Tara Klena Barthel formerly served as the Director of the Institute for Christian Conciliation. As such, she oversaw hundreds of conciliation cases (including conflicted church interventions) through the ICC’s international network of trained conciliators. Tara also provided oversight and leadership for all advanced conciliator training. Currently, she serves her family as a homemaker while occasionally accepting cases as a mediator, arbitrator, and conflicted church intervention team member. Tara consults with businesses and ministries on the legal risk management issues attendant to conflict; designs and presents custom training on biblical conflict resolution for churches, missions agencies, and parachurch organizations; speaks frequently at women’s conferences and retreats; and is currently working on a variety of writing projects.
Tara is the author of the peacemaking video series Living the Gospel in Relationships and co-author of Peacemaking Women—Biblical Hope for Resolving Conflict (Baker Books, 2005) and Redeeming Church Conflicts (Baker Books, 2012; reprint Hendrickson Publishers, 2016). Prior to moving to Billings, Montana to lead The Institute for Christian Conciliation, Tara 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).
Currently enrolled at Reformed Theological Seminary and pursuing her Master’s degree in Religion, Tara has been married to her husband, Fred, for over twenty years and they have two daughters and a very friendly Golden Retriever. Fred, Tara, Sophia and Ella make their home in Billings, Montana. To stay in touch with Tara, please visit her website, blog, or friend her on FaceBook.