William S. Barker, II

Professor of Church History, Emeritus




  • B.A., Princeton University, 1956
  • M.A., Cornell University, 1959; B.D.
  • Covenant Theological Seminary, 1960
  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1970

Teaching and other work:

  • Pastoral ministry, Missouri, Tennessee, 1960–1964, 1970–1972
  • Instructor, Covenant College, 1958–1964
  • Assistant Professor of History, 1964–1970
  • Associate Professor of History and Dean of Faculty, 1970–1972
  • Associate Professor of Church History and Dean of Faculty, Covenant Theological Seminary, 1972–1977
  • Associate Professor of Church History and President, 1977–1984
  • Adjunct Professor of Church History, 2002–2006; Editor, Presbyterian Journal, 1984–1987; Westminster, 1987–


  • Puritan Profiles: 54 Influential Puritans at the Time When the Westminster Confession of Faith Was Written; “In All Things…”
  • The Preeminence of Christ in the History of Covenant College, 1955–2005
  • Word to the World: Selected Writings of William S. Barker.


  • Dictionary of Christianity in America; Theonomy: A Reformed Critique (editor)
  • The Blackwell Dictionary of Evangelical Biography: 1730–1860
  • To Glorify and Enjoy God: A Commemoration of the 350th Anniversary of the Westminster Assembly
  • The Practice of Confessional Subscription; Sermons that Shaped America: Reformed Preaching from 1630 to 2001 (co-editor).

Representative Articles:

  • “The Resurrection of the Body,” Tenth Quarterly, 1986
  • “The Hemphill Case, Benjamin Franklin, and Subscription to the Westminster Confession,” American Presbyterians, Winter 1991
  • “The Westminster Assembly on the Days of Creation,” Westminster Theological Journal, 2000.