Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Robert Meneilly Professor of Leadership and Ministry and Senior Pastor at Shadyside Presbyterian Church the Rev. Dr. M. Craig Barnes has been named the seventh president and professor of pastoral ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary. He will begin his service Jan. 1, 2013.

“Dr. Barnes has served faithfully as an able professor and scholar for the past 10 years. He has been a colleague and friend to faculty and staff, and a wonderful mentor to countless numbers of students. We wish him well in his new call to ministry at one of our sister institutions in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.),” said the Rev. Dr. William J. Carl III, Pittsburgh Seminary president and professor of homiletics.

Barnes earned his bachelor’s from The King’s College in New York, M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and doctorate in the history of Christianity from the University of Chicago. In 1981 he was ordained a Minister of Word and Sacrament by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He served nine years as senior pastor of The National Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC before coming to Pittsburgh Seminary in 2002. His published books include Yearning, When God Interrupts, Hustling God, Sacred Thirst, An Extravagant Mercy, Searching for Home, and The Pastor as Minor Poet. Additionally, Barnes in a columnist for The Christian Century. He is also the author of numerous articles and is in demand as a preacher and lecturer at churches, denominational events, and seminaries.

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and more than 300 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.