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.

Office: Chapman 221 | | 205-726-2925
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Katherine Thomas, Preministerial Scholars Coordinator

In addition to her duties as Preministerial Scholars Coordinator, Katherine serves as Physical Education Teacher to students at McElwain Christian Academy. Prior to that she served as Youth Ministry Intern at Brookwood Baptist Church in Mountain Brook, Alabama. Katherine recently received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Samford and hopes to further her education through earning a Masters degree in Public Health. Before attending graduate school, Katherine plans to move to Bundibugyo, Uganda in September of 2015 for two years to work in a malnutrition clinic and secondary school with the mission organization, Serge.

Office: Chapman 212-C | | 205-726-4361

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Brenda Ridgeway, Administrative Assistant

Office: Chapman 217  |  |  205-726-2925