Jim & Jan Barnhart
- Our Local
- Our Reach
- Our Self
Jim and Jan Barnhart serve in southeastern Minnesota, both in the hub of Rochester and in small, rural towns within ninety miles of the city. The rolling hills and Mississippi bluffs in southeastern Minnesota make for a pleasant summer and very cold winter. While the Mayo Clinic dominates the business sector in the area, many rural communities are devoted to dairy and crop farming.
There are an increasing number of immigrant populations settling in Rochester. Gang fighting and factions in the Muslim, Cambodian, and Somali populations are a growing concern. Despite dominant Lutheran and Catholic churches in surrounding communities, only thirty percent of the Rochester population attend church on Sunday morning. Church planting in smaller, rural towns is even more difficult due to declining populations.
After seeing the need in their community, the Barnharts began serving as area missionaries, starting several ministries in the 1970s that have grown into thriving outreaches today. Over the years, they have focused their attention on twenty communities throughout Minnesota, starting Vacation Bible Schools, camps, Bible studies, visitation ministries, and churches.
Currently, Jim and Jan are involved with ministry through Camp Victory, which offers summer overnight and day camps as well as weekend retreats throughout the year. Jim is also pastoring an InFaith church planted in St. Charles by InFaith in 1943. Much of St. Charles Bible Church’s work focuses on local children, and includes AWANA and Vacation Bible School ministries. The Barnharts are also involved in two nursing home ministries.
Jim and Jan have also had a part in a dozen community churches in smaller towns surrounding Rochester, Minnesota. At present, each is being served by a full or part time pastor, and Jim does pulpit fill as needed.
The Barnharts have served as InFaith field staff since 1970.
Since graduating from Bible college in 1970, Jim and Jan have served with InFaith in a number of ministries, including church planting, camp ministry, discipleship, and nursing home visitation. Jim has also served as Area Coordinator, Development Director, and conference speaker for InFaith.
Although they remain active as full-time senior missionaries, Jim and Jan enjoy as much time as possible with their three sons, one daughter, and two granddaughters.