WILLIAM BARKER, M.Div., Ph.D
“I am passionate about the Christian liberal arts,” says the Rev. Dr. William D. Barker ’98, director of the Global Honors Institute and the Global Honors Scholars Program. “Gordon College played an important role in fashioning that passion in my own life.” Dr. Barker is thrilled to be back at Gordon College in the role of professor and program director, teaching and nurturing students academically and spiritually. Along with passion, he brings a Christ-centered vision for the Global Honors Institute that seeks to cultivate a biblical concept of honor and an ever-deepening love of God that is expressed through faith and virtue.
Dr. Barker brings to the position an extensive depth and range of experiences as a scholar, teacher, pastor and entrepreneur in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. He completed a Ph.D. in Ancient Middle Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Cambridge (England) and is the author of Isaiah’s Kingship Polemic: An Exegetical Study in Isaiah 24–27 (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014) and the forthcoming The Eschatological Banquet in the Hebrew Bible, Early Judaism and Christianity (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, publication anticipated in 2017). He was a contributing author to Zondervan's Archaeological Study Bible.
Dr. Barker and his wife Sara have two children.
TRUDY SUMMERS, M.A.
Trudy Summers serves as the Programs Manager for the Global Honors Institute and a co-leader for the Global Honors Scholars Program. Trudy has an M.A. in clinical psychology from Wheaton College and an M.A. in theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She has worked as a counselor, teacher, and mentor for over 25 years in the inner cities of Chicago, Nashville, Boston, and most recently, Gloucester, MA– where she founded her own non-profit organization and counseling practice. Trudy’s interests center around the intersection of psychology and theology, and the therapeutic and formative power of Christian community as it relates to identity and spiritual formation. She resides in Gloucester, MA where she enjoys renovating her house, extending hospitality, and being a member of the Orthodox Congregational Church in Lanesville, where she teaches, provides pastoral care, and leads retreats.