Jonathan Barton– was trained in psychology at Kean College in Union, NJ (’74), and received a Master of Divinity degree from Drew Theological Seminary in Madison, NJ (’78). He was ordained by the Elizabeth Presbytery in 1981. Rev. Barton completed his Doctor of Ministry in 2014 at the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology of Virginia Union University.
In 1979, Reverend Barton traveled with Church World Service to Central America where he visited several rural and urban areas in Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Honduras (an account of this experience was published in an article “Revelations to a Hunger Action Enabler”). In 1981, he traveled to Puerto Rico as part of an Education/Mission team from Drew Theological Seminary. Jon traveled to Haiti, Dominican Republic and Jamaica early in 1986. In November of 1991, Mr. Barton traveled to Thailand, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. In October of 1996 traveled to Armenia, Croatia, and Bosnia. Rev. Barton traveled to Chiang Mai, Thailand as a member of the U.S. delegation to the 12th meeting of the Asian Conference of Christian Churches. He went on to survey tsunami relief efforts in Sri Lanka. Mr. Barton began work with Church World Service in 1983 as Associate Regional Director and served as the CWS Regional Director for Virginia from 1985 to 2000. On June 1, 2000 he became the General Minister for the Virginia Council of Churches. Jonathan is the sixth person to serve in this position during the Council’s over seventy year history. The Virginia Council of Churches represents 38 Governing Bodies of 18 different Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Communions within the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Previous to joining the Council staff, he served as the Hunger Action Enabler for the Presbyterian Church (USA) in the Elizabeth, Newark and Newton Presbyteries. Rev. Barton served in Washington, DC as the Assistant Coordinator for the National Committee for World Food Day, a United Nations program begun October 16, 1981. He has also served as a consultant to World Hunger Education Service. He has represented the New Jersey Council of Churches, testifying before a Senate Subcommittee in support of the U.S. National Academy of Peace. He served on the board of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and a member of the Concern Area of Direct Ministries of the Virginia Council of Churches. He served as the moderator for the Mission and Service Division of the Presbytery of the James 1987-1993. Currently Rev. Barton serves on the Board of Directors for the Emmanuel Christian Institue and the Board of Directors for LifeNet Health, Inc working with organ and tissue donation.
Rev Barton is listed in the 13th Edition of “Who’s Who in the World” (1996) and the 24th Edition of “Who’s Who in the South and Southwest” (1995/96).
Jonathan is married to Elizabeth Wood Stark, he has a daughter, Katie (10/1/1985 – 6/20/2003) and two step daughters Liza and Archer Stark.