James R. Barnette
Retired Associate Professor
Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Biblical and Religious Studies
Office:  Chapman Hall

James Barnette retired from Samford University in January, 2021, and died Feb. 22.

Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, James 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, he became Samford’s Minister to the University. This work included teaching every semester in the Department of Biblical and Religious Studies, which he joined as a full-time professor beginning in 2005. Before his retirement in 2021, he taught Biblical Perspectives, Preaching, Formation for Christian Ministry, and Missiology. Barnette also directed Samford's Preministerial Scholars program.

Barnette concentrated his research in the areas of preaching, Christian worship, ministerial formation, and ministerial ethics. He 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, Henlee Barnette, a longtime professor at Southern Seminary. He was a frequent speaker at ministerial conferences, and preached for Day 1  (formerly The Protestant Hour), a weekly radio broadcast to over 200 stations in America and overseas.  He also was a member on the Advisory Board of Day 1.

In addition to his work at Samford, Barnette served as Senior Pastor at Brookwood Baptist Church in Mountain Brook, Alabama.

Degrees and Certifications

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