Ronald W. Baard

 Ronald W. Baard
Address10 Colonial Drive
Brunswick, ME 04011

Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, New York Theological Seminary

B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison,
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary,
M.A., Claremont School of Theology,
Ph.D., Claremont School of Theology,

Background and Experience:
As an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, the Rev. Dr. Ron Baard has served in ministry as a local church pastor, a “generalist” pastoral counselor and consultant, and a chaplain to residents and staff at a large continuing care retirement community. For ten years he served Bangor Theological Seminary (until the seminary’s closure in 2013) as the Associate Professor of Mentored Practice (2003-2009) and more recently as the Imes-Lowry Professor of Pastoral Studies and Dean of Students. In 2014, the Board of Trustees of Bangor Theological Seminary bestowed upon him the title of Imes-Lowry Professor of Pastoral Studies, Emeritus.

His teaching and research interests include pastoral theology, pastoral care and counseling, mentoring, theology and culture, and the spiritual guidance of pastors. Dr. Baard is a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (Fellow Level), the Society for Pastoral Theology, and Spiritual Directors International.

Quote: “Effective ministry in any setting must be held up against the words of Micah: ‘To do justice, to love kindness, and walk humbly with your God.’ If our ministry in Christ’s name has integrity in these ways, then we are on the road to a life of faithful service. I believe that both Andover Newton Theological School and New York Theological Seminary, as schools of the ecumenical church, have just the right ingredients to equip persons called to ministry who sincerely desire to work at the task of integrating the gifts and graces God has given them for pastoral practice.”

Areas of Interest in Summary:

Pastoral Theology, Pastoral Care and Counseling, Theology and Culture, Mentoring and Spiritual Direction

“Men and Their Inner Healing: New Insights from Contemporary Drama and Film” in God and Popular Culture: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Entertainment Industry’s Most Influenetial Figure. Steven Butler Murray and Aimee Upjohn Light, Editors. ABC-CLIO, 2015.
“Immigration As/And Mental Illness: More Than Metaphor” in Strangers in This World: Multi-Religious Reflections on Immigration. Hussam Timani, Allen Jorgensen, and Alexander Hwang, Editors, 2015.
The New Dictionary of Pastoral Studies, Wesley Carr, Editor. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2002.
“Pastoral Counselor to the Retired” in Journeys: Magazine of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Vol. 1, No.1, Winter-Spring, 1999.

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