- Adjunct Instructor, Pastoral Care and Counseling
- B.S. University of Wisconsin, Madison (1977)
M.Div. Princeton Theological Seminary (1982)
M.A. Claremont School of Theology (1995)
Ph.D. Claremont School of Theology (1995)
A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Dr. Ron Baard is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison (B.S., Education, 1977) and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1982). He earned his M.A. (1993) and Ph.D. in Theology and Personality (with emphasis in pastoral counseling) at Claremont School of Theology in 1995. As an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, he is deeply committed to inspiring effective pastoral practice in both specialized ministry settings and the role of pastor and teacher of a congregation. His teaching and research interests include pastoral theology, pastoral care and counseling, theology and culture, and the mentoring, supervision and spiritual guidance of both active laypersons and pastors.
Over the past 25 years, Dr. Baard has served in ministry as a local church pastor, a “generalist” pastoral counselor and consultant for Arizona Interfaith Counseling (a non-profit church based pastoral counseling center in Phoenix), and as a Chaplain to residents and staff at the Orangewood Retirement Community in Phoenix. For ten years he served Bangor Theological Seminary (until the seminary’s closure in June, 2013) as the Associate Professor of Mentored Practice (2003-2009) and most recently as the Imes-Lowry Professor of Pastoral Studies and Dean of Students. He and his spouse Mary live in Brunswick, Maine. They have two grown daughters who live close by.