Dr. Kristopher Barnett

Associate Dean of Clamp Divinity School
Associate Professor of Practical Ministry
M. Min. and D. Min. Director

Office#: Watkins 110

Address: 316 Boulevard, Anderson, SC 29621


Kristopher Barnett is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity in Biblical Languages (2001) and a Ph.D. in theology with a concentration in preaching (2008). His dissertation was A Historical/Critical Analysis of Dialogical Preaching. His undergrad work was completed at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas with a B.A. in Communication (1997).

Prior to joining the Christian studies faculty at Anderson University, Dr. Barnett served as pastor to three different churches; Forestburg Baptist Church (TX), Ridglea West Baptist Church (TX) and most recently, East Pickens Baptist Church (SC). Prior to pastoral ministry, he served as youth minister at two churches and did a youth internship at another.

Kristopher Barnett is a member of the Evangelical Homiletic Society and has twice presented papers at the EHS conference (Wake Forest, NC and Birmingham, AL). Dr. Barnett enjoys filling the pulpit for local churches and serving in an interim role for churches seeking a pastor.

Dr. Barnett is married to Kelly, who is a graduate of ASU with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in psychology. They have four children, Kenzie, Karsen, Noah, and Kassie.

Why I Teach at AU

"I love to creatively communicate God’s Word to His people. As a pastor, I enjoyed standing before God’s people and sharing with them the truth that God revealed to me in the study. I loved to see the looks on their faces as the Holy Spirit illuminated God’s Word and they “got it.” As a teacher, I want to train others to discover the Truth of God’s Word and communicate that Truth in ways that will arrest the attention of those that listen to them. I firmly believe that God is calling the church to produce committed disciples who will live out their faith beyond the Sunday morning experience. I want to prepare future and current church leaders for the task of “making disciples of all nations.” I believe that God is going to change the world through the College of Christian Studies at Anderson University!" ~ Dr. Kris Barnett

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