About The Very Reverend Barkley Thompson

Barkley in pew 2016

Since February 2013, Barkley serves as the eighth dean and twentieth rector of historic downtown Christ Church Cathedral, the oldest church in Houston, Texas, and the cathedral church of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.  A vibrant, growing parish of 3,000 members, Christ Church has served for more than 175 years as a testament to the presence of God in the midst of the city.

Prior to Houston, Barkley served as the rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in downtown Roanoke, Virginia.  Barkley began his vocation as rector of the Church of the Holy Apostles in Collierville, Tennessee (a suburb of Memphis).  A “re-start” parish that moved from the city to the suburbs, Holy Apostles grew from 40 to over 400 members and constructed the first new Episcopal church in West Tennessee in over a decade.

Barkley is an avid writer and has published essays in The American Journal of Philosophy & TheologyThe Journal of Pastoral TheologyThe Anglican DigestThe Living Church, and Ratherview.   His first book, Elements of Grace, was published in December 2013 by Trinity Books.  Barkley also preaches and teaches around the country and serves on interfaith panels with leaders from other religious traditions.  Barkley chairs the boards of The Beacon, Houston’s largest empowerment day center for the homeless, and the Hines Center for Spirituality & Prayer. He also serves on the North American Committee for St. George’s College-Jerusalem, the Anglican Center in the Holy Land.

Barkley earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy & Religion, magna cum laude, from Hendrix College; a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from The University of Chicago; and a Master of Divinity from The Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, on whose board of trustees he serves.  He is married to Jill, and they have two children.

7 thoughts on “About The Very Reverend Barkley Thompson

  1. Barkely, one of the GRATS here. The sermon about Pop and Abraham spoke to me where I am right now on the road. My search is taking me to areas of deep thought and questions. You helped me to remember that God will be waiting for me at the end of my quest. Charlotte Mellling

  2. Dear Barkley ~~ I can’t tell you what a joy it is to see the photo of you standing in the pulpit of Christ Church Cathedral! It is the exclamation point at the completion of our search for a new dean. We are blessed by your presence with us and we look forward to the journey ahead. God’s peace ~~

  3. Fr. Barkely
    I just read your sermon on the Boston Bombing. It was an uplifting sermon and helps me to remember that God is waiting for all of us who accept him.
    I am sorry you are not with us any more, but equally glad that you love where you are. Thank you for getting Saint John’s going again we are still going full steam ahead.
    Jessica Canfield

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  5. My days as a ‘quasi-Episcpalian’ [1973-1982] while licensed by William Marmion to represent the Diocese of Southwesern Virginia came to an end before you came to St. John’s, and not sure we ever met, but we certainly have a ‘meeting place’ with Marcus Borg. We shared a common ‘Lutheran’ heritage as well as the ‘historical’ ones that saw Jesus in a new light. His experience so paralleld my own that I bought copies of “Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time” and sent them to members of my extended family as a way for them to better understand my own journey. His fairly recent cooperative work with John Dominic Crossan, especially”The First Paul,” cuts to contemporary issues dealing with the global conflicts produced by ‘USA imperialism’ and, subliminally, invites ‘the Church’ in the USA to reject the claims of ‘Caesar’ and to pursue a more radical testimony to the meaning of ‘Jesus is Lord!’

  6. I am enjoying reading your blog. Just reading your blog brings me back to my days at EDS when I gave you a brief chapel tour and of my days back in Southwestern Virginia. I was so glad for you when I heard of your new call with the cathedral. I wish you all the best

  7. I enjoyed reading your blog on the Council of Carthage. You really brought the debate into the 21st century. I think you will enjoy my thesis on Celestius. I also want to do some research on Julian of Eclanum. Have you studied him at all?

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