St. John’s Church is extraordinarily blessed to have an incredible staff of committed and dedicated professionals, with many years of training, experience & education! They are wholly committed to Jesus Christ and the building up of the Kingdom of God in Newport and beyond! Please meet our Servant-Leaders below. We look forward to working with and serving you!
Rev. Andrew Bierkan
859-431-1818, ext. 21
In the fall of 2016 Rev. Andrew Bierkan came to St. John’s, Newport as our long term pulpit supply minister and in February 2017 he was selected as our Interim Sr. Minister. Along with more than 42 years of experience in pastoral ministry, he brings to St. John’s his belief in the healing opportunities presented by this “in between” time in the life of our church as well as his commitment to share kindness, hope and peace with our entire church family during his tenure among us. To read his complete bio, see LEAD PASTOR.
Rev. Chris Barnett
Minister of Pastoral Care
An ordained American Baptist minister, Chris is married to his college sweetheart, and they have three grown children and one granddaughter. His ministry experience includes chaplaincy with Children’s Hospital, hospice and bereavement care, and non-profit senior management. His wife June, is a therapist at Holly Hill Children’s Home. Chris holds a BA from Georgetown college from which he received the Weller Award, an MA from Southern Seminary, and four units of CPE from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Chris defines his approach to pastoral care as “coming alongside people where they are- through listening and presence- to be a minister of comfort, hope, and meaning.” In his spare time, Chris likes to eat good food and to laugh with family and friends. He listens to classic rock, and he is trying to learn to play chess and to exercise more. More than anything, he strives to be increasingly grateful.
Director of Music Ministries / Organist
(859) 431-1818, ext. 23
Michael has been a part of the Music Staff at St. John’s for over 30 years. He began as Organist, and later assumed the position of Director of Music Ministries. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), University of Cincinnati, and his M.A. degree from Northern Kentucky University (NKU). He taught music in the public schools for over 30 years. He has also served as an adjunct organ instructor at NKU, and as accompanist for the Northern KY Community Chorus. “Ministering through music in the church has always been an honor and privilege, and a way to offer God my grateful thanks and praise.”
Conductor and Organist Minhye Jang, born in South Korea, is a doctoral student at the University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music (CCM) where she studies Choral Conducting with Earl Rivers and L. Brett Scott and is completing an Organ Performance cognate with Michael Unger. Minhye earned her bachelor’s degree at Yonsei University, majoring in both Organ Performance and Church Music. As an organist, she played on several international concert tours in various countries with the Korean Students’ Glee Club. She has completed Master of Music degrees in Choral Conducting at both Hansei University in South Korea and at CCM. In March she placed second in the American Choral Directors Association’s National Graduate Conducting Competition in Minneapolis.
(859) 431-1818, ext. 10
Jennifer Henry manages the day to day office at St. John’s. She is also the Coordinator for our church’s tutoring program. As a Newport resident and homeschool mother of two, she places great value on community relations and organization. She attended the University of Tennessee and lived in Knoxville before moving to the Cincinnati area with her husband in 2010. In her spare time, Jennifer supports new mothers as a certified postpartum doula and also contributes costumes to local theatre productions.
Donnie takes excellent care of our beautiful church building. He is also one of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet! Say hello to Donnie when you see him around in the mornings on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.