Rev. Sherri E. Barnes joins Pfeiffer University as associate director for university and church relations and associate pastor for The Village Church
Rev. Sherri E. Barnes, a Christian educator and ordained United Methodist elder from the Western North Carolina United Methodist Conference (WNCUMC), has joined Pfeiffer University as associate director for university and church relations and associate pastor for The Village Church.
In this newly created role, Rev. Barnes will work strategically with Pfeiffer's board of trustees, faculty, staff and key alumni in several ways. Specifically, her objectives will be to further develop relationships with and create programming for United Methodist churches that enhance the professional effectiveness of church leaders, introduce prospective students and their families to Pfeiffer, and generate support for Pfeiffer programs that help students become principled Christian leaders regardless of their chosen major.
Her work will be designed to coordinate the efforts of people and programs currently in place at Pfeiffer that reflect the institution's unique place within United Methodism to deliver a more focused impact regionally, nationally and globally. Among these are Pfeiffer's academic programsâ€”the only ones of their kindâ€”to offer students the ability to earn both bachelor's and master's degrees in religion and practical theology; The Village Church on its Misenheimer, N.C. campus, the only fully constituted United Methodist congregation shaped and led by students; commitment to training qualified, ordained church leaders through partnerships with Wesley Theological Seminary and Union Presbyterian Seminary; and productive relationships with accomplished alumni such as Trustee Joy Thornburg Melton â€˜77, chief resource officer, United Methodist Property and Casualty Trust and author of Safe Sanctuaries and other transformational publications.
â€œPfeiffer's historic ties to the United Methodist Church (UMC) are a cornerstone of the University's identity and its intentional focus on helping students grow throughout their lives in the UMC tradition of a â€˜trained mind and warmed heart,'â€ said Michael C. Miller, president of Pfeiffer University. â€œThe institutional foundation that exists provides an excellent platform from which to continue and enhance programs that make a difference on a broad scale.â€
Rev. Barnes, whose position is supported by a gift to Pfeiffer University, has served the United Methodist Church as clergy since 2000 and was most recently pastor of Marshville United Methodist Church in Union County. Previously, she worked as a Christian educator in western North Carolina, Virginia and Texas. She holds an undergraduate degree in business administration from Youngstown State University in Ohio and a master of divinity degree from Duke Divinity School.