"The mission of Meadville Lombard is to knit together every part of the fragmented world. We prepare our students to take up that spiritual work."
Rev. Dr. Lee Barker has served as president and professor of ministry at Meadville Lombard Theological School since 2003. Prior to his appointment, he served twenty-five years in the Unitarian Universalist parish ministry. A graduate of the University of Chicago Divinity School and Meadville Lombard, President Barker has led the school though its creation of an innovative, contextual program of ministerial formation that infuses practical experience in parish and community settings with academic coursework. Dr. Barker has been a leader in the creation of two multi-faith organizations, has led Meadville Lombard in creating a “Global, Multi-faith Classroom.”
He teaches in the areas of Multi-Faith Leadership, Leadership Studies, Post-denominational Religious Leadership and Fundraising.
Along with his wife Kris, a landscape architect, and their daughter Ava, a high school sophomore, he makes his home in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.
"The most effective religious leaders collaborate to usher in the true transformation of individuals, communities and the larger world. They help individuals grow to wholeness. They assist communities in growing and engaging their theological and cultural diversity. They join with others to move the world closer to justice and peace. The mission of Meadville Lombard is to knit together every part of the fragmented world. We prepare our students to take up that spiritual work."