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Dick Barnes: For Pastors

This section will describe the ministry the Lord has given me, allow you to read comments from fellow pastors, and to see a partial list of places where I have ministered. You may also listen to excerpts from live services on the music page.

As a church layman, God has placed on my heart a burden to step out and minister to those within the four walls of His congregations who are experiencing the trials and frustrations of life.
God has led me to sing songs of encouragement, reassurance and understanding. Songs telling of the love, grace and mercy of our Loving Father. Songs that speak to the hearts of the young and old alike emphasizing that whatever the trial, with God's help, we can get through it.
Though it is the norm to classify having someone come and sing as a "concert", I lead the congregation in worship services with the emphasis on worship, not entertainment. I utilize music trax, guitar, keyboard and humor to relay the message of God's love for each one of us.
This is a faith based ministry and therefore I do not request a minimum remuneration. Whatever is given in a love offering will be used toward the support of this ministry. My wife and I travel in an RV and as the Lord provides opportunities, our desire is to be obedient to His leading.
I use the analogy of each of us traveling down the road of life. On every stretch of our road we experience various trials and heartaches that require wisdom and guidance. We at times need reminding that God is the only one who knows all the potholes, detours and turns and how to negotiate them successfully. When we fail to follow the signs and stray off the path, we need to read the road map that has been graciously provided for us by our Loving Father.
Bringing the lost to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ is our number one priority, but we have within our own church walls believers who are hurting and finding it hard to fulfill that task right now. God has the answers! He provides the strength and wisdom to face head-on the storms in our lives. We all just need to be reminded sometimes.
I just wanted to thank you for your ministry to our bi-vocational pastors and spouses at the D. Moody Gunter Camp & Retreat Center. Your music was such an encouragement to all of our hearts. It is obvious that not only has God blessed you with significant musical ability, but also with the grace of a warm and sensitive spirit. We pray God's continued blessing upon you, your family, and your significant ministry to the Kingdom.
Dr. Eddie Estep, SC District Superintendent
"I have heard many who sing, even more who entertain, some who are ministers of music, but you are the only one I know who pastors through music."
Rev. Carl Possehl
"We have had so many great comments about our worship last week with you. Your music was unique and inspirational and our congregation loved it!
Pastor Bobby Humphrey
"What an absolute joy and delight to have you with us on Sunday! Your ministry to the church was a blessing beyond measure. I have never received more favorable comments from my congregation than I did from your ministry Sunday. This crowd fell in love with the Barnes family and most definately want you to return! I am convinced Brother Dick that God has thrust you out into a ministry desperately needed in all our churches."
Pastor Harry Widener
"If you have anyone hurting from anything, you need the ministry of Dick Barnes. His music and spirit touch everyone regardless of where they are in their journey with Christ. Every congregation can benefit greatly from Dick's presentation."
Pastor Mark Foster
"We enjoyed having you with us in worship today. What a blessing you were to us! May God continue to bless you and those you minister to!"
Pastor Bill Watts
"Using Dick Barnes I have found his talent and ministry to be outstanding, speaking to the hearts and needs of the people. I recommend him very highly to any church that wants to have a heartfelt and inspirational service."
Pastor Robert L. Cook
"It is my privilege to recommend to your church the ministry of Dick Barnes. His musical message was highlighted by the power of the Holy Spirit in his life and in the service. As he shared the gospel in song, the Spirit was moving and hearts were challenged and changed. It would be to the benefit of your congregation to have him come."
Pastor Judy Wimmer
"We had the privilege of worshipping with Dick in a recent Sunday service. His spirit and message through song was awesome. We were brought into the presence of God in a wonderful hour of music. Would definately recommend Dick Barnes to any church desiring to be brought into worship of God."
Pastor Ron Perry
"As a fellow minister in our beloved church for thirty-six years (thirty-two as a pastor), I believe I understand how you are constantly bombarded with musicians, singers and "wanna-be's" that request an opportunity to come to your church to minister. Dick Barnes was in a church that I pastored on the New York District a few years back. If I were still pastoring, I would certainly invite Dick for a day of music ministry to my church and congregation. Without reserve, I whole-heartedly recommend my friend, Dick Barnes to you.
Rev. Carl Sherman
"Dick Barnes is a gifted friend of pastors. He is supportive of the pastor and his role. He will encourage your church family with his genuine spirit of understanding and love. And, his voice and music are as beautiful as he is a person."
Pastor Bill Porter - former Pastor of Dick & Paula's

Some of the congregations that have experienced the moving of the Holy Spirit through this ministry of song and encouragement.

** Churches that have had Dick return or have scheduled him to return

**West Columbia First Nazarene, Columbia, SC

The Philadelphia Church, Oak Ridge, NJ

**Hendersonville First Nazarene, Hendersonville, NC

Hernando Church of the Nazarene, Hernando, FL

Christiansburg First Nazarene, Christiansburg, VA

Somerset First Nazarene, Somerset, KY

**Summerville Church of the Nazarene, Summerville, SC

**Montgomery First Church of the Nazarene, Montgomery, AL

Elon Powerline Nazarene, Elon, NC

**Hampshire View Baptist, Silver Spring, MD

Niles First Church of the Nazarene, Niles, OH

Woodstock Church of the Nazarene, Woodstock, GA

York Wesleyan Church, York, SC

Mariner's Bethel UMC, Oceanview, DE

**Kings Mountain Nazarene, King Mountain, NC

**Sumter Calvary Nazarene, Sumter, SC

**Elizabeth City Nazarene, Elizabeth City, NC

Little Rock First Church of the Nazarene, Little Rock, AR

**Warner Robins Church of the Nazarene, Warner Robins, GA

**Cornerstone Community Nazarene, Monroe, NC

Bangor Church of the Nazarene, Bangor, PA

Ocala West Nazarene, Ocala, FL

**Camden First Nazarene, Camden, SC

**New Ellenton Nazarene, New Ellenton, SC

**Greensboro White Rock Nazarene, Greensboro, NC

Winston-Salem First Nazarene, Winston-Salem, NC

**Oakdale Church of the Nazarene, Rock Hill, SC

**Manning New Start Nazarene, Manning, SC

**Statesville Church of the Nazarene, Statesville, NC

Norwood Church of the Nazarene, Norwood, NC

**York Church of the Nazarene, York, SC

**Faith Church of the Nazarene, Lugoff, SC

Parkview Church of the Nazarene, Mobile, AL

**Sumter Wise Drive Nazarene, Sumter, SC

**Pineville Church of the Nazarene, Pineville, NC

**Orangeburg First Nazarene, Orangeburg, SC

**Columbia Grace Nazarene, Columbia, SC

Winston-Salem Faith Nazarene, Winston-Salem, NC

**Concord Church of the Nazarene, Concord, NC

Cayce Church of the Nazarene, Cayce, SC

**Greensboro Southeast Nazarene, Greensboro, NC

**Salisbury Church of the Nazarene, Salisbury, NC

**Columbia Abundant Life Nazarene, Columbia, SC

Asheville First Nazarene, Asheville, NC

**Kannapolis Westside Nazarene, Kannapolis, NC

**Archdale Church of the Nazarene, Archdale, NC

**Rock Hill Grace Nazarene, Rock Hill, SC

**Charleston Calvary Nazarene, Charleston, SC

**Pelion Church of the Nazarene, Pelion, SC

**Bennettsville Church of the Nazarene, Bennettsville,SC

Winnsboro Church of the Nazarene, Winnsboro, SC

**West Columbia Central Church of the Nazarene, West Columbia, SC

Thomasville Church of the Nazarene, Thomasville, NC

Matthews Lifeline Community Nazarene, Matthews, NC

**Lancaster Sonlight Community Nazarene, Lancaster, SC

**Lighthouse Church of the Nazarene, Jacksonville, FL

**New Life Community Nazarene, Orlando, FL

**Glenwood First Church of the Nazarene, Glenwood, AR

Frederick New Beginnings Church of the Nazarene, Frederick, MD

**Forest City Church of the Nazarene, Forest City, NC

Sharpsburg First Church of the Nazarene, Sharpsburg, GA

**Charlotte Trinity Church of the Nazarene, Charlotte, NC

**Mount Jefferson Church of the Nazarene, West Jefferson, NC

Benton First Church of the Nazarene, Benton, AR

**Jacksonville Central Church of the Nazarene, Jacksonville, FL