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. Chris Barnett
Minister of Pastoral Care
Interim Senior Pastor
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.”
Kelli has been a member of St. John’s her entire life. Her parents were members of St. John’s and brought Kelli here to begin her development of faith. Kelli grew up in Newport and later attended Morehead State University where she met her husband.
Kelli and her husband have two children who are also members of the church.
Kelli believes in being a positive spirit in the office. Her mission is to help people who reach out for support and to get the word out to members of important announcements. During her spare time Kelli enjoys watching the Pioneer Woman cook show and listening to music by Josh Groban.
Next time you call or step into the office make sure you say hello to Kelli.
Director of Communication and Outreach
Kyle has been a member of St. John’s his entire life. Kyle was brought to the church where his Mother and Grandparents both practiced. He developed his faith here which started as a strong foundation and became a major cornerstone in his life. He attended the University of Louisville where he studied Nursing and Psychology.
Kyle’s goal with this position is to reach out to everybody and promote the church to the community. You will see his work on the website and social media platforms. Along with this Kyle plans several events throughout the year to keep excitement in the air for both within and outside of the church.
Kyle hopes to see you at one of his events or even in Church on Sunday!
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.