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The Barnabas Project

In an effort to provide denominational services and connections as close to the field as possible, a team of Field Representatives to provide personal connections to General Baptist pastors. The Barnabas Project intends to establish personal connections to General Baptist pastors through regular, planned contact.

These Field Representatives have agreed to make personal contact with the pastors in their care by a phone call or by in-person conversation two to three times annually. They will address the specific areas of concern identified by the executive director while also being sensitive to the needs and concerns of the pastors in their assigned group.  

As much as possible the current listing of General Baptist pastors has been divided into regional listings with some specialized groupings. Some of the regions are small enough geographically that the field representative will be able to attend Presbytery and Ordaining Council meetings to establish direct, personal connections. In other regions contact will be primarily by phone.

For more information or to provide updated contact information please contact: Congregational Ministries at 573-785-7746 or by e-mail.

  • David Evans - Tecumseh, MO

    I have been blessed in the Barnabas Project by the selection of this team. The group itself reveals well thought out members offering their regions special and unique perspectives from the pastor’s special talent and needs. I receive blessings from other pastors when I pray for them to be blessed. It is a blessing to see the motives and godly mission they display by wanting their churches to grow in numbers, in spirit, and in God’s word. 

    The road map of ministry includes calling, preparation, active service and finally the time of rest when tested and tried servants share their journey. The Barnabas project also has a road map of service. There are signs on the pastor’s map that he/she may need extra support. The road sign on the map of each minister’s journey may be grief and loss, disappointments, emotional problems, family struggles or even self-destructive behavior. It may even be pastoral burnout (giving out of self, without refilling, or lack of family support). Each minister can be vulnerable and all ministers seem to have a case of compassion-fatigue at some point in time.

      My heroes have always been ‘preachers’, pastors and men of God standing on principle. It has been my desire to have a journey filled with successful ministry that mentors others, not perfect but humble, obedient and supportive, filled with unconditional love. I continue to have the desire to learn from these godly men working in the vineyard of life. The Map is laid out. Life’s journey is before us not behind us and the obstacles can be turned into blessings.

  • Don Key - Westmoreland, TN

    As to being a part of the Barnabas Project, I have found it to be a personal blessing to get to talk to the men of God who serve our churches. Most of the guys on my list are bi-vocational. They are trying to work a secular job, raise a family and see to the spiritual needs of their respective congregations. Most of the phone calls they get are not positive. It is usually about someone who has died, is sick, in the hospital or upset and leaving the church. Rarely do they get phone calls that are encouraging.

    I get to be the one who calls and says, "Thank You. How can I pray for you? How can I help you?” Most of the answers are the same, there’s not enough time, not enough volunteers, leadership training that needs to be done or just being able to balance all the responsibilities that go along with bi-vocational ministry. However, just to hear an encouraging word and a sympathetic voice means a lot to these men. Over and over they tell me, "I needed this today.” or "Thanks for the encouragement.” How wonderful to be able to tell a person who is giving his life to family, community, job and church that they are doing a good job and are appreciated.

    Seriously, my life has been impacted by getting to be an encourager. Each time I pray with a pastor my own life is strengthened, my circle of friends becomes larger (Prayer of Jabez) and I am encouraged myself.

  • Jeff Little - Mishawaka, IN

    I am thankful to be part of this ministry. I am a pastor and I have a heart for other pastors. Beyond this, I am inspired by the faithful people who have served many years in ministry, some under adverse and challenging settings. In spite of these challenges, the pastors keep on serving! They serve in out-of-the-way places that won’t make headlines in the daily papers. 

    I’m also struck by the fact that each of these ministers have expressed a passion to see more people come to know Christ. I’ve noticed that most of these servants aren’t asking for help from the denomination like I had anticipated they would. What they seem to desire is that someone give value to them as people and connect with them person-to- person. It seems this type of effort in being personal and personally interested in local leaders touches them where they live. 

    It is interesting to learn some of the more personal stories like the brother who attends county fairs to share the gospel from a booth. Another pastor told of going to Africa and being privileged to share the gospel with hundreds in an evangelistic crusade. A lot goes on in the lives of these pastors as they seek to share Christ with their world. 

    Overall, I’ve been enriched by these connections. After our conversations, sometimes I am saddened by the sadness in their lives as they minister in challenging places. Always our conversations leave me feeling gratitude that I get to serve alongside these folks.

  • Charles Richardson - Piggott, AR

    In many ways this assignment has forced me to be intentional in an area where I should have been anyway. As a pastor I need other pastors around me who face the same challenges while sharing wisdom, strategies and concern. Creating many new relationships and strengthening some old ones has proven to be very rewarding. I believe the Kingdom is benefited when men of God come together for the worthwhile cause of mutual encouragement, inspiration, and improvement. Connecting with all these pastors and building these relationships will no doubt pay dividends well into the future for all involved. I believe great opportunities and potential lies within the networks that are forming as a result of the Barnabas project!

  • Ken Slater - Newburgh, IN

    What an honor to be asked to serve on the Barnabas team!

    Part of the assignment is to be an encourager to other pastors and as a pastor I know the ups and downs of a pastor’s life. Yet, as I have talked with many of these men of God, I am the one being encouraged. They serve in cities, towns and rural communities but mostly in small to medium size churches. They share a common love for God and for their people. Even when life is hard, and so many are working a second or third job, they just want to see people grow in their faith and people come to know Christ. 

    What a privilege to visit with pastors who have been preaching for their entire adult lives yet they are still looking forward to helping others through their ministry even when most would be thinking about retiring.

  • Darrell Hillhouse - Ft. Branch, IN

    When the Barnabas Project began, Pastor Pete White was my field representative. I thought then that this ministry would be so helpful to all of us General Baptist pastors who faithfully labor in our churches day after day without much fanfare or pastoral care. It was comforting to know that Pete's help was always just a phone call away. Only God could know that in less than a year our roles would be reversed, and suddenly, I would become Pete's Barnabas. Seemingly, out of the blue, a serious heart attack that Pete suffered changed the course and focus of Pete's life and ministry. 

    At the time of this writing, Pete has had to step away from the Barnabas Project so he can give his energies to his recovery and to the continuing needs of his own family and his congregation. Pete's story is just another reminder that we pastors are certainly not insulated from the same physical, emotional, and spiritual issues that plaque the congregants to whom we minister every day. Pastors, too, need encouragement, guidance, and prayer. That is what I need, and that is what I am, with God's help, now privileged to offer Pete and the other pastors under my care. I will always be just a phone call away.

  • Barry Cullen - Providence, KY

    I am honored to be a part of the Barnabas Project.  In the scriptures, Barnabas was an encourager.  In fact, there probably would not have been a Paul without a Barnabas.  I am very thankful for the pastors who have spoken an encouraging word in my life during those times when I really needed it.  I want to be like that.  Someone who encourages others when they’re struggling.  Several years ago our denomination sent out a survey to see what ministries our people thought we needed to focus on.  When they were returned, “taking care of our pastors” was at the top of the list.


    I want to be a pastor to other pastors.  Someone that is willing to pray for, encourage, or just be someone who listens, if that is what’s needed.  Pastors have a tough job and we need someone who can understand and relate to what we’re going through.  I pray that God helps me be just that.