"After a nationwide search that included interviews with many gifted candidates, Sara stood out because of her ability to connect with a wide range of people, and for her love of Scripture and ability to relate it to everyday life," said Mark Davis, dean of student affairs at Pepperdine.
Barton comes from Rochester College in Rochester Hills, Michigan, where she served as assistant professor of religion.
As University chaplain, Barton will coordinate campus-wide worship services and provide pastoral care for students, faculty, and staff.
"Sara brings a sense of grace and goodness to her new role. Combined with her keen intellect and experiences as a person of deep faith, she will add measurably to campus life and the lives of our students," said Pepperdine University president Andrew Benton.
Barton received a bachelor's degree in English from Harding University; a master's degree in spiritual formation and leadership from Spring Arbor University; and she's currently pursuing a doctor of ministry degree at Lipscomb University.