Eric D. Barreto
2019 Distinguished Guest Preacher

March 24, 2019

Lecture @ 9:30 a.m.
Sermon @ 11 a.m.
Lunch and Discussion @ 12 p.m.

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.

History of GPC’s Annual Preaching Series

Inaugurated in 2013, The Georgetown Presbyterian Church’s Guest Preacher Weekend seeks to offer spiritual and intellectual enrichment, hospitality and fellowship to our church community and our friends and neighbors in the Washington, DC area.

In September 2013, we proudly welcomed the Rev. Dr. John M. Buchanan, editor of The Christian Century and a respected leader of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), as our inaugural speaker. Dr. Buchanan offered reflections on the continuing role of the church in the world and on recent developments in the Mainline Protestant movement.

In February 2015, we welcomed our second preacher, Rev. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean, who spoke to us about the importance of telling our faith stories and making intergenerational connections in our congregations. She highlighted the risk that many of our young people in churches believe less in Christianity than they do in a Moralistic Therapeutic Deism.

In February 2016, we welcomed our third speaker, Dr. Miroslav Volf, the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology, and Founding Director, Yale Center for Faith & Culture at Yale Divinity School. A native of Osikek, Croatia, Dr. Volf studied under the renowned German theologian Jürgen Moltmann. Dr. Volf’s career has been animated by his work on the Trinity, applying Trinitarian theology to help resolve entrenched conflicts between communities, including between Serbs and Croats, Muslims and Christians, among denominations and between the realms of the sacred and secular.

In March 2017, we welcomed our fourth speaker, Rev. Dr. Brian Blount, President of Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. Specializing in Luke, Mark, and Revelations, Dr. Blount served in the New Testament department at Princeton Theological Seminary before becoming the President of Union Seminary in Richmond, VA.  An ordained Presbyterian minister, he has published multiple biblical studies and homiletic books. He gave a sermon on “Resurrection and the Walking Dead.”

In March 2018, we welcomed our fifth speaker, Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black, the first African-American chaplain in the 229-year history of the U.S. Senate. Prior to serving as the Senate  Chaplain,  he  served  in  the  U.S.  Navy  for over twenty-seven years, ending his distinguished career as the Chief of Navy Chaplains.


Click on the below gallery to view images from our weekend with Rev. Dr. John M. Buchanan in 2013.

Click on the below gallery to view images from our weekend with Rev. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean, February 2015.
To access our video archive of Dr. Dean’s lecture, please visit

Click on the below gallery to view images from our weekend with Dr. Miroslav Volf, February 2016.
To access our video archive of Dr. Volf’s lecture and sermon, please visit To view more images from our event, please visit our Flickr album.