Meet the Director of MA in Spiritual Formation:  Rev. Cliff T. Winters PhD

April 28, 2023

Welcome to the new Director of MA in Spiritual Direction, Dr. Cliff Winters.

Dr. Cliff Winters

Dr. Winters received his doctorate in New Testament from Asbury Theological Seminary. He pastored for twenty years and is presently Teaching Pastor at New England Chapel in Franklin, MA.

He will be teaching Spiritual Formation in Biblical Perspective, Spiritual Formation and the Transformational Journey, Spiritual Classics: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Work, Soul Shepherding: The Role of the Christian Leader in the Development of Others’ Souls, and Ministry to Community.

Dr. Winters says he looks forward to navigating the “vagaries of the spiritual life alongside students. I love transformation,” he says. “I love to see life-setting lights come on.”

Dr. Winter’s dissertation, “Argument is War: Relevance-Theoretic Comprehension of the Conceptual Metaphor of War in the Apocalypse,” which was published by Brill in September 2020, in their Linguistics Biblical Studies series.  He has also authored other scholarly articles and likes to spend his summers digging some of the most iconic archaeological sites in Israel, including Jerusalem (Mount Zion), Ashkelon, Tel Rehov, and Tel Dor.

Fun fact: Dr. Winters was an extra in the movie “We Are Marshall,” with Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox, which was filmed mostly in downtown Huntington.

The Spiritual Formation Concentration (MASF) at Barclay College recognizes that fulfillment in life and effectiveness in ministry increase as a person is shaped and conformed into the image of Christ. With a distinctive integration of Christian theology, Christian spirituality, and Christian community, any church leader and follower of Christ will be stirred, challenged, and find personal benefit in this concentration.

Graduate Studies at Barclay College offers a Masters of Arts in Theology degree. The interdisciplinary model combines core Bible and theology courses with a choice of nine concentrations: Spiritual Formation, Transformational Leadership, Pastoral Ministries, Practical Theology, Family Ministries, Quaker Studies, Missional Multiplication, Biblical Translation, and Sports Outreach.

The Graduate Studies degree is academically rigorous and fully accredited. Coursework is completely online with relevant research and field experience to meet a student’s professional goals.

Outstanding professors and practitioners from around the country are committed to shepherd the learning experience. The community of online participants offers a shared experience with cohorts, even though hundreds of miles apart.

The Graduate Studies program can be completed in only two years (four semesters) and is affordably priced. with scholarships available. Barclay College’s financial aid department helps students find the financial package that works best for them.

Students interested in Graduate Studies at Barclay College may contact or (800) 862-0226. More information is available at  To apply see

Barclay College, in Haviland, KS, provides on-campus and online undergrad programs, and a Master of Arts in Theology online with eight ministry concentrations. Barclay emphasizes a biblical foundation for evangelical faith traditions and offers Full Tuition Scholarships to dorm residents.

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