Discipline Chair, Intercultural Studies
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Contextualization
  • Church Planting
  • Global Theology
  • PhD Intercultural Studies, 2010
    Trinity International University
  • MDiv in Cross-Cultural Studies, 1985
    Columbia International University
  • BS Mechanical Engineering, 1980
    University of South Carolina

Rev. Dr. Ron Barber is the Chair of the Intercultural Studies Discipline at IGSL, and mentors students in the areas of leadership and ministry as an Iron Sharpening Group (ISG) leader. He 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.

Ron 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 have three grown children, Natasha, Stephanie, and Justin, as well as four grandchildren. In his free time, Ron enjoys playing any type of sports, especially basketball.