Since September 2022, Barkley serves as rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Barkley is excited about returning to his home state and is enthusiastic about serving such a wonderful and faithful parish.  Previously, Barkley served as rector of Church of the Holy Apostles in Collierville, TN, and St. John’s in Roanoke, VA. Immediately before coming to St. Mark’s, he served for a decade as the dean of Christ Church Cathedral, in Houston, Texas.

Barkley’s ministry is one of preaching, teaching, and pastoral care.  His great joy is being among the people of God who yearn to know and serve God.  Barkley’s theological passion is Celtic Christianity.  In addition to teaching the Celtic Way, he regularly leads spiritual pilgrimages to Ireland, Scotland, and Northern England.

Barkley is an avid writer and has published essays in The American Journal of Philosophy & TheologyThe Journal of Pastoral TheologyThe Anglican DigestThe Living Church, Ratherview, and The Journal of the West.  His first book, Elements of Grace, was published in 2013. His second book, In the Midst of the City: The Gospel and God’s Politics was published in 2018 and won an Illumination Award Gold Medal and an Independent Book Publishers Award (“IPPY”) Silver Medal.

Barkley earned a bachelor of arts in philosophy and religion 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, TX.  He is deeply interested in interfaith dialogue and serves as the vice-present of the North American Committee for St. George’s College in Jerusalem, the Anglican Center in the Holy Land.  He is also a member and past treasurer of the Urban-Suburban Clergy Conference.

Barkley is married to Jill, and they have two college-aged children.