• Cultural Anthropology
  • Contextualization
  • Church Planting
  • Global Theology


  • PhD Intercultural Studies – Trinity International University
  • MDiv in Cross-Cultural Studies – Columbia International University
  • BS Mechanical Engineering – University of South Carolina


Rev. Dr. Ron Barber joined the faculty at IGSL in 2016 after 23 years of church planting in Japan with The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM) and three years of teaching at Eastwest College of Intercultural Studies in New Zealand. Aside from being a missionary, he is an ordained minister of Columbia Evangelical Church.

Presently, he is Chair of Intercultural Studies Discipline at IGSL and mentors students in the areas of leadership and ministry as an Iron Sharpening Group (ISG) leader. Besides teaching courses in intercultural studies, he serves in IGSL as a member of the Innovation strategic team.

Dr. Barber wrote a research article entitled, “Host-directed Short-term Missions: Interviews with Japanese liaisons”, published in Missiology. He also co-wrote a chapter, “Culture and the Missional Engagement with Good and Evil: What We Learned About Contextualization from J. Robertson McQuilkin”, in the book Transformed from Glory to Glory.

He is married to Amy Barber, and they are both from the United States. They have three grown children, Natasha, Stephanie, and Justin, as well as three grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoys playing any type of sports, especially basketball.