Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Our Pastor

Reverend James Beckley came to us in the fall of 2005.  Under his leadership, the church has reversed a decades-long trend of decline.  "God has begun to turn Barnett Memorial UMC around." Says Beckley.  "We have been able to attract new folks and have even baptized a few." He continued.
Beckley graduated with double Masters Degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas in 1996.  He pastored churches in Florida and Mississippi before coming to Enterprise.  James has been married to Lari for over 25 years.  The couple has three daughters, Allison, Megan, and Shannon, and one son, Ethan.  All of the Beckleys have served, or currently serve the Lord through Barnett UMC.
God has blessed Pastor James with the gift and desire to teach.  He is a teaching-pastor, proclaiming God's Word every Sunday.  "It is always my prayer that Jesus Christ keeps changing lives through Barnett, and that we are faithful to Him."