The Rev. James Barney Hawkins IV, Ph.D. is the co-director of the Bicentennial Campaign and the Arthur Carl Lichtenberger Professor in Pastoral Theology and Continuing Education. From 2008-2013, he was Associate Dean for the Center for Anglican Communion Studies. He also served as the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program from 2000-2007. He is the Honorary Associate at Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, Alexandria, Virginia.
Before joining the faculty, Hawkins served four Episcopal congregations: as lay pastoral assistant at St Philip’s, Durham, NC (1976-1979); as Associate at Trinity, Asheville, NC (1979-1981); as Rector at Ascension, Hickory, NC (1981-1995) and as Rector at Redeemer, Baltimore, MD (1995-2000). He was an adjunct religion professor at Lenoir-Rhyne College (ELCA) in Hickory, North Carolina from 1982 to 1995.
Hawkins was ordained a deacon on June 30, 1979, and a priest on May 3, 1980, by the Rt. Rev. William G. Weinhauer in the Diocese of Western North Carolina. He has a B.A. in history from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina and earned the M.Div. from Duke Divinity School in 1974 with one year as a special student at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. In 1981, he completed the requirements for a Ph.D. in Graduate Studies in Religion at Duke University. His dissertation was “The Colonial Commissary in Church and State: Alexander Garden and the Historical Roots of the Vestry in the American Church.”
Hawkins has served on the boards of Episcopal Relief and Development and Kanuga Conferences, Inc. Presently he serves as president on the North American Committee of St. George’s College, Jerusalem.
His publications include the books Christ and Culture: Communion After Lambeth and Staying One, Remaining Open: Education Leaders for a 21st Century Church, as well as a portfolio of sermons (1976-pres.), book reviews and articles in parish newsletters and the Seminary Journal. He is a contributor to the Lectionary Commentary Series edited by David L. Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor and published by Westminster John Knox Press.
Hawkins has been married since 1975 to the Rev. Linda Wofford Hawkins, an Episcopal priest. They have two grown children and are happy travelers and avid gardeners. They cherish time at their Blue Ridge Mountain home in the western corner of South Carolina.