Shepherds Theological Seminary Names Barber Professor Emeritus

Cary, NC—Shepherds Theological Seminary has conferred the title of Professor Emeritus on Dr. William W. Barber. Barber has been the seminary’s Director of Mentoring and Placement as well as Professor of Practical Theology. He has also been Director of the 360 Circle of Shepherds. Shepherds 360 provides pastors and church leaders an opportunity for spiritual refreshment, growth, and professional development through periodic conferences.

Dr. Barber joined the faculty at Shepherds in 2008 after retiring as the senior pastor of Grace Bible Church in Lansing, Michigan, where he had served since 1989. Previously he pastored churches in Georgia, Alabama, Indiana, Ontario, and served as assistant pastor in Virginia. He was also a professor at Canadian Baptist Bible College for four years.

In announcing the Professor Emeritus designation, Dr. Tim Sigler, Provost and Dean of Shepherds Theological Seminary, said, “The seminary is delighted to confer this title on Dr. Barber. He has been an invaluable asset in the establishment, accreditation, and growth of this institution. He has provided insightful mentoring to our students as they prepare for their lives in ministry, and he has helped bring about a mutually beneficial relationship between the seminary and those in pastoral ministry in our region. His fruitful work and wise counsel have been a blessing to us all.”

Dr. Barber’s academic credentials include a B.A from Wake Forest University, and the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Temple Baptist Theological Seminary. His doctoral dissertation was “Pastoral Placement in Independent Churches.”

Dr. Barber and his wife Lalanne live in Apex, North Carolina, where they are members of The Shepherd’s Church.

Shepherds Theological Seminary’s mission is to impact the world for Christ by equipping servant leaders for life and ministry by strategically shaping both intellect and character through biblical scholarship and personal mentoring.