Bishop Dr. Barbara Lewis King, affectionately called “Dr. Barbara,” is the Founder Minister/World Spiritual Leader of Hillside International Truth Center, Inc., a nondenominational, ecumenical ministry headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Hillside began with a prayer group of twelve in Dr. Barbara’s home in 1971. Now, in its 41st year, Hillside is one of the larger New Thought Centers in the world.
Dr. Barbara is a native of Houston, Texas. She has a bachelor’s degree from Texas Southern University, a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Atlanta University, and several honorary doctorate degrees. She began following her dream of becoming a minister as the program administrator at Christ Universal Temple under her spiritual mentor, Reverend Dr. Johnnie Colemon. She is an ordained minister, a professionally trained social work administrator, has served as dean of community relations at Malcolm X College in Chicago, was a college instructor as well as dean of students at Spelman College, and an administrator at Emory Mental Health Center in Atlanta. With a continued belief in lifelong learning, Bishop Dr. Barbara completed all academic requirements to receive her Doctorate of Ministry from the Ecumenical Theological Seminary of Detroit, Michigan which she was awarded on June 2, 2012.
Dr. Barbara King has authored nine books and monographs, including the widely acclaimed Transform Your Life; Piddlin’ for the Soul; How to Have a Flood and Not Drown, What Is a Miracle? Love Your Body Temple; Giving Is Receiving; The Church: A Matter of Consciousness and Prosperity That Can’t Quit. She is also a major contributor to A New Thought for A New Millenium and Wake Up…Live the Life You Love in Spirit. Bishop King has written several magazine articles and essays and is currently writing her autobiography for future publication.
Dr. Barbara has hosted her own television program, “A New Thought, A New Life,” and has appeared as a guest on shows produced by Oprah Winfrey and Tavis Smiley. She has been called upon to offer commentary on national news programs. She has given guidance and counsel to heads of state, and participated in White House conferences and consultation with several Presidents of the United States.
Bishop King is one of the foremost spiritual leaders of the 21st century. She continues to receive numerous honors, awards, and recognition from some of the nation’s most prestigious organizations. In 2001 Dr. Barbara Lewis King received the highest honor ever bestowed upon a woman as she was enstooled as the first female chief at Assin Nsuta, Ghana, West Africa. Her stool name is Nana Yaa Twumwaa I.
In honor and recognition of nearly 50 years of service to God’s people everywhere, and the thousands of people she taught, trained and ministered at Hillside International Chapel and Truth Center, Inc., the International College of Bishops assembled and did duly consecrate Dr. Barbara to the sacred office of Bishop. On September 26, 2010 all of the privileges, honors, and biblical authority associated with the title worldwide were bestowed upon her and Bishop Barbara King made history as the first New Thought minister to be officially and duly consecrated to the Episcopal office of Bishop. On January 28, 2011, as “a permanent tribute…to the foot soldiers who waged the fight for equality and human dignity,” Bishop King’s footsteps were added to the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia.
In February 2011, the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference presented her with the “Beautiful Are Their Feet’ award which honors men and women throughout the international religious community “whose steps God has ordered and whose works are worthy to be praised” for accepting the role of servant leadership.
In July 2011, Bishop King spoke before 50,000 people representing over 151 countries at the World Culture Festival of the Art of Living as they celebrated their 30th Year at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany. This was a global program viewed by millions via webcast and live telecast. In February, 2012, Bishop King delivered the culminating address at the International Women’s Conference in Bangalore, India to over 1,000 women who had gathered from various countries around the globe.
Bishop Dr. Barbara Lewis King continues to create a legacy that heals hearts and transforms lives.