James M. Barnes accepted the volunteer position of Verger at Calvary in June 2014. A Verger’s role is to coordinate the logistical details of worship, and to ensure that the liturgy proceeds as planned. Mr. Barnes will also assist as an assistant to the Rector in many office and records-related tasks.
Mr. Barnes has been a member of Calvary since 1964 and over the years has served as Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Vestry Secretary, Parish Treasurer, Lay Eucharistic Minister, Lay Eucharistic Visitor, Thurifer, Subdeacon, Lector, member of the choir, and member and chair of several discernment committees. During the three interim periods between Rectors, Mr. Barnes officiated at Sunday services of Choral Morning Prayer.
He is retired from the Jefferson County School System where he was employed as a teacher, local high school administrator, and central office personnel administrator and contract negotiator. He has also served as Executive Director of the Jefferson County Association of School Administrators, Director of Principal Assessments for the Kentucky Department of Education, adjunct professor in the department of education at WKU, and a member of many state and national advisory boards.
Diocesan positions Mr. Barnes has held include service on the Personnel Committee, the Finance Committee, the committee on clergy salaries, and member and chairman of the Bishop Dudley Fund Trustees. After many years as a member of the now-dissolved Louisville Bach Society chorus and LBS treasurer, Mr. Barnes is currently the Assistant Treasurer of the Diocese of Kentucky and a member of the Diocesan Budget Committee.
Born and raised in rural Pennsylvania just south of Pittsburgh, Mr. Barnes received an academic scholarship, choir, and work grant at Transylvania University in Lexington. There he met and married LaNell Wooldridge and earned an AB degree. He also holds an Masters of Education in counseling from Spalding University and an Ed.S. in school administration and school law from the University of Louisville.
Mr. Barnes has two sons, Sean and Brian, four grandchildren, Sean, Jesse, Joel and Emily, and one great-grandson, Tristan.