Rashard Barnes

Pastor of Campuses

Rashard Barnes

Rashard Barnes

Pastor of Campuses

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 three kids, Malachi, Eden, and Justus. I am a graduate of Texas Tech University with a degree in Personal Financial Planning and am a Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary graduate with a Master of Theology. I competed for my doctorates at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Executive Leadership, studying racial and ethnic unity.
I have been in ministry since the age of 18, starting with youth ministry. At my previous church, Redeemer Lubbock, I led the college ministry and ministry residency program for seven years. I concluded my time at Redeemer overseeing the discipleship and small groups ministry.
My journey in coming to know God was slow and then sudden. I grew up in a Christian home with loving parents. 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 where the Lord made me aware of His saving grace. The evangelist preaching that night presented a beautiful, compelling message to follow Christ and asked those who 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. 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 a deliberate chiseling up to that moment where suddenly my heart was different in a split second. Slow and sudden.
I continued to grow in my faith in that same manner. There were times when things were slow and when things changed rapidly. One of those times 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. During this period, 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, which I have been doing ever since.
I now serve as the Campus Pastor for Mercy’s Northeast campus and thank God for the work He has done and is continuing to do in my life.