1050 DEVORE LN, MATTHEWS, NC 28105

Rashard Barnes

Connections Pastor

Rashard Barnes

Rashard Barnes

Connections Pastor

rashard@mercycharlotte.com

RAshard’s Story

I was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas, as one of six children. I am married to the most beautiful and supporting wife, Meghan. We have two kids, Malachi and Eden. I am a graduate of Texas Tech University with a degree in Personal Financial Planning. I am also a graduate of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology. At my previous church, I ran the college ministry, the ministry residency program, small groups, and church discipleship. My current role at Mercy Church will be overseeing the connections ministry and church membership.
My journey in coming to know God was slow and rapid. I grew up in a Christian home with loving parents. In fact, my dad is a former pastor/church-planter which made hearing the message of Christ’s saving work more available. There were many times where I recited a prayer to follow Jesus, but it wasn’t until I was nine years old at a youth revival in Texas in where the Lord made me aware of his saving grace. The evangelist that was preaching that night presented a beautiful, compelling message to follow Christ and asked for those that wanted to put their faith in Jesus to come forward. Reluctantly, I stayed in my seat, but it wasn’t because I did not want to receive Christ. In fact, it was the opposite. During that moment Christ invaded my soul and made it known to me that I was a sinner and he was a gracious redeemer. My coming to Christ was slow because it was slow chiseling up to that moment where, in a split second, my heart was different. Slow and rapid.
I continued to grow in my faith in that very manner. There were times when things were slow and when things went rapidly. One of those of rapid growth was in college. During this period, I gained an immense wealth of knowledge about God, being a part of his body, and walking with him. It was during this period that the Lord made it clear to me his work of redemption in me as it relates to my identity in him, and that he fleshed my ethnic identity. In addition to that, God made a path for me to step into ministry to which I have been doing for over seven years.