Barnett to Serve as Minnesota
Conference President
. Edward Barnett, Ministerial director for the Illinois Conference, has accepted an invitation to serve as the next president of the Minnesota Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He replaces Thomas L. Lemon, who recently became vice president for administration at the Mid-America Union Conference, headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska.
NEW LEADER: \D. Edward Barnett, pictured with wife Shirley, is the new Minnesota Conference president. [Photo: Minnesota Conference]
Barnett has served as the Ministerial director in New Jersey and Illinois and has also been a pastor in the Rocky Mountain, Potomac, and Indiana Conferences. 
Barnett served in the Indiana Conference as pastor to the South Bend, Indiana Church for 12 years, during which time he earned his masters of divinity degree from Andrews University. In 1991 he took the job of senior pastor of  the Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia, congregations with a combined membership of more than 570.
In 1999 Barnett became senior pastor of the Denver South Church, which has more than 900 members and is located in the Rocky Mountain Conference. Barnett also served as chair of the Denver Community Service Board for two years.
Since 2005, he’s has worked as the Ministerial director and Evangelism coordinator for the Illinois Conference, where he has overseen the work of 45 pastors and the ministry of 114 congregations.
Barnett’s experience ranges from involvement in youth departments, school boards, and planning committees, to the coordination of lay training and pastoral placement.

His hobbies include traveling, golf, and leading out in small group ministries.
Barnett is married to Shirley, a registered nurse, and they have two adult sons.
According to church statistical records, in 2007 there were slightly more than 7,000 Seventh-day Adventists worshipping weekly in 70 congregations in Minnesota.
           -- Reported by Erica Richards, Adventist Review editorial intern, with information from the Minnesota Conference.

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