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Dr. Barbara Pemberton


Professor of Christian Missions
Director of OBU's Carl Goodson Honors Program
(870) 245-5541

Ph.D. - Baylor University in World Religions
M.A. - Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Theology/Philosophy of Religion
B.A. - University of Mississippi in Comparative Religion

I have been at OBU since spring '02.  I spend Christmas & summer breaks in Saudi Arabia studying Islam.  During the months of school I travel to churches and other groups to speak on other religions, primarily Islam.  I love sponsoring groups on campus, especially our Pruet Sisterhood, which consists of all our young women at Pruet either majoring or minoring in Christian Studies (around 100, I think!).  My husband and I are members of Second Baptist, Arkadelphia.

Professional organizations

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion
  • Evangelical Theological Society


"Islam and the Bible" in the Apologetics Study Bible , Broadman-Holman Publishing, 2007


  • Lavell Cole Most Inspirational Professor Award (02-03)
  • Lavell Cole Most Inspirational Professor Award (07-08)

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