James R. Barnette

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

Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. Barnette first came to Samford as an undergradute. Dr. Barnette was inspired by the teachers and faculty at Samford, and knew as an undergraduate that he would want to come back again someday. In 1994, Dr. Barnette returned to Samford with the opportunity to serve as University Ministries’ minister. After serving Samford as the campus minister, he continued to work as a professor. He now teaches Biblical Perspectives, Preaching, Formation for Christian Ministry, and Missiology. Dr. Barnette said the best way his students learn is an interactive climate that facilitates good discussion on the topic. Dr. Barnette also hopes to continue research on Pauline teachings and what the future of preaching will look like.

Dr. Barnette concentrates his research in the areas of preaching, Christian worship, and ministerial ethics. He received his B.A. from Samford university and his M.Div. and Ph.D. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has contributed to journals including Review and Expositor, Preaching, 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. At Samford Dr. Barnette teaches courses in Bible, preaching, and Christian Ministry, and he oversees the Samford Preministerial Scholars Program.

Degrees and Certifications

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

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