and 1/50 Initiative.

She and her husband, David, have three children: Rebekah, Daniel and Abigail.


PhD in Leadership – Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School, Lancaster, PA
MEd in Instructional Design – Pennsylvania State University, Centre County, PA
BS in Bible & Education/Secondary English – Cairn University, Langhorne Manor, PA


“My heart is that there would be many more leaders who share God’s heart for children and are equipped to reach and disciple them wherever they are found.” — Dr. Zimmerman