Rev. Dr. Kenneth J. Barnes is the Mockler-Phillips Professor of Workplace Theology and Business Ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Director of the Mockler Institute for Faith and Ethics in the Workplace (Boston, Massachusetts).
Prior to his current role, he taught theology (OUDCE) and business (SBS) at Oxford University where he also served as a chaplain and mentor to international graduate students. As part of the Oxford Character Project, the Graduate Christian Union, Trinity Forum and the Veritas Forum, he encouraged skeptical graduate students to consider the Gospel of Jesus Christ and nurtured Christian students in the integration of their faith and work.
Professor Barnes holds numerous fellowships, including: OCCC (Oxford, UK) IFES (Leuven, BE), RTC (Melbourne, AU), and in 2013 was named a Fellow in the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA). The Society was founded in 1754, and Charles Dickens, Adam Smith, Benjamin Franklin, Karl Marx, William Hogarth, John Diefenbaker, Stephen Hawking and Tim Berners-Lee are some of the notable past and present Fellows.
In addition to his academic qualifications, Dr. Barnes spent many years as a senior international executive for several multi-billion dollar companies doing business on six continents. In addition to his corporate work, he has also worked with SME’s (Small and Medium-Size Enterprises) and start-ups and continues to serve as a company director, consultant and mentor to young executives.
Professor Barnes’ main areas of research and teaching are: the intersections of theology and economics and faith at work. He has published numerous papers in the U.S., U.K. and Australia. His publication Spirituality and Business Ethics: Religious Perspectives on Business, (in the Routledge Companion to Business Ethics), is due out in 2017. Two forthcoming books include: Redeeming Capitalism: Common Grace for the Common Good (Eerdmans) and Light From the Dreaming Spires: Reflections on Ministry to Gen Y (Wipf and Stock) are both due out in 2018.
Dr. Barnes is married to Debby, a singer, songwriter and professional voice-over artist. They have three grown children: Bernadette, Christian and Julia.