Tommy Barnett (pastor)
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Tommy Barnett is an author, the senior pastor of Phoenix First Assembly of God (an Assemblies of God megachurch in Phoenix, Arizona), and chancellor of Southeastern University[disambiguation needed]. Phoenix First Assembly of God has branded itself as "the church with a heart" and claims to have over 275 active outreach ministries.
Tommy Barnett began his ministry at age sixteen. Before moving to Phoenix First, Barnett pastored Westside Assembly of God in Davenport, Iowa. In just a few years, the church grew from 76 people to more than 4,000 members. In 1979, he became the pastor of Phoenix First Assembly. The church has grown under his leadership over the past three decades. As of 2011, it was the second largest Assembly of God church in the U.S. with an average Sunday attendance of 10,000.
Tommy Barnett's website states that "his annual Pastors and Leaders School has gathered more than 200,000 leaders over 30 years to train and equip the next generation of pastors and ministry leaders to carry on the work of the ministry." His ministry has influenced many leaders including high-profile ministers and pastors such as Ted Haggard, Joyce Meyer, T. D. Jakes, Ed Young Jr., Wellington Boone, and Charles Nieman.
He has partnered with Joyce Meyer to present their religious message to over 400,000 people in India. He has authored several books, including Multiplication, Hidden Power, Enlarge Your Circle of Love, Reaching Your Dreams, and Your Great Adventure.
He is married to his wife Marja and lives in Phoenix, Arizona. He has three children: Matthew, Luke, and Kristie, all of whom have also taken prominent leadership roles in the Assembly of God church.
- Assemblies of God USA. http://agchurches.org/Sitefiles/Default/RSS/AG.org%20TOP/AG%20Statistical%20Reports/LarChu2011.pdf Accessed December 2, 2012.