M. Craig Barnes

Craig Barnes, MDiv ’81, was raised on Long Island, New York. After graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary, he received a Ph.D. in the History of Christianity from The University of Chicago. He served as the pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Madison, WI, until 1992 when he became the pastor of The National Presbyterian Church in Washington D.C.  In 2002 he became a chaired professor at Pittsburgh Seminary while also serving as the pastor of the Shadyside Presbyterian Church.  In 2012 he was elected president of Princeton Theological Seminary and became the president emeritus in January 2023. He has nine published books including When God Interrupts, Pastor as Minor Poet, and most recently Diary of a Pastor’s Soul.  He is the director of a new project of the Association of Theological Schools on “Theologies of Pastoral Ministry,” funded by the Lilly Endowment. He is married to Dawne Hess Barnes who is an interior designer. They have three fabulous children, four delightful grandchildren, and a frisbee-addicted Bearded Collie.

2024 Distinguished Alumnus
Luncheon and Award Presentation

Tuesday, May 14, 12:15 p.m.
Mackay Campus Center Dining Hall