Eric D. Barreto

2019 Distinguished Guest Preacher

Sunday, March 24, 2019

9:30 a.m.Lecture on “Believing and Belonging in Luke-Acts.”

11:00 a.m.Sermon: “The We God Wants Us to Be”

12:00 p.m.Lunch & Discussion

Child care will be provided during the lecture and worship service.

A free lunch will be served after worship.

On Sunday, March 24, we will welcome Princeton Seminary Professor Eric Barreto as the sixth in GPC’s annual Distinguished Guest Preacher series. Dr. Barreto will lecture and preach on “Believing and Belonging in Luke-Acts.” His lecture will be at 9:30 a.m. in the Georgetown Room, with a sermon to follow in the 11:00 a.m. worship service.

Professor Barreto writes: “Survey after survey demonstrates that ethnic diversity is only increasing in recent days and yet many of our churches remain culturally homogeneous. What might a church that invites diversity look like? We will turn to the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles to wonder together how God’s gift of diversity might take root in our lives together. Too often, our tendency has been to imagine that our faith ‘solves’ the ‘problems’ of diversity by making us all one, the same. In contrast, the author of Luke-Acts views our differences as a gift to be treasured, not a difficulty to be overcome.”

Since 2016 Eric Barreto has served as Weyerhaeuser Associate Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary. He taught previously at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, MN. He holds a Ph.D. in Religion from Emory University, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts from Oklahoma Baptist University.

An ordained Baptist minister, Barreto aims to put his biblical scholarship at the service of the church as it wrestles with today’s issues. He is the author of Ethnic Negotiations: The Function of Race and Ethnicity in Acts 16, co-author of Exploring the Bible, and editor of Reading Theologically. He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post,,, and Barreto has also been a leader in the Hispanic Theological Initiative Consortium.