Samford University


Meet the Staff

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James R. Barnette, Associate Professor and Director of Preministerial Scholars

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, Christian Ministry, and Missions. He also oversees the Samford Preministerial Scholars program. Dr. Barnette also serves on staff at Brookwood Baptist Church as the Teaching Pastor. He is married to Deanna and has a daughter and a son. Their daughter currently attends Samford.

Office: Chapman 221 | | 205-726-2925
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Shellyn Poole, Preministerial Scholars Coordinator

In addition to her duties as Preministerial Scholars Coordinator, Shellyn serves as Minister to Preschoolers and Childrens' Families at The Church at Shelby Crossings. Prior to that she served as Minister to Youth at Brookwood Baptist Church in Mountain Brook, Alabama. She has also served on church staff in Florida and was Director for Student Activities at a Baptist college in Missouri. Shellyn received the Master of Religious Education degree from Southwestern Seminary, where she also served as Associate Director of Church & Minister Relations for four years.

Office: Chapman 212-C | | 205-726-2925

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Brenda Ridgeway, Administrative Assistant

Office: Chapman 217  |  |  205-726-2925
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