Rev. Dr. Dave Barnhart Joins Staff

Rev. Dave Barnhart

Couples who participate in premarital preparation are more likely to stay married. Those who do pre-engagement education have even better outcomes. Unfortunately, most couples who marry do not participate in premarital work. While we require licenses for driving and practicing medicine, the most important relationship of our lives requires no education at all!

Rev. Dr. David Barnhart is a pastor with nearly 20 years of ministry experience who is a certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator working with couples. He is skilled in conflict resolution with families and organizations. The skills and practices that make for healthy relationships and peace affect not only marriages but organizations and communities.



Rev. Dr. Barnhart offers the following services:

  • Pre-engagement and premarital education
  • Prepare/Enrich facilitation for couples
  • Conflict resolution and peacemaking
  • Interpersonal and emotional intelligence training for staff in churches and religious communities.

He earned his B.A. from Oglethorpe University in 1994, his M.Div from Candler School of Theology in 1997, and his Ph.D. in homiletics and social ethics from Vanderbilt University in 2004. He has been an ordained elder in the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church since 2003.

He is the author of What’s in the Bible About Church? God Shows No Partiality, and a forthcoming book on house churches called Church Comes Home. His sermons and articles have appeared in the Abingdon Preaching Annual, FaithLink, and Ministry Matters. He is a founding member of Faith in Action Alabama and founding pastor of Saint Junia United Methodist Church, a network of house churches.

To refer pre-engaged, premarital, or married couples, have them call and ask to schedule an assessment with Rev. Dr. David Barnhart.

To inquire specifically about conflict resolution or interpersonal emotional intelligence training for families, staff in churches, or other organizations, please call our main number, 256-883-3231 and ask to arrange to speak with Rev. Dr. Barnhart.

He blogs at, and lives in Birmingham with his wife and son. He enjoys running, cycling, and making things.

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