Rev. Dr. Laura Barnes

The Reverend Dr. Laura Barnes recently returned to her hometown of Dallas where she began her work at The Winston School as Director of Development.

Prior to her return, Laura served the Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC) for 14 years. She led both the Congregational Church of San Mateo and the Danville Congregational Church as their educational Minister for Children, Youth and Families. While her ministry was centered on education, she was also very engaged in outreach ministries and social justice projects.

Laura was an ordained Ruling Elder on the Session of Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church in California for many years while attending San Francisco Theological Seminary (Presbyterian USA) for her first year of studies.

Before attending seminary, Laura was a commercial banker at Chase Manhattan and Bank of America and a full-time mother. She is a trained interim pastor who has experience in assisting congregations during times of transition and transformation.  She served on the Board of Trustees at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), associated with the University of California - Berkeley.

Laura received a Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of Creation Spirituality (now Wisdom University of Graduate Studies) in Oakland, California, and her Masters of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion at the GTU in Berkeley. Her undergraduate studies were completed at the University of Texas in Austin and she is a graduate of Highland Park High School in Dallas.

She currently serves as the Vice President on the board of Focus on Teens, a local nonprofit that ministers to the homeless students of the Dallas Independent School District. In California, Laura was the chairman of the board of directors for Contra Costa Interfaith Housing in Pleasant Hill, California—a permanent, supportive housing development for formerly homeless families. As the previous moderator for the Northern California Nevada Conference of the UCC, Laura has extensive experience in leading and participating in effective committee and task focused gatherings.

Laura currently lives in North Dallas and has two grown children, Mac (31), married to Katie, and Becca (29), soon to be married to Oliver, all of whom live in the San Francisco Bay Area with Laura’s precious granddaughter, Joyce, and her four granddogs—and she misses them ALL!

Laura is very excited about joining the ministry team at FPC Dallas and looks forward to spending time with the congregation in the very near future.