I was in graduate school for most of my adult life, so it’s natural for me to introduce myself with my education — it’s what I “do.”

I successfully defended my PhD dissertation, “Reading 1 Corinthians with Philosophically Educated Women,” on April 16, 2012 at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. This dissertation was published by Pickwick in 2014.  My other work focuses on life and thought of the earliest Christian communities.  My primary interests include patronage and friendship, popular moral philosophy, and other cultural phenomena such as eating and bathing.

The other thing that I do is ministry, so I have two degrees to help me serve the church.  I graduated from Wayland Baptist University in 2001 with a BA in Religion and 2003 with an MA in Biblical Studies, New Testament. Then I went to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX for two years to learn Hebrew, French, and German to prepare for PhD studies.

I was ordained in 2003 by Shadow Hills Baptist Church in Lubbock, TX, and I have been serving Baptist churches (and churches of other denominations) in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico for the past 10 years. I preach regularly and offer many other services to churches as requested in a wide area, but most of my time is devoted to the study of our sacred Scriptures and producing scholarly work for the academy and the church. I am currently a member of Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth, TX.

In my other life I enjoy religious discussion and debates with colleagues and friends, playing acoustic guitar, and hanging out with my wonderful wife and kids.

Please contact me at nathanjohnbarnes@gmail.com if you have any questions.  I have more contact information listed on my resume pages.

More about me:  Resume Central and My Music.