Andre Barnes has varied experiences which make him the perfect inspirational speaker! Whatever is happening in your life or in your group, he’s probably been there, or at least knows someone who has…
Born in Muskegon Heights, MI, Barnes graduated from High School and began his twelve-year military career in 1983. As his efforts pushed him through the ranks in the Army, he was chosen to instruct Advanced Individual Training (AIT) and the Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC). This experience helped him further his natural leadership abilities, and to assist others to become powerful leaders themselves. In training others, he bolstered his own leading, which led to his receiving various awards for acts of commendations and valor.
His career in the Army set the leadership lens through which he continues to see life. In fathering of 5 children (Andrea, Kali, Jenise, Andre` Jr. and Janelle) Barnes was able to watch their stages of development and comprehension, recognizing that negativity and the hardest times come when a person feels s/he has lost the privilege to make individual decisions. His life experience has shown that this loss may reappear during life. His speaking engagements motivate listeners by empowering them with strategies to take back, recognize, and exercise their power of choice in their lives.
Barnes is the Youth Administrator at Word of God Churches International in Columbia, SC where he combines his experience, his gift of speaking, and his Associate of Theology Degree to minister the Word of God in such a way that the youngest to the eldest will leave uplifted and with an understanding of the message he has shared!
Barnes holds a Bachelors degree in Theology from Word of God Bible Institute and is an ARISE Certified Master Trainer in the field of Life Skills and Practical Living, a Certified Instructor in the areas of Multicultural Training, Discipline with Dignity, Conflict Resolution, Effective Communications, and Effective Parenting. He is also a trained family mediator. He has consulted in the area of holistic children as well as in youth and youth adult ministry development. Mr. Barnes is currently also an Administrative Monitor at Blythewood Academy Alternative School (Richland 2 School District, Columbia, SC) working extensively with Character Education for students and increasing their recognizing and practicing coping and social skills to maximize their 2nd chance! He is recognized as a youth professional with over 30 years of experience.
Barnes is a frequent guest for “OnPoint” With Cynthia Hardy on 101.3 The Big DM where they address current social and spiritual issues. He was honored as Minister of the Year from The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, received an Adult Black Achiever award, and is also a recipient of the WLKY Channel 32 Bell Award.
Andre’ Barnes uses his life full of experience to lead anyone in search of clear direction and growth – from congregations, to students, to Bible study participants, to radio listeners, to colleagues….he “ministers” to whomever stands in front of him and is willing to learn! Barnes is a gifted trainer, facilitator, and motivational speaker to prepare Leaders to Lead!
Every King & Queen was once helpless babies. Every Great Structure was once a Blueprint. Every great meal was once a pile of ingredients. It's not where you are today but where you end up. It's not how you begin the journey, but how you reached the destination! In The Place Of God, Gen. 50:15-21