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President M. Craig Barnes

President, Author, and Professor of Pastoral Ministry
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President M. Craig Barnes
Everything we do here is about an encounter with this one holy Word. That’s the true function of the study of theology: to encounter the Word, to see the morning star that pierces the darkness, to know how to proclaim the Word that can fill any silence that dares threaten us. And the Word’s name is the Lord Jesus Christ.

M. Craig Barnes was raised on Long Island, New York. After graduating from The King’s College and Princeton Theological Seminary, he received a PhD in the history of Christianity from The University of Chicago under the supervision of Martin E. Marty.

As an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), he has served four parishes, including The National Presbyterian Church in Washington DC, and The Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He also served for a decade as the Robert Meneilly Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Barnes is the author of several books and articles that center on the struggle of contemporary people making sense of God's grace. His publications include Yearning, When God Interrupts, Hustling God, Sacred Thirst, Extravagant Mercy, Searching For Home, The Pastor as Minor Poet, and most recently, Body and Soul.  He also serves as an Editor at Large and frequent contributor to The Christian Century.


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Pastor at Franklin Lakes United Methodist Church, New Jersey

Alison VanBuskirk, Class of 2015

“My call as a pastor centers on shaping a community where people can connect and be real with each other and God.”