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A clergyman in the Presbyterian Church (USA), M. Craig Barnes (born August 28, 1956) is an author, professor, and currently president of Princeton Theological Seminary.

M. Craig Barnes
Born (1956-08-28) August 28, 1956 (age 62)
Occupationauthor, professor, and seminary president
TitlePresident of Princeton Theological Seminary
Academic background
EducationThe King's College, Princeton Theological Seminary
Alma materUniversity of Chicago Divinity School (PhD)
ThesisJohn R. Mott: A Conversionist in a Pluralist World (1992)
Doctoral advisorMartin Marty
Academic work
InstitutionsPrinceton Theological Seminary


Biography and CareerEdit

Raised on Long Island,[1] Barnes attended The King's College in New York City, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in history, in 1978.[2] He went on to graduate from Princeton Theological Seminary, in 1981, with a Master of Divinity. Barnes then earned a Doctor of Philosophy in the history of Christianity from the University of Chicago Divinity School, in 1992,[3] under the supervision of Martin Marty.[4] For his doctoral studies, he wrote a dissertation titled "John R. Mott: A Conversionist in a Pluralist World."[5]

In 1981, Barnes was ordained as a minister in the PC(USA), serving in PC(USA) congregations in Colorado Springs, CO, and Madison, WI. In 1993, he became senior pastor of National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., serving until 2002, when he accepted a teaching position at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, in Pittsburgh, PA. One year later, while serving as Robert Meneilly Professor of Pastoral Ministry, Barnes accepted a call to Shadyside Presbyterian Church as senior pastor. On October 8, 2012, Princeton Theological Seminary announced that Barnes was selected to succeed the retiring Iain Torrance as president.[6] Barnes took up his duties as president on January 1, 2013, and was formally installed as president on October 23, 2013.[7] At Princeton Seminary, he also serves as professor of pastoral ministry.

Barnes is married and has a grown daughter and two teenage sons.[8]



  • Barnes, M. Craig (March 1992). John R. Mott: a conversionist in a pluralist world (Ph.D.). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago, The Divinity School. OCLC 40864303.



  • ——— (December 1995). "The Interruption of Christmas Plans". The Living Pulpit. IV (4).
  • ——— (August 1996). "Losing the Life of Our Dreams: A Christian View of Suffering". Theology Matters. 2 (4).
  • ——— (September 1999). "The Lamb and Wolf of Renewal". PFR reNews Journal.
  • ——— (1999). "Listening to Jesus". Reformed Liturgy & Music. 33 (4).
  • ——— (Summer 2000). "Voice in the Wilderness". PFR ReForm Journal.
  • ——— (2001). "Pastor's Viewpoint". Call to Worship. 35 (2).
  • ——— (2001). "Pastor's Viewpoint". Call to Worship. 35 (3).
  • ——— (2001). "Pastor's Viewpoint". Call to Worship. 35 (4).
  • ——— (Winter 2001). "Our Christian Roots in Jerusalem". Living Stones Newsletter. 1 (1).
  • ——— (April 1, 2002). "Easter in an Age of Terror". Christianity Today. 46 (4).
  • ——— (January 2003). "Learning our Identity in a Sacred Encounter". Modern Reformation. 12 (1).


  1. ^ "Shadyside Presbyterian Church" The Reverend Dr. M. Craig Barnes (retrieved Dec. 3, 2013)
  2. ^ "M. Craig Barnes: Vital" (pg. 1) (retrieved August 2, 2015)
  3. ^ "M. Craig Barnes: Vital" (pg. 1) (retrieved August 2, 2015)
  4. ^ "Shadyside Presbyterian Church" The Reverend Dr. M. Craig Barnes (retrieved Dec. 3, 2013)
  5. ^ "Dissertation Notices" (PDF). UMI. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  6. ^ "Princeton Seminary Announces M. Craig Barnes as Its New President", Oct. 8th, 2012, retrieved December 3, 2013
  7. ^ "News & Notes: Princeton Theological Seminary installs new president M. Craig Barnes" Daily Princetonian Staff, Nov. 4, 2013, retrieved Dec. 3, 2013
  8. ^ "Shadyside Presbyterian Church" The Reverend Dr. M. Craig Barnes (retrieved Dec. 3, 2013)
  9. ^ "Princeton Theological Seminary - M. Craig Barnes". Princeton Theological Seminary. Retrieved Dec 3, 2013.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Iain Torrance
President of Princeton Theological Seminary