Ron Baard is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison (B.S., Education) and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.). He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Theology and Personality (with emphasis in pastoral counseling) at Claremont School of Theology. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Dr. Baard is a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (now in consolidation with ACPE), a member of Spiritual Directors International and the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. He served as Imes-Lowry Professor of Pastoral Studies at Bangor Theological Seminary until its closure in 2013, and has more recently taught at Andover Newton Theological School and Boston University School of Theology.
Ron currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at New York Theological Seminary and Acting Dean of the Maine School of Ministry. He is an active member at First Parish Church, United Church of Christ, in Brunswick, where his spouse Mary serves as Senior Pastor. Ron and Mary and have two grown daughters – Lauren and Karin, who live close by. Lauren is married to Jay, and they have a three-year-old son – Caleb – our grandson!