Bishop Dr. Edward Barnett is the Founder and Bishop of The Greater Grace Family Ministries Church, since 1991; after returning from a trip to Kenya; Africa where the Lord gave him the name and mission for the church. He started in his home with the support of his loving wife of 30 plus years; First Lady, Adreinne H. Barnett, his 2 sons, and three other families. He is now enjoying all 3 of his children saved and helping in serving in the Kingdom of God.
Bishop Barnett attended D.C. Public Schools and graduated from Anacostia Sr. High. Ordained as a Minister in 1986, and now 28 years serving as a pastor parallel at the same time serving 30 years as a leader in Mental Health, both ministries are still flowing in the anointing and directed of the Holy Spirit. Where bonds are loosed, the oppressed are set free, curses are broken, and calm divine purposes are realized. Bishop has earned a Bachelor degree in Business Management, an Advanced Professional Certification in Anger Management. He has earned 2 Masters Degrees; Theology and Professional Counseling. He was elevated as a Bishop by the College of Bishops in 2013. He was honored with a Doctorate in Humanity in 2014 and a Doctorate in Divinity in 2015. Bishop Barnett has preached, teached and ministered throughout the U.S. Eastern Coast and Internationally.
Currently, he is also a Director of Quality Improvement & Recruiting for a Mental Health Core Service Agency here in Washington D C. He formerly was a Director of Residential Services in Washington D C for 10 years overseeing 80% of the company’s workforce with efficiency with Mental Health programs, a Crisis Home, 2 group homes (CRF’s), and a Supported Independent Living Program housing over 50 mental health consumers. Certified in Substance Abuse Counseling through Catholic Charities, an accredited program.
In April 2015 Bishop Barnett published his first book through Westbow Publishing Company, “Living Wittingly” (link below) and is completing his second and third books titled “A Threat To Marriage” and “Mental Health and the Church” In August 2015, Bishop produced and hosted his Radio Show “Help for the Hurting/ Mental Health in the Community” (link below) at We Act Radio Station in DC. In 2016, Bishop gained a Podcast on WBGR online radio in Lanham which he ended last year. Bishop was honored by the entire DC City Council with “The Dr. Edward Barnett Recognition of Resolution of 2017” – For his impacting work in the field of Mental Health and the Church Community. In October 2019, he was appointed by the Universal Peace Federation/NGO, connected to the United Nations as a global "Ambassador of Peace".
Adreinne Barnett is from Pittsburgh, PA, married to Bishop Dr. Edward Barnett for 33 years, she has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Penn State University and a Masters in Special Education Early Childhood from the University of Maryland. She studied Post Graduate Studies at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, specializing in Autism and Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders.
The First Lady has held positions of Assistant Director & Director in Child Youth Program; Training & Curriculum Special and is a member of Special Needs Review Team for the Department of Defense-Air Force and ARC National. She has also held position of Licensing Specialist with the Child Care Administration for the State of Maryland and Adviser for Child Development Associate Credentialing Program.
As the Exceptional Family Member Program Coordinator, on Joint Base Andrews, her prayer life has increased as she prays for the church congregation, members, and over 900 military families while providing support for their exceptional family members in the National Capital Region.
A higher calling to all parents is to instill wisdom (Bible knowledge), faith in God and demonstrate godly character into their children. Just as Jocehebed became a teacher to her children; Moses, Aaron and Miriam, we must become teachers to our children, teaching them by our behavior to use wisdom in their decision and actions to stand in faith in God, while being a person of noble character.
Deuteronomy 11:19 states that we are to teach the word of God to our children throughout daily routines, by what comes from our mouths and actions.
Parents be Godly Models for Your Children:
Be compassionate in all your ways. What is compassion? A show of love and patience towards others. As Christians, we should have a compassion heart, while showing a willingness to serve all people despite their challenges in their lives. One such challenge is Autism. Autism is a complex developmental disability that appears during the first three years of life and effects a child's ability to communicate and interact with others. It is a spectrum disorder that affects individuals differently. Children do not outgrow autism, but the effects can be lessen as a child receives early intervention services. As many as one out of every 150 children will be diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, thus affected as many as 1.5 million families.
As Christians - Pray for and show compassion to others who are faced with developmental, mental and or physical challenges. Understand that God will not heal, deliver, or move the way we think He should, but He has Power to heal all manner of sicknesses and diseases.