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2019 Festival of Homiletics - Minneapolis

"Preaching as Moral Imagination"



Speaker Profile: M. Craig Barnes

"By grace we're created in the image of God. When we corrupt our lives with sin, the grace of God in Jesus Christ forgives us and makes us fully alive again. By grace the Holy Spirit binds us to this savior, includes us in the church, moves our chaos over to create beauty, and interrupts our plans with God's dream that we too become gracious.  Along the way the holy image re-emerges in our lives." - M. Craig Barnes


Craig Barnes is the seventh president of Princeton Theological Seminary. In 2012 he was elected to be the president of Princeton Theological Seminary and began his presidency in January 2013. Barnes also serves as professor of pastoral ministry at the seminary. Craig Barnes was raised on Long Island, New York.  After graduating from The King’s College, Barnes earned his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Seminary in 1981 and his Ph.D. in the History of Christianity from the University of Chicago in 1992. Before becoming president of Princeton, Barnes was the Meneilly Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary while also serving as the pastor and head of staff of Shadyside Presbyterian Church. He previously served pastorates in Madison, Wisconsin, and at the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC.

He is a frequent lecturer and preacher at conferences, academic gatherings, and in congregations across the country. He has eight published books including Searching For Home, The Pastor as Minor Poet, and Body and Soul. His writing and academic work reflect his deep commitment to the theological formation of pastors to lead the church in changing times. He also serves as an Editor at Large and frequent contributor to The Christian Century. He is married to Dawne Hess Barnes who is an interior decorator. They have three delightful children and a hairy dog named Esau.

Festival Schedule 

He will be speaking on 5/20/2014 at 11:00am at Westminster Presbyterian Church in a lecture and on 5/20/2014 at 1:30pm at Central Lutheran Church in worship.

Additional Info

We are blessed to welcome Craig Barnes here for the Festival in May. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge to share, and will surely help us dig deeper into "Preaching with Holy Imagination." For more about him, check out the following links:

Princeton's Website:


Preaching Moment Videos from WorkingPreacher.org:




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