B.S. Seattle Pacific University

M.S. Boston University

M.T.S. Duke Divinity School

Th.D. Duke Divinity School (Anticipated May 2019)


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 CV for Sarah Barton


  • TH121  Christian Ethics
  • MN596  Trauma and Disability
  • MN115  Practice of Counsel and Care

Speaking Engagements


  • Nov. 17-20, “Rethinking the Theological Classroom: Engaging People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities as Scholars,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Denver, CO


  • January 24-26:  “Baptism and Christian Identity: Shaping Liturgical Practice from the Perspective of Disability” and “Coaching on Universal Design for Worship” (with Barbara J. Newman), Calvin Symposium on Worship, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

Sarah J. Barton

2018-2020 Nouwen Fellow

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 from Duke Divinity School. She is currently a Doctor of Theology Candidate at Duke Divinity School and a Nouwen Fellow at Western Theological Seminary. Sarah’s research interests include the intersections of disability, theological anthropology, and liturgy. Her dissertation explores a baptismally-rooted theological anthropology that is radically inclusive of people with profound intellectual disabilities. Before her appointment at WTS, Sarah worked as a Senior Pediatric Occupational Therapist at Duke University Health System for five years. She has experience presenting in a variety of interdisciplinary contexts on issues related to 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.”