Pastor Barnes and his wife Teresa moved to New Hampshire in 2010 with a burden and vision to revive church planting in New England. For three years Pastor Barnes served as an associate pastor in Londonderry, New Hampshire. In May 2014, Pastor Barnes and his family started State Line Baptist Church.
Pastor Barnes has been in the ministry full time for over twenty years. Pastor Barnes has assisted churches in New York, North Carolina, Maine and New Hampshire. He has had the privilege to preach in many churches, church revivals, youth meetings all over the Northeast. In 2012 Pastor Barnes started and still directs New England Baptist Teen Camp.
Pastor and Teresa have four sons. Their oldest, John Jr., is married to Laura, and they are serving the Lord together in the ministry. Joshua recently graduated from Bible college and is actively involved at State Line. The two youngest, James and Joel, are currently in Bible College preparing for the ministry. Along with the full-time job of raising four boys, Teresa has been involved in Christian education for over twenty-five years.