Juard Barnes is a Senior Advisor, Training & Technical Assistance for The HAVI, a fiscally sponsored program of HRiA. He is a Preacher/Lecturer/Pastor and Freedom Fighter who works with the most marginalized of our community to build a Moral Vision of Inclusion geared to impacting the systemic injustice facing our communities. For Juard, the true mission of the church is summed up in Amos 5:24 – “But let justice run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream” KJV
Juard has served in ministry as a pastor in several churches, Macedonia COGIC, River of Life Community Church, The Eagles’ Nest and Currently, New Seasons Fellowship COGIC. Professionally, Pastor Barnes has landed contracts and employment as lead administrator for Rehoboth Family Services, a consulting firm, with clients including, but not limited to Eskenazi Hospital as part of the Youth Violence Reduction Team, The Indiana Foster Care and Adoption Association, Marion County Superior Court and Probation Dept., Indianapolis Public Schools, Indianapolis WESCO/ Westside Weed and Seed, The Community for Education Foundation, Fathers and Families, Elkhart Probation Department, Elkhart Community Schools, YMCA of Indianapolis and Chicago, Miami-Dade Community Schools, etc., etc. Juard has served as guest lecturer for Christian Theological Seminary, American Mennonite Biblical Seminary, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The National Academy of Medicine and many others.
Currently Juard serves in multiple capacities. He’s Midwest Convener for The Black Church PAC and Organize the Church, as well as Midwest Regional Director Director for Faith in Action, the largest faith-based community organizing effort in the nation, moving as a multi-faith, multi-cultural organization committed to racial and economic dignity, and finally, he serves as Servant Leader for New Seasons Fellowship.