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Pastor Kenneth L. Barney Sr.

 
Pastor Kenneth L. Barney and his high school sweetheart, Ellen P. Barney, have been happily married for forty-nine years. God has blessed them with three children, Kenny Jr., Teresa, and Curtis, and twelve grandchildren. Pastor Barney accepted our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as his personal savior in April 1974.
 
He is a graduate of the Washington Bible College in Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pastoral Theology. He graduated from the Capital Bible Seminary in Maryland with a Master of Arts degree in theology and English Bible. Pastor Barney has also completed courses in pastoral counseling at Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland. In January 2005, Pastor Barney was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity by the National Clergy Council under the auspices of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church-USA. In September 2014, Pastor Barney was unanimously voted into the membership of the Corporation of Lancaster Bible College and Seminary and is humbled to serve on the Board of Trustees of this outstanding institution. He is the first African American to be appointed to the position of trustee since its establishment in 1932.
 
For the past forty years, Pastor Barney has been shepherding New Antioch Baptist Church of Randallstown, Maryland, formerly known as Oakcrest Community Baptist Church in Laurel, Maryland. He initiated, promoted, and continues to serve in New Antioch’s street evangelism program and discipleship and men’s ministries. Pastor Barney delivered the keynote address at the 7th annual National Memorial for the Pre-Born, sponsored by the National Clergy Council of the National Pro-Life Religious Council and held at the U.S. Senate Russell Building. In October 2004 Pastor Barney traveled to Morocco with a U.S. delegation invited by King Mohammed VI. They participated in a Muslim-Evangelical Christian dialogue with Moroccan heads of government, university students, and others. He was the only African-American representative in the delegation. The purpose was to develop friendship between the Muslim community in Morocco and the Christian community of the United States. He is also an alumnus of the 2008 “Oxford Round Table” held at the University of Oxford, England. He had the honor of participating as a “Discussion Leader” in the Round Table Discussion segment.
 
The Lord has led Pastor Barney to write two books, The Visitor and Bouncing Back, for which he has received an excellent response from readers.
 
Although Pastor Barney loves and honors the Lord in his stewardship as pastor, one of his deepest passions is evangelism. Pastor Barney shares the Gospel nationally and internationally with whomever God brings him into contact.
 
His main goal, as a born again believer and a man of God, is and has been for over forty-two years to honor the Lord Jesus Christ by surrendering his life to Him daily, by living his life in a way that will bring honor and glory to God, and by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He has consistently loved the Lord and His people; he is thankful to God for the opportunity to be His servant. Pastor Barney’s life verse is Romans 1:16For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.