The Seasoned Saint for FBBC for the Month of September 2019 is:
Sister Linda Barnes
Sister Barnes is truly dedicated in making life better for others. I have worked with her for several years with the Nece Hopson Memorial Foundation and salute her for her commitment and service to anyone who needs a helping hand.
- When and where were you born?
I was born March 16, 1958 in Barnesville, Georgia.
- What is your spouse’s name?
My spouse is Thomas Barnes.
- How long have you been married?
I have been married 35 years.
- Do you have children? If yes, how many and their names.
I have 2 sons: Quenton K. and Quency T.
- What are your hobbies/interests?
I enjoy traveling, reading and spending time with my family and friends.
- Tell us briefly about your career including activities at Fellowship.
I received my Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Albany State University and a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Fort Valley State University. During my career, I have served in various positions to include Conference Coordinator, Counselor/Assessor and Supervisor for Major State and National Standardized Examinations. I retired in 2015 with 35 year of service from the University System of Georgia (Fort Valley State University). I am currently the Assistant Director of the Community Outreach Service Center, a homeless shelter in Warner Robins. I have been a member of Fellowship for over 30 years. In the past years, I served in the nursery and choir. I currently serve on the Agape, Comforters, Mercy Showing, and Greeters Ministries.
- How has your career molded you as a person?
My career has molded me to be more understanding and compassionate when relating to a diverse group.
- What are the most important lessons you have learned in life?
The most important lesson I have learned is being thankful for the “gift of life.” Each day is truly a blessing from God.
- How would you like to be remembered?
I would like to be remembered as a loving, thoughtful person.
- What is “your message” (words of wisdom) to Generations X, Y and Z?
I encourage Generation X, Y and Z to put God first in their lives, maintain a positive attitude and build strong, lasting relationships with family and friends.
- What is your “special” Scripture?
My special scriptures are:
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. Jeremiah 29:11 – I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans for peace and well-being and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Written by Elder Isaiah Whittaker, Sr.