The Rev. Willie N. Barnes Jr. is an anointed preacher, teacher, motivator, and pastor, committed to delivering a relevant and contemporary message focused on faith, encouragement, and empowerment.
A native of Lakeland, FL, Rev. Barnes was born to Willie Barnes Sr. and the late Janice Jones. As a child, while under the care of his grandparents, he was introduced to Jesus Christ at New Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where he served in various ministries prior to and during his collegiate journey. It was here that Rev. Barnes first began to understand that his life would be rooted in ministry and service.
In the fall of 2005, Rev. Barnes matriculated to Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU) where he majored in Public Relations and minored in Religion. During his time there, he participated in various organizations including Kappa Tau Alpha National Journalism Honor Society, White & Gold Honor Society, Presidential Scholars Association, Campus Activities Board and was elected Freshmen and Sophomore Senator as well as Junior Class President. Rev. Barnes graduated Summa Cum Laude from FAMU in the spring of 2009.
It was during his journey at FAMU, where Rev. Barnes publically and formally acknowledged his call to ordained ministry and delivered his initial sermon in 2007. Subsequently, Rev. Barnes was elected and ordained an Itinerant Elder in the Central Conference of the 11th Episcopal District.
Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, Rev. Barnes entered the Master of Divinity degree program at Yale Divinity School (YDS) in the fall of 2009 and graduated on May 21, 2012. During his time at YDS he was involved in Yale Black Seminarians, Student Council, and the Methodist Studies Committee. Currently, he is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., the Volusia County Chapter of the FAMU National Alumni Association, and the Daytona Beach Black Clergy Alliance.
In 2012, Rev. Barnes began his pastoral ministry with an appointment to Bethel A.M.E. Church, in DeLand, FL. During his time there, he led this historic congregation through a period of growth, rebranding, and community-focused ministry. As of September of 2013, Rev. Barnes is currently serving as pastor of Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church in Daytona Beach, FL.
Rev. Barnes is the proud husband to Lady Fran Reid-Barnes and is excited about how God will use their union to further advance the Kingdom of God.