Mike Barnette

           Pastor Mike was saved on January 3, 1997, at the age of twenty, and shortly after followed the Lord’s call to be a preacher of the Gospel.  He was then ordained into the ministry in 1999 by Friendship Baptist Church.  Pastor Mike began his ministry education at the Fundamental Baptist Bible College and earned a Bachelor of Theology (2001).  He then continued his education at the Liberty Theological Seminary, and has earned a Masters of Religion/Masters of Religious Education (2009).  

            His ministry service began in January 2000, when he served as an interim pastor for one year at Northside Baptist church in Harmony, NC.  From there The Lord led him to serve as a member of an international prison ministry known as the Rock of Ages Ministries (2001-2008), which allowed him to travel all over the country, train and labor with local churches/pastors, and minister to those in prison.  During that time, Pastor Mike also served as a Missionary Chaplain at the Lake City Prison in Florida (2005 -2008). 

            Following those seven years as a missionary, Pastor Mike served as an Active Duty United States Army Chaplain.  He was commissioned as an Army Chaplain in November 2007, and began his military ministry.  Pastor Mike was assigned as the Battalion Chaplain for the 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, stationed at Fort Stewart, GA (2009), and then he was assigned to the 18th Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, NC (2012).  During this time he ministered to fellow soldiers and their families providing counseling and spiritual guidance.  Pastor Mike was deployed to Iraq with his unit in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (December 2009 - December 2010).  Pastor Mike resigned from Active Duty U.S. Army as the Battalion Chaplain for the 3-321 Field Artillery Regiment at Fort Bragg, NC to follow God’s call to become the Senior Pastor of McLeansville Baptist Church.  He continued to serve as a North Carolina Army National Guard Chaplain until June 2018 and has since resigned from the Army completely to give complete focus and energy to pastoring this great church! 

Pastor Mike is married to Athena (21 years) and they have five children, Josiah, Emma Grace, Nathaniel, Sadie and Benjamin.