I have been with my wonderful wife, Wendy, since 2000. We have rescue dogs that we adore and I'm passionate about cooking. In 2001, I was introduced to our Lord and discovered the unspeakable joy of a personal and intimate relationship with Him. I have been walking with Him since that day. I love to call Ridgeview my home away from home. I serve as the Lead Deacon for the church and Deacon of Hospitality. A passage in the Bible that has special meaning to me is Psalm 18:32-34, which says "It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; He causes me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze".
My name is Carl Barnes. I have been attending Ridgeview Church for 13 years. I have been serving since attending this church. It is a blessing and privilege to serve in Christ’s house. Deacons are the hands and feet that Christ uses in His house to serve His people.
I have been happily married for 30 years to the same wonderful woman, Kristi Cook. I served in the US Marine Corps for 8 years and was deployed to Southeast Asia in 1990/1991. I retired from federal law enforcement after 21 years in 2017. We have three grown children. I was led to salvation by my mother when I was seven years old, when we lived in Southern California. Kristi and I have been serving the Lord for most of our adult lives. We have been attending Ridgeview since July 2018. I am serving as Deacon over Grounds and Facilities.
I gave my life to the Lord in the summer of 1977, but really did not start following him until the age of 27. I have been married to my wonderful wife, Janna, for 27 years. We have been blessed with 3 children and 5 grandchildren. We have been attending Ridgeview for the past 6 years and have been involved in VBS, Evening in Bethlehem, and I am also the Deacon for the ushers. I am a servant of the Lord and I am blessed by blessing others. Romans 12:11 says “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” I desire in each day I awake from sleep for God to change me from within according to HIS WILL and not mine, therefore, my life scripture is, Psalms 139: 23-24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.”