Guest Minister, Bruce Barkhauer

Bruce A. Barkhauer was called as the first “Minister for Faith and Giving for Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)” in 2010, after 25 years of parish ministry.

Since that time, he has engaged the whole church in conversations about generosity and offered transformative ways for congregations to think about stewardship. His energy, vision, and entrepreneurial spirit enhance gifts in both business and ministry. He brings a biblically based understanding about stewardship combined with theological integrity and weds them to the current trends and best practices related to spirituality and money.


Bruce is the author of numerous articles, and books including America’s Holy Ground: 61 Faithful Reflections On Our National Parks (Chalice Press, 2019), America’s Holy Sites: Faithful Reflections on our National Monuments and Historic Landmarks (Chalice Press, 2020) and Community of Prayer: A Stewardship Devotional (Chalice Press).


He is a graduate of Ohio University (Athens), Christian Theological Seminary (Indianapolis), and did Doctor of Ministry studies at Ashland Theological Seminary (Ashland, OH). Rev. Barkhauer has also earned an Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising and is an adjunct professor with Lexington Theological Seminary, Phillips Theological Seminary, and the IU School of Philanthropy.


He is married to Laura, and they share three grown children and four grandchildren.

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