Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, 4807 W. Sixth Ave., will conclude the celebration of their pastor, the Rev. George H. Barnes Sr., who is being honored for 50 years in the ministry.


The service will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 23, at Galilee. Barnes will deliver the first sermon he preached 50 years ago from Matthew 28:18-20. Everyone is invited to attend.


To celebrate his years as a teacher and minister, Barnes was also honored at a banquet June 30 at Pine Hill Missionary Baptist Church.


Pastor at Galilee for 26 years, he is married to Earnestine Shelton Barnes. They have four children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Born Oct. 17, 1949, in Jefferson County, Barnes is the son of Robert Barnes Sr. and Viola Miller Barnes. He graduated in 1968 from J. S. Walker High School and attended Arkansas Baptist College.


Barnes was employed by the Pine Bluff School District in transportation and as a substitute teacher for 10 years. He was an alderman for the city of Wabbaseka for eight years and Wabbaseka mayor for 12 years.


He was on the Wabbaseka School Board and is the founder and president of the Wabbaseka Council of Human Resources. He also served as chairman of the Southeast Arkansas Regional Planning Commission for five years.


Barnes is founder of the “Help Me to Help Somebody” Foundation. He has served as the president of the Congress of Christian Education of the Regular St. Marion District Association for the last 20 years.


He is chairman of the Arkansas Chapter of National Trusted Partners for Christ Inc. and served as the chairman of the Advisory Committee for Small Cities & Towns of the Arkansas Municipal League for six years and is a lifetime member.