Houston Graduate School of Theology

Barbara Worden

Barbara Worden


Emeritus Professor of Spirituality & Gender Studies

Ph.D. from Boston University M.A. from Case Western Reserve University, 1965

About Dr. Worden

Dr. Worden, born Barbara Louise Standley in Cleveland, Ohio, was raised in the Protestant Episcopal Church. She graduated from Mt. Holyoke College with a BA in Religious Studies. Her path was set on civil rights and social justice issues by serving on the college religious activities board, which resulted in meeting Dr. Martin Luther King. In 1965, she received an MA in English at Case Western Reserve University. She then taught at Cleveland State University. In 1966 she was received into the Roman Catholic Church. While a doctoral candidate at Boston University, she was active in demonstrations against the Vietnam War and in support of civil rights. She completed her PhD in English from Boston University.

In 1968 she met Ronald Worden, and together they have taught at George Fox University, Barclay College, and Houston Graduate School of Theology. Dr. Worden is recorded as a minister in the Evangelical Friends Church, and was certified as a Spiritual Director in 1995. Among her achievements was the Miriam Project funded by the Lilly Foundation. She has been a governing board member and bilingual French translator for Friends World Committee for Consultation, and Evangelical Friends Church-Mid-America Yearly Meeting. She is a member of the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches. She and Ron have a son, Mark. Her hobbies include needlework, free-lance writing, and babysitting her granddaughter, Katlyn.

Courses Taught

BI 730: Gender in Biblical Hermeneutics

PH 661: World Religions

RE 500: Research, Writing, and Theological Learning

SF 501: Introduction to Christian Spirituality

Contact Information

Email: bworden@hgst.edu

Phone: 713-942-9505