A professor emeritus and director emeritus of communication studies at Kent State University in Ohio, Heisey was also an ordained minister in the Brethren in Christ Church, having served as pastor of the Valley Chapel congregation in Canton, Ohio, from 1954-1955.
Heisey also served as a speech professor at Messiah College from 1957 to 1968. (Messiah was also his alma mater.) In addition to his work at Kent State, Heisey served as president of Damarvard College in Tehran, Iran, and also taught in Belgium, Sweden, Estonia, and China.
Heisey’s 2004 book, published by the Brethren in Christ Historical Society, was an historical biography of W.O. Baker, a nineteenth century physician and Brethren in Christ church leader. In his endorsement of the book, fellow Brethren in Christ author and American historian Paul Boyer said, “Healing Body and Soul restores to Brethren in Christ history a fascinating figure who loomed large in his own day and has been undeservedly neglected. The work also adds nuance and complexity to our understanding of church history spanned by W.O. Baker’s career.”
Read Heisey’s obituary here.