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About the Chaplain

Sara Barton, University Chaplain 

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As the University Chaplain of Pepperdine University, Sara provides pastoral care in the community and leads the staff of the Office of the Chaplain, who together seek to cultivate a spiritually formative environment for the Pepperdine community.

Sara is especially passionate about how the Office of the Chaplain may provide opportunities for spiritually formative practices such as worship, prayer, hospitality, service, sabbath rest, and reconciliation. She is also committed to healthy partnerships across the university that serve the spiritual needs of students.

Sara holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Hazelip School of Theology and a Masters degree in Spiritual Formation from Spring Arbor University. Dr. Barton authored A Woman Called, a memoir about her call to ministry, and she is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post Religion blog. Sara also teaches adjunct courses in New Testament for Pepperdine and in ministry for Lipscomb University. Sara and her husband John have two children, Brynn and Nate, and one daughter-in-law, Falon.

Dear Pepperdine Community, 

In the Office of the Chaplain, it's our goal to cultivate a spiritually formative environment for the Pepperdine community through Christian practices that involve us in God's activity in the world. One activity we are committed to practicing is hospitality as we cultivate spaces for people to draw near to God. Other practices we are committed to nurturing include worship, prayer, Bible study, and Sabbath rest. Please drop by our office sometime, and let's practice this spiritual life together. 

Sara Barton
University Chaplain