Sarah Jean Barton

is a Doctor of Theology (Th.D.) Candidate at Duke Divinity School. In addition, she currently serves as a Henri Nouwen Fellow in Disability Studies and Theology at Western Theological Seminary (WTS) in Holland, MI. At WTS, Sarah teaches courses in Christian ethics, disability and theology, trauma, and pastoral care. Before her appointment at WTS, Sarah worked as a Senior Pediatric Occupational Therapist at Duke University Health System. Her areas of clinical expertise include children living with medical complexity, neuromuscular diseases of childhood and adolescent, and working with children and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Sarah’s research probes the intersection of theology and disability as well as the cultivation of clinical practices reflective of a Christian vocation in healthcare. Her dissertation research explores theologies and practices of baptism and how these relate to developing theological anthropologies robustly inclusive of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Sarah’s work is formed by engagement with the fields of disability studies and occupational therapy. She is actively involved in additional interdisciplinary research on issues including global health, spirituality, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Sarah has an M.T.S. from Duke Divinity School, an M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Boston University, and a B.S. in Biology from Seattle Pacific University.