Pastor GJ Barnes has impacted many as a visionary, leader, executive, intellectual, and servant. He is the senior pastor of The Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, where weekly more than 5000 people hear his messages in-person and online. Additionally, having served as President and Chief Executive Officer for multiple national multi-million-dollar organizations, where he has been featured on Fox, CBS, ABC, and MPT for his astute business and leadership skills. 

Born and raised in Baltimore Maryland, Pastor GJ Barnes is blessed to have served in numerous capacities relating to ministry, community service, wellness and corporate administration. Although he has been preaching for more than 20 years, his passion for entrepreneurship was realized at the age of 15 when he was accepted into the NAACP Regional F. Lewis Youth Entrepreneurship Institute. He would graduate and go on to become one of the youngest successful African-American entrepreneurs in the country. He serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the tech-startup Gathership, Inc. In addition, he has authored the nationally selling book “The Growth Principle: How Ordinary People do Extraordinary Things” and has published many national reports and articles.

All before the age of 30, he led his company to record-growth serving hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. His executive leadership led to partnerships with companies such as AT&T and Capital One, federal government agencies such as the Department of Defense and NSA, and world-renowned educational institutions such as Harvard University and MIT. Pastor Barnes also saw a need for a cutting-edge faith-based learning organization and founded the EML Institute, and is a published expert in closing the U.S. Black-White academic achievement gap.

Pastor Barnes has earned numerous academic degrees from world-renowned universities. A Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, a post-graduate assistantship at Johns Hopkins University, a master’s degree from the Washington Theological Union seminary, another master’s degree studying social and public policy from Georgetown University and currently a doctoral candidate in Leadership at Vanderbilt University.

With all of his accomplishments, Pastor Barnes is most proud to be a husband, father and servant. He is married to the queenly Lady Junetta Barnes, and has three lovely children, Taja, Todd and Caleb. The Bottom Line: Pastor GJ Barnes Loves God and is humbled and honored to serve God’s children.