Immanuel Worship & Deliverance Ministries INT'L
Dr. Virginia F. Barnett (June 19, 1951- September 2, 2018) was born to the late Charlie E. and Margaret F. White in Chesapeake, VA. She was married to Ronald E. Barnett, Sr., and together they had six children. She resided in Norfolk, VA for over forty-five years and was a retiree of the City of Norfolk's Finance Department.
Dr. Barnett accepted her calling into the gospel ministry in 1979 and was licensed in November, 1981 by Dr. Frank Guns of Abyssinia Baptist Church of Norfolk, VA. She served there in ministry as the first woman to be licensed as an Associate Minister, chairperson to the New Members Committee, and introduced and taught the Discipleship Training Class. In addition to serving as minister at Abyssinia, Dr. Barnett served as Interim Pastor at Holy Temple EC Church after being ordained in September, 1986 by Bishop C. Harris. In May, 1987, God gave her a vision and revelation to begin her ministry at Immanuel FCOD. God gave her the vision for Immanuel Free Church of Deliverance and its name. Immanuel: meaning God with us; Free: free to serve the Lord in spirit of liberty and truth; Church of Deliverance: a deliverance ministry to heal the sick and set captives free. God moved the ministry into more areas of the worship experience, evangelism, missions and Outreach for the Ocean View community and international connections. In 2010 God gave Immanuel a new mission and vision for the church which led to changing the name to include Worship Ministries and International.
Pastor Barnett faithfully served as pastor of Immanuel Worship & Deliverance Ministries, IN’T for more than 30 years. Dr. Barnett was an advocate for higher education. She attended Washington Bible Institute for two years and Rock Bible Institute for 2 Years. She is a graduate of Virginia Union University School of Theology and the Roanoke Theological Seminary where she received her Bachelor of Divinity degree. She received her Master of Divinity from Richmond Virginia Seminary, and her Bachelor of Theology and her Doctorate Degree through the United Christian College in May 1999.
All glory, honor, and praise belongs to God who made her to be who she was: a wonderful mother, wife, friend, and Pastor to many. The members of Immanuel Worship & Deliverance Ministries, INT’L will forever love her dearly and knew her to be a true woman of God who has a passion for winning souls, preaching the Gospel and disciplining new believers.