Dr. William S. Barnes
Teaching Pastor (part-time)
Phone: 407.876.4991 ext. 231
Spiritual Gifts: Mercy, Giving, Teaching
Pastor Bill was appointed Lead Pastor of St. Luke’s in June of 1992, a position he held until July of 2014 when he was appointed Co-Lead Pastor as part of St. Luke’s strategic leadership transition plan. Since 1992 St. Luke’s has grown to be one of the largest and most influential congregations in the United Methodist denomination under Pastor Bill’s leadership.
A graduate of Emory University with degrees in both business administration and theology, Bill has been an ordained minister in the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church since 1974. He has served in rural, urban, and suburban churches, as well as Chaplain of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. He is a recipient of the Jefferson Award for American Public Service and the Manhattan Institute’s Award for Social Entrepreneurship, among others. He is well known in Orlando for founding Shepherd’s Hope a faith-based volunteer health care organization for the uninsured.
Bill is married to Kim, who teaches three year olds at St. Luke’s Child Development Center and also designs her own line of custom jewelry. They have two children, Kristin and Meredith, a terrific son-in-law named Sean, and two grandsons, Brady and Mason.