Bill Barron pic for web

Dr. Barron was born in Columbia, South Carolina on November 18, 1942. He graduated from Eufaula (Alabama) High School in 1960, Davidson College in 1964, Columbia Theological Seminary, Cum Laude in 1967, and Columbia Theological Seminary, D. Min. in 1983. He was ordained in St. John’s Presbytery (Florida) – July 1967, and installed as Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian, Sanford. Dr. Barron also served St. Luke’s Presbyterian, Titusville, Florida and First Presbyterian, Marianna, Florida before being called to Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian in March 1981. He retired in June 2008 and became Pastor Emeritus in August 2012.  Member of the second Leadership Knoxville class; he is an avid golfer, tennis player and over-all sports enthusiast.  He has been happily married to Eleanor Warr Barron since 1967. They have three grown children: Richard, Walt, and Meg; and eight grandchildren.


Some of the ways in which he has served the Knoxville community:  Red Cross Board, Junior League Advisory Committee; Webb School of Knoxville committees and activities; Habitat for Humanity Board Member; leadership in joint city-wide religious organizations and activities. Speaker at national conferences for FCA, conducted training events and special services for Synod, presbyteries and local congregations throughout the Southeast.  Dr. Barron currently leads the Ministry of the Laity Bible Study.

PCUS/PCUSA Responsibilities

St. John’s Presbytery – Moderator 1976-77; Chairman of Nominating Committee and Stewardship and Budget Committee.  Served on various other committees.

Florida Presbytery – Chairman of Resourcing Division, Chairman of

Stewardship Committee, Presbytery Chairman of Capital

Campaign for Columbia Seminary.

Presbytery of East Tennessee – Chairman, Church Support Committee;

Board Member, Shannondale Health Care Center; Administration and

Stewardship Division; Member of General Council; Chairman,

Candidates and Professional Ministry Division, Examinations

Committee; Chairman, Examinations and Validation of Ministry

Division; served on several appointed commissions.  Chairman,

Candidates and Professional Ministry Division.

Served on the Board of Directors of ColumbiaTheological Seminary.