William S. Barker

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William Shirmer Barker (born 1934) is an American church historian, educator, and leader.

Barker studied at Princeton University, Cornell University, Covenant Theological Seminary, and Vanderbilt University.[1] He taught at Covenant College before moving to Covenant Theological Seminary in 1972. In 1977 he succeeded Robert G. Rayburn as President of Covenant Seminary, and served in this position until 1984. He then took up a position as editor of Presbyterian Journal, before returning to teaching, this time at Westminster Theological Seminary.[1]

In 1994, Barker was elected Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in America.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b "Emeritus Faculty". Westminster Theological Seminary. 
  2. ^ Macklin, William R. (8 June 1994). "Teacher Of Church History To Lead Presbyterians He Has Taught In Glenside The Last 7 Years. The Presbyterian Church In America Has 41,000 Members". Philly.com. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Holmes, Kristin E. (30 June 1994). "Presbyterian Leader Sees Opportunity The Rev. William S. Barker Hopes Groups Can "Communicate Concerns Peacefully."". Philly.com. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Robert G. Rayburn
President of Covenant Theological Seminary
Succeeded by
Paul Kooistra