Rev. Dr. Barbara Morgan
“I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Rev. Dr. Barbara Morgan is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. She currently serves as Pastor of Sherman United Methodist Church in Evanston, Illinois. In response to “the Call” to Ministry, Dr. Morgan attended Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary where she received a Masters of Divinity Degree. She was a James A. Stein Scholar and a recipient of this scholarship for three consecutive years. She completed a year at Chicago Theological Seminary in the PhD Program in Philosophy; where she also served as an Assistant Teacher for Dr. JoAnne Terrell, Professor of Christian Ethics. She received her Doctorate in Ministry Degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.
In her field education, Dr. Morgan is currently serving as a Chaplain with the Evanston Police Department. She is an active committee member of the clergy association entitled Evanston Own It. Dr. Morgan has served as an Advisory Council Board Member of Kairos Outside Prison Ministry, which is an international prison ministry that addresses the spiritual needs of incarcerated men, women and children, and to their families and to those who work in the prison environment. She is also a member of Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation (SOUL), which is a grassroots, not-for-profit, independent, multi-issue power organization which addresses community issues in Chicago.
Dr. Morgan has served as Chaplain at Northwestern Hospital and the Mather Foundation in Evanston, Illinois. She has traveled abroad to Israel, Greece and Africa in cross-culture missions studies and has studied the places of the Bible in the interpretation of Holy Scripture. She has engaged in foreign missions work in South Africa where she has ministered and helped to finance the ministry in the fight against HIV/AIDS of two evangelical churches in the townships of Guguletu and Khayelitsha. She has attended the Parliament of the Worlds Religions in Cape Town, South Africa that involved the religions of the world in the pursuit of world peace.
Her course of study and interests pertain to women in ministry and liberation theology. Her work expounds on the ministry of Jesus Christ and how liberation theology fits into the context of Christ’s ministry. Her ministry has stretched to many far-away lands, seeking dialogue and liberation for the marginalized and oppressed. Her theology is that we serve a God of the oppressed; that suffering knows no class, cultural or geographical boundaries, that wherever you find suffering, you will find the Lord Jesus Christ.