MIDLOTHIAN, VA, November 26, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Jonathan Miller Barton with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Mr. Barton celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
With more than 40 years of professional experience to his credit, Mr. Barton found much success as a general minister at the Virginia Council of Churches in Richmond from 2000 to 2018. Previously, he served as an associate regional director for Church World Service in Rocky Hill, New Jersey, between 1983 and 1985, and a regional director for the branch of the same organization located in Richmond from 1985 until 2000. Prior to these appointments, he was active as a consultant for the World Hunger Education Services in 1983, and a Hunger Action Enabler for the Presbytery of Newton office of the Presbyterian Church of the United States from 1978 to 1982, and the resident director at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, between 1977 and 1981. Mr. Barton began his career as an assistant chaplain at the aforementioned university from 1976 until 1978.
From 2002 to 2018, Mr. Barton testified before members of both the House and Senate Committees in order to gain federal recognition for six Native American tribes in Virginia, a highlight of his career. He also contributed as a member of the coordinator committee for the New Jersey State Food Conference in 1979 and a special assistant to the coordinator of the United States National Committee for World Food Day from 1981 until 1983, among several other committee positions he held throughout the 1980s. Since 2015, Mr. Barton has been active as a member of the board of directors for LifeNet Health, the world's most trusted provider of transplant solutions for more than 35 years, and was further the co-founder and the chairman of the Madison, New Jersey chapter of Amnesty International between 1976 and 1980, a member of the board of directors for the Virginia Interfaith Center Public Policy from 1987 to 1993, and the founding member of the board of directors for the Virginia Hunger Foundation from 1992 until 1995.
Mr. Barton prepared for his career by earning a Bachelor of Arts in psychology at Kean College in Union, New Jersey, in 1974 after studying at Union College in Cranford, New Jersey, from 1970 to 1972. He pursued the aforementioned major because, while studying at the college, he took a psychology course and discovered that he was interested in understanding human beings, particularly through the research of such giants in the field as Carl Jung, Carl Rogers, Erik Erikson, Erich Fromm, and Rollo May. However, he eventually realized he was not interested in the quantitative aspect of the subject and gravitated more toward what bonded all of his psychologist heroes — a theological degree. He became ordained to the ministry by the Elizabeth Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1981 in order to continue his journey of analyzing the human mind, which then fostered an engagement in human rights activism. Mr. Barton obtained a Master of Divinity from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, in 1978 and completed his studies at Virginia Union University, Richmond, Virginia, where he received a Doctor of Ministry in 2014.
Outside of his primary appointments, Mr. Barton held the role of a regional editor of "Virginia Steps" from 1985 to 1995 and has contributed several articles to a wide variety of publications in the field. Additionally, he has been associated with the Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives, the State Ecumenical Executives, and the Presbyterian Hunger Program. In light of his exceptional accomplishments, he has also accrued several accolades and honors throughout his selfless career. He was notably presented with a Lighthouse Award from the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia in 1993, a Vigil Honor by the Order of Arrow in 1968, and a C.J. Helen Service Award from Miquin Lodge #68, part of the Watchung Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, in 1967. Mr. Barton has also been featured in myriad Who's Who publications, including "Who's Who in America" and "Who's Who in the World."
Upon reflection of his robust life and career, Mr. Barton is particularly proud of the work he conducted at LifeNet and the United Network for Organ Sharing with his late daughter, Katherine, an organ donor whose story became a voice for organ and tissue donation. In the aftermath of the tragedy, he self-published a number of books for his family members and friends titled "Katie's Book of Proverbs" comprised of a collection of quotes and sayings that had special meaning for his daughter. Mr. Barton was married to his late wife, Elizabeth Wood Stark, an accomplished educator and specialist, for 25 years.
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