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Joe Barnard

Joe Barnard is the founder of Cross Training Ministries. He is a graduate of Baylor University and the University of St. Andrews. For eight years he pastored a church in the Highlands of Scotland before returning to his hometown in Louisiana. His passion is summed up by Colossians 1:28-29, 'Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.' He is married to Anna, and they have four children, Dan, Caleb, Eilidh, and David. 

what others are saying

“Joe Barnard is a gifted teacher and discipler of men. He has experience and a track record in ministry, deep roots in the Bible, a clear vision and a well thought-out strategy. Coupled with his personal character, discipline and drive I am convinced he will be used by God to grow men into mature laborers. I am committed to not only supporting his ministry but to encouraging the men and families in my sphere of influence to allow him to serve them and to support his work if God so leads them.”    

Hank Miltenberger, CEO Gilsbar


"I support Joe Barnard because he has proven ministry experience, deep commitment to the Word, and passion for the execution of his God-given vision to train men in spiritual fitness."

Rusty Olps, Real Estate Developer


“I have no hesitation in commending Joe and Cross Training Ministries. Joe Barnard is a man worthy of imitating as he himself imitates Christ. I have first hand experience of the fruit of his disciple-making and heartily recommend his expertise in training men in spiritual fitness.”

Pete Rennie, Church Planter with Acts 29 Network