Tara Klena Barthel formerly served as the Director of the Institute for Christian Conciliation, a division of Peacemaker Ministries. As such, she oversaw the delivery of all conciliation services and advanced conciliator training. Currently, she serves her family as a homemaker while regularly mediating, writing, and speaking at conferences and retreats.
Prior to moving to Billings, Montana to join the staff of Peacemaker Ministries, she worked as an attorney and business consultant in Chicago. Tara earned her law degree and M.B.A. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and her B.A. in psychology from Augustana College (Illinois). Baker Books published Tara’s first two books: Peacemaking Women—Biblical Hope for Resolving Conflict and Redeeming Church Conflicts, and Peacemaker Ministries released her video series: The Peacemaking Church Women’s Study—Living the Gospel in Relationships. Tara also serves as an Adjunct Instructor and Certified Christian Conciliator™ with Peacemaker Ministries, and a consultant to businesses and Christian ministries.
Tara has served on three short-term missions projects (Estonia, Slovenija, and Outer Mongolia) and she enjoys SCUBA diving with her husband, Frederick. Tara, Fred, and their daughters Sophia and Ella are members of Rocky Mountain Community Church (PCA) where Fred serves as a deacon.