Biographical Sketch of Rev. Barney Kinard
Barney was born in New London, CN in 1943.
father was a career Naval Officer and veteran of World War II and the Korean War.
is the oldest of five children and spent a good deal of his
childhood and youth moving around the country following his
One of these moves changed his
Barney's conversion story occurred when he
was a boy of nine in a neighbor's home in Encinitas, CA.
responded at the age of nine (1952) to the invitation following the story called Barney's Barrel.
Kay introduced Barney
to the Savior, a Bible, a Church and a Sunday school teacher.
It was during this time that Barney
read The Boy from Northfield, a book on the life of D. L. Moody.
That was the first time Barney
wanted to be an evangelist like D. L. Moody.
senior year in High School, Barney
experienced a definite call from God to "preach the Word.
While speaking at Forest Home Conference Center to two children's camps, the Lord specifically called Barney
into children's evangelism.
With this new calling came the need for more study, so he attended Fuller Theological Seminary, where he received his M.A. in Youth Ministries, with a research emphasis in Children's Evangelism in 1972.
now brings a wealth of background of 50 years in ministry, including ten years of pastoral staff experiences in five churches working with children, youth, and families.
was ordained with the American Baptist Denomination in 1972.
served in two American Baptist Churches and two Baptist General Conference Churches.
also served a Congregational Church in Pacific Grove, CA.
Currently, Barney is a member of Whittier Area Community Church in Whittier, CA.
has maintained an interdenominational ministry for forty years as an Itinerant Evangelist with CCM
is widely recognized as an "Incorporation Evangelist," with the distinct ability to reach new children and parents for Christ and the Church through his
outreach crusades and rallies.
Throughout the United States, Rev. Kinard
has become known for his
unique visual methods that creatively illustrate the Bible for children of all ages.
Barney is a popular Puppeteer, Ventriloquist, Gospel Magician, and a Master of Object Lessons.
favors the use of performing arts in his
also adds effective visuals, both projected and non-projected, in his
theme programs that successfully reach and teach children (i.e. overheads, slides, large black-light felts).
has written, designed and produced three staged puppet productions.
In addition to evangelism of children, Barney
has extensive experience training lay and professional children's ministers in workshops, seminars and classes.
has maintained an active schedule during the last forty years with numerous Sunday School Conventions and frequently conducts regional workshops.
has been actively involved with the National Children's Pastors' Conventions for fifteen years.
ministry has sponsored the unique training conference called Music, Magic & Storytelling
, which showcases the creative aspects of CCM.
For ten years Barney served on the Board of the Greater Los Angeles Sunday School Convention, now called Christian Ministries Training Association (CMTA).
He also served twelve years on the National Board of Children's Christian Ministries Associates (CCMA) as the Vice President of Networking.
has been instrumental in starting several regional networks, which encourages Children's Pastor's to gather for monthly fellowship.
He has been actively involved with the Fellowship of Christian Magicians for over forty years and helped start the former Orange County Chapter.
currently serves in the leadership of the Los Angeles Chapter of FCM
has developed a unique Magic Course called the Trick Brain.
Helping churches to release their untapped growth potential is an important aspect of the CCM ministry.
For the last twenty-five years Rev. Kinard
has been doing Church-growth consulting with training received from the Charles E. Fuller Institute of Evangelism
and Church Growth.
has maintained an active, but selective involvement in consulting with churches.
has also developed programs to prepare churches to incorporate those who respond to his
Family Crusades and evangelistic work with children.
Several churches have retained Barney's services to sharpen the focus of their ministry to children and young families.
Children's Christian Ministries Association
the Mover and Shaker Award for challenging others to a deeper commitment in children's ministries in l988.
In January of 1992, the International Network of Children's Ministries presented Barney
their National Award of Excellence in Children's Ministry at their Denver Children's Pastors' Conference.
Barney served on the National Board of Directors of Children's Ministries of America for the five years.
They launched a national evangelical awareness campaign, called "Celebrate the Child," which called Christian leadership to make evangelism and discipleship ministries with children a priority in 1998-2000.
In 1999 Barney
accepted an invitation to be a part-time Children's Crusade Director/ Evangelist for the Luis Palau Evangelistic Association
This exciting new partnership began in Nov. 1998 with preparations for Palau's "Mission Maine," an all-state campaign held during April of 1999.
successfully conducted six citywide-children's crusades called Kid's Celebrations held concurrently with Palau's adult crusades.
As an experienced Children's Evangelist, Barney
was asked by Mission America to moderate a new children's ministry coalition composed of national children's ministries.
They had a national vision to pray for and share the Gospel of Christ with every child in America by the year-end 2,000.
The program included a Lighthouse Back Packet that contained evangelistic materials for any child to receive the Lord as their Savior.
For the last thirteen years Barney
has conducted Kid-Missions overseas.
The first Kid Mission was for children in the Republic of Vanuatu, an island nation between Fiji and Australia in 2002.
The Next two Kid-Mission trips occurred in 2003 and 2004 to Estonia, a nation in Northern Europe, formerly ruled by Russia for 50 years.
conducted children ministry and leadership training in some select churches from the Union of Baptist and Evangelical Churches
The next Kid Mission was in late spring of 2005 to Pakistan.
What an experience it was working with missionaries and missionary children from The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM).
has continued to go on Kid Mission trips for the last five years that has included five trips to Mexico a year.
In addition, he
gone with the Bread of Life Church
in Torrance with teams to Oaxaca, Mexico, Panama (three times) Just this year (2010) Barney
returned to India two more times under the auspices of Whittier Area Community Church
Two more trips to India since then.
In the last ten years, Barney
has maintained a serious monthly-writing schedule to develop a new curriculum to mentor and educate children's ministry professionals.
This Writing Project led to a face-to-face mentoring program with fifteen students.
It is now part of a long-distance learning model to train leaders in children's ministry called Kidology Personal Coaching, that is found on the Internet: www.Kidology.org.
Over forty leaders from U.S. and Canada have been involved in this online-training program.
, and his wife Sharon reside in La Mirada, CA.
Rev. Barney Kinard