Paul Barton

Director of The Hispanic/Latin@ Ministries Program
and Director of United Methodist Regional Course of Study School
Professor of Christian History and Missiology



Ph.D., Southern Methodist University, Religious Studies, 1999; M.Div., SMU Perkins School of Theology, summa cum laude, 1988; B.A., Southwestern University, Sociology with Music Minor, 1983

Teaching Specialties

History of Christianity in America, history of Hispanic/Latino/a Christianity, history of Hispanic/Latino/a Protestantism, ministry in Hispanic/Latino/a Settings, liberation theology, Missiology, the Church in the southwestern U.S., the Methodist and Wesleyan tradition

Research Interests

History of American Christianity, history of Hispanic/Latino/a Christianity, history of Hispanic/Latino/a Protestantism, history of Hispanic Methodism

Selected Publications

:: "Latino Protestantism.” A bibliographic essay for Oxford Online Bibliography for Latino Studies. Posted online on June 26, 2015.

:: Theological commentary essays for three bible passages in Feasting on the Gospels—John, Volume 2: A Feasting on the Word Commentary. Edited by Cynthia A. Jarvis and E. Elizabeth Johnson. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press. June 2015. John 12:12-19; John 12:20-26; John 12:27-36a.

:: "Latino American Religion: Mainline Protestants.” In Encyclopedia of Religion in America. Edited by Charles H. Lippy and Peter W. Williams. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2010.

:: Hispanic Methodists, Presbyterians, and Baptists in Texas. Austin, TX: The University of Texas Press. May 2006.

:: “¡Ya Basta! Latino/a Protestant Activism in the Chicano/a and Farm Workers Movements.” In Latino Religions and Civic Activism in the United States, edited by Gastón Espinoza, Virigilio Elizondo, and Jesse Miranda. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Professional Distinctions

Ordained elder, The United Methodist Church, The Rio Grande Annual Conference, 1990; Member, Conference Commission on Archives and History, the Rio Texas Annual Conference, 2016-present; Vice-president, Asociación para la Educación Teológica Hispana (Association for Hispanic Theological Education), October 2014-2016; Hispanic Theological Initiative Fellowship Recipient, Post-Doctoral Award, 2000-2001; Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowship Recipient, 1996-1997; Paul Quillian Award Recipient (for best-written sermon by a senior student), Perkins School of Theology, 1988.

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