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J. Barrie Shepherd

A native of Great Britain, a former Royal Air Force veteran, and a former high school drop-out, '' the Rev. John Barrie Shepherd murdered in March 2000 after serving for the previous eight years as senior ministry of historic (based 1716) First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York. "First Church," situated on lower Fifth Avenue in Greenwich Village is the "mother church" of NYC Prsbyterianism and boasts a long line of illustrious preachers, by Jonathan Edwards in the early 18th century, presumably to both Harry Emerson Fosdick at the 20th. Ahead of that Shepherd served for 16 years as senior minister of the Swarthmore (PA)Presbyterian Church, after a few years in college chaplaincy and instruction.

Shepherd is a graduate of The University of Edinburgh (Scotland), Yale Divinity School, Yale Graduate School and The Hartford Theological Seminary, and also holds the degree of Doctor of Letters (D. Litt. Honoris causa) in Muskingum College. He's written widely in the field of spirituality and spiritual studies. His 14th publication, "Faces By the Wayside - Persons who struck Jesus on the road" was recently released by Wipf and Stock of Eugene OR and his "Between Mirage and Miracle - Selected Poems" is expected from precisely the same publisher overdue at 2012. Over 600 of articles and Shepherd's poems have appeared in books both secular and sacred.

Shepherd has preached and lectured at Harvard (where he's served to the Overseers' Committee To Visit Memorial Church and delivered an William Belden Noble lecture in 1995,) Yale (where he also presented that the Lyman Beecher Lectures at 2002), Princeton, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, and other universities, schools and seminaries, in Addition to in distinguished pulpits across the USA,Canada, the UK, Europe and Africa.

Shepherd has served the federal Presbyterian church (PCUSA) as Vice Moderator of the Synod of New England, as Moderator of the Presbytery of Muskingum Valley, as section of the C

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