B.S. Seattle Pacific University

M.S. Boston University

M.T.S. Duke Divinity School

Th.D. Duke Divinity School


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 CV for Sarah Barton


  • TH121  Christian Ethics
  • TH565  Disability and Theology in the Christian Tradition
  • MN596  Trauma and Disability
  • MN115  Practice of Counsel and Care

Speaking Engagements


  • January 11 – Christian Perspectives on Disability Identity” at The Society for Christian Ethics in Washington DC
  • February 20 – “Considering Disability: Religion and Human Limitation in Medical Contexts”; Lecture in the Program in Health, Religion, and Spirituality Leadership at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor, MI
  • March 1 – Preaching at Grace Episcopal Church in Holland, MI (8:30 and 10:30 services)
  • March 23-24 – “Disability in Christian Thought” and “Narrow is the Way: Clinical Practice, Scholarship, and Christian Discipleship;” Panel presentations at the Conference on Medicine and Religion in Columbus, OH

Sarah Jean Barton

2018-2020 Nouwen Fellow

Dr. Sarah Jean Barton was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She earned a BS in Biology from Seattle Pacific University, an MS from Boston University in Occupational Therapy, and an MTS and a ThD from Duke Divinity School. Dr. Barton’s research interests include the intersections of disability, theological anthropology, and liturgy. She is also exploring new research on accessibility in theological education. Before her appointment at WTS, Dr. Barton worked as a Senior Pediatric Occupational Therapist at Duke University Health System. She has experience presenting in a variety of interdisciplinary contexts on issues related to Christian theology and ethics, intellectual disability, disability studies, occupational therapy, global health, and spirituality.

Sarah is an active Episcopalian who enjoys serving as a lay preacher and lay eucharistic minister. She is married to the Rev. Andrew Phillips, who is an Elder in the United Methodist Church. He currently serves a two-point charge in rural Michigan. Sarah and Andrew enjoy spending time outside with their tiny dog named Jed, as well as trying new restaurants with friends.

“Our life together in the context of theological education relies on practices of prayerful listening and radical hospitality. As we are edified and formed for ministry, the practices in our classroom communities should support our communal vocation to discipleship. As we study, read, and write, my prayer is that we are drawn ever deeper into the love of the Triune God and enlivened in our baptismal vocation to serve our neighbors.”