Rev. Dr. Clifford D. Barnett, Sr

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Chairperson, The Commission for Family Life            


Rev. Dr. Clifford D. Barnett, Sr. is a native of Rockville, Maryland.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Livingstone College, a Masters of Divinity from Hood Theological Seminary both in Salisbury, N.C., and a Doctor of Ministry Degree in the Renewal of the Church for Mission from the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA.

He has pastored in A.M.E. Zion churches in Kingstree, Rock Hill, and Eastover, South Carolina, Indianapolis, Indiana, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Portsmouth, Virginia.  He was appointed to Warner Temple A.M.E. Zion Church in Wilmington, NC in October of 2009.

During the 14 years he pastored at the Brighton Rock AME Zion Church in Portsmouth, VA, he built and sustains a number of partnership that benefit families throughout the Hampton Roads area and across the nation.  He established the Portsmouth’s Grand-parents as Parents Support Group at the church for grandparents and other kinship caregivers who were raising their relatives.  With the support of school superintendents, principals, and guidance counselors, support groups were expanded from the church and held in many of the elementary, middle, and high schools in Portsmouth and Chesapeake. 

Since being in Wilmington and pastoring Warner Temple Church, Dr. Barnett continues to be involved in the community. He has been an integral part for the push of the First 2000 Days Initiative in New Hanover County. This thrust brings to light the effect of toxic stress during the first 2000 days of an infants life.  In addition, the church has established a partnership with New Hanover High School and Williston Middle School and formed “BRIDGES TO SUCCESS BEHAVIORAL MODIFICATION PROGRAM.” 

Dr. Barnett has served faithfully in the Christian Education Department and currently serves the Department as the Chairperson for the Commission on Family Life.

Dr. Barnett is married to the former Waltrina White of Rock Hill, SC for 25 years. They have three children: Clifford, Jr. Walter, and Helen Eileen.