Biography of Bishop Christopher J. Barney Sr.
A native of Meridian Mississippi, Pastor Christopher J. Barney Sr. moved to Jackson, Mississippi in the fall of 1990. He matriculated from the accredited School of Business at Jackson State University and holds a B.B.A in Business Administration. He also attended The West Jackson Bible Institute of Jackson, MS and he plans to continue his pursuit of educational excellence by pursuing a Master’s Degree in the areas of Business Finance and Divinity. He currently serves as Executive Director of The Vineyard, True Vine Christian Ministries School of Leadership & Ministerial Training. He is also a formally affirmed and recognized Pastor and member of the Potters House International Pastoral Alliance under the galvanizing leadership of Bishop T.D. Jakes.
He has also had the tremendous honor and privilege of serving as the apostolic covering of three ministries here in the tri-county area, two of which are still currently active. He serves as a mentor to many who walk in the realm of Fivefold Ministry. Having been called by God at an early age into ministry, God has exposed him to service that has crossed various racial, denominational, and socio-economic lines. God has placed him in various roles of leadership in the church. A licensed and ordained minister, he served as an Associate Minister of New Bethel Baptist Church, of Jackson MS for two years under the Late and Honorable Dr. W. D. Carr, Sr. and then as an Elder and Assistant Pastor of True Vine Christian Ministries approximately two years under Pastor Eddie R. Gross before being exalted and called upon to serve in the office of Senior Pastor. On November 13, 2011, God saw fit to publicly exalt Pastor Barney to the sacred Office of Bishop. He was consecrated by Bishop Donald Thomas of New Zion Tabernacle out of Indianapolis, IN. His first response to the congregation upon being confirmed was the lyrics of that precious hymn, "At the Cross", 'Alas and did my Savior and did my Sovereign die? Would He devote that sacred head for such a worm as I?'
Bishop Barney offers fire and zeal to the Glory of God in all that he does. As some would say, He pours Passion from the Pulpit. He loves God with all his heart and he loves God's people with the same fervency. He is fully persuaded that God should be served in a Spirit of Excellence, thus it is always his aim to pull the very best out of God's people. He desires to see God's people reconciled back to HIM in True Worship!
He is the husband of one wife, PASTOR DAPHNE BARNEY. They have been married for 22 years and have two sons, Christopher II and Braxton.