Pastor Barnes is a 1984 graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He has served as an Evangelistic Missionary to the Gourma people of Togo, West Africa, and as pastor of congregations in Iowa, Kansas, Wyoming, Minnesota and Indiana.
He is married to Karen, and they have three grown children (Elliot, Michael, and Rebekah). They currently reside in Norwalk.
Pastor Barnes has been with Peace since 2019.