James R. Barnette
Associate Professor, Director, Preministerial Scholars
Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Biblical and Religious Studies
Office: 221 Chapman Hall
Email: jrbarnet@samford.edu
Phone: 205-726-2336

Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. Barnette first came to Samford as an undergraduate. He was inspired by his professors and knew as an undergraduate that he would want to come back to Samford someday. In 1994, Dr. Barnette became Samford’s Minister to the University. This job included teaching every semester in the religion department.  In 2005, he began to serve as a full-time professor. He now teaches Biblical Perspectives, Preaching, Formation for Christian Ministry, and Missiology. Dr. Barnette says the best way his students learn is in an interactive climate that facilitates good discussions.

Dr. Barnette concentrates his research in the areas of preaching, Christian worship, ministerial formation, and ministerial ethics. In addition to his B.A. from Samford University, he holds his M.Div. and Ph.D. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has contributed to journals including Review and ExpositorPreaching, and Journal of the American Academy of Ministry. He is co-author of Homely Joys, a collection of prayers and poems with his father, Dr. Henlee Barnette, a longtime professor at Southern Seminary.

Dr. Barnette oversees the Samford Preministerial Scholars Program, which offers significant scholarships to students interested in full-time ministry.

In addition to his work at Samford, Dr. Barnette serves as Senior Pastor at Brookwood Baptist Church in Mountain Brook.  A frequent speaker at ministerial conferences, Dr. Barnette has preached for Day 1  (formerly The Protestant Hour), a weekly radio broadcast to over 200 stations in America and overseas.  He is also a member on the Advisory Board of Day 1.

Degrees and Certifications

  • B.A., Samford University
  • M.Div., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary