BY MARK BOND,
Communication Director, Rocky Mountain Conference
Ed Barnett has accepted a call by the Executive Committee of
the Rocky Mountain Conference of Seventh-day Adventists to be the new
conference president. He replaces Gary Thurber, who recently accepted a call to
be the executive secretary of the Lake Union Conference in Berrien Springs,
For nearly five years, Barnett has served as the president
of the Minnesota Conference located in the Minneapolis area. Before that he
served as ministerial and evangelism director for the Illinois Conference.
Barnett is not a stranger to the Rocky Mountain Conference.
He served as senior pastor for the Denver South Church from 1999 to 2006.
“We are excited about coming back to the Rocky Mountain
Conference,” shared Barnett. “We enjoyed our time in Denver, and look forward
to working with the Rocky Mountain family again.”
He has a passion for evangelism. “My goal is to see every
church in our territory involved in some form of evangelistic outreach every
year,” Barnett said. “I want our churches to be creative in finding ways to
engage their communities. But we should all be providing opportunities for
reaping every year.”
Tom Lemon, Mid-America Union president said, “We are happy
to welcome Elder Barnett to his new post. His experience and vision will
undoubtedly go a long way toward furthering the advance of the gospel in our
Barnett has been married for 39 years to Shirley Anderson
Barnett. Shirley works as an obstetrics nurse. They have two grown sons. Andrew
works in information technology and is married to Lauren who is an RN. Ryan and
Kay both work for Adventist Health System in Orlando, Fla.
Barnett expects to officially join the Rocky Mountain
Conference on March 1st.