Air Force

March 7, 2014

Chaplain’s passion to serve helps Airmen, families

Tags:
Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Staff Sgt. Brandon Kenyon, 56th Fighter Wing chaplain assistant and Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns, 56th FW deputy chaplain, pose Tuesday in front of the Luke Community Chapel. Chaplain Barns leads the base chapel worship services and is actively involved in the chapel ministries programs.

The Luke Air Force Base community chapel sits on the corner of 139th Drive and Shooting Star Street. Under cathedral ceilings, members line velvet red seats for Sunday service and meetings throughout the week. Within the chapel’s walls are many offices filled with volunteers and assistants that drive Luke’s mission. Down the hall, past rooms filled with spiritual emblems and books, is a chaplain whose purpose in life is to help people. As he sits at his desk, the strands of gray in his hair shine in the light, giving hints of wisdom. He sits surrounded by pictures of his family and career accomplishments, and wears a steady smile that is both welcoming and assuring.

Chaplain (Maj.) David Barns, 56th Fighter Wing deputy chaplain, is a new chaplain to Luke with more than 24 years of ministry services. His purpose is to help those in need by serving first.

“I want to help people grow spiritually and assist those who may have nowhere else to turn by helping them work through the issues they may have,” Barns said. “A compassionate heart, a listening ear and an outside perspective through a spiritual lens are the things I provide.”

Barns has been doing just that throughout his life. He completed seminary school and worked as a civilian pastor and youth minister for eight years. He was always interested in military service, so he joined the Air Force.

“I always had an interest in the military, and I was at a point in my ministry where I was looking for something different,” he said. “In the military I could do what I was doing as a local pastor and so much more. It was an opportunity to serve my country, while serving God and people, which is what the ministry is all about – taking care of people.”

Since his arrival in May 2013, Barns has been helping Airmen at Luke with their spiritual needs. Some of the programs he is engaged in are the Spiritual Maintenance Center on the flightline, Oasis Ministry, flightline feast and many more. He gives credit of the success of these programs to the volunteers.

“We have a group of volunteers that are really unlike any I have ever met at any other base,” Barns said. “They are actively engaged helping us run a lot of our ministries and the things we are able to do for the base. If it wasn’t for those volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to do as much.”

Barns will deploy soon, and is looking forward to helping Airmen downrange. He plans to focus on developing relationships and fostering spiritual growth.

One might ask how does he reconcile being a chaplain with the cold reality of war. For Barns it’s not about which side is right or wrong, but helping people cope with the reality.

“To me, it’s not about that,” Barns said. “You’ve got people who are facing life and death issues, and they need someone there spiritually to guide them through that process. It’s not about the right or the wrong of the conflict. It’s about people who are in the midst of the conflict, having to deal with their own personal spiritual struggles and their own mortality and how they cope with that. Regardless of what I think about the rightness or wrongness of war or conflict to me it’s about the heart condition of the people I’m serving, taking care of them and letting God take care of the rest.”

One of the most rewarding things for Barns is knowing he’s making a difference in people’s lives and being able to see that difference. Being able to help people work through their problems and finding solutions to issues is his reward for serving.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
DT_JTC0216

Supreme allied commander comes home

Gen. Philip Breedlove, left, NATO supreme allied commander, Europe, visited Luke Air Force Base Sept. 12. Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, right, 56th Fighter Wing commander, briefed the general on Luke’s evolving mission to train F-3...
 
 
Senior Airman Grace Lee

Command post chief averts potential disaster

Senior Airman Grace Lee Capt. George Normandin, 56th Fighter Wing Command Post chief, received the Aviation Safety Well Done Award Sept. 2, presented by Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th FW commander. Normandin took control of an F-...
 
 

You are what you eat

“You are what you eat.” This is a generic statement or a notion. It implies that if you eat healthy, you will be healthy. But how true is this in the world today? What we eat, drink, wear, drive and buy is often an attempt to construct a social identity. It lets others know who...
 

 

Knowledge equals power

The phrase “knowledge is power” is said to originate from Sir Francis Bacon in 1597. Personally, I remember learning the phrase from the old television show “School House Rock” theme song. The key idea behind the phrase is the more knowledge you accumulate, the more “power” you will have. Here is a simple breakdown: knowledge...
 
 
Senior Airman
MARCY COPELAND

EOD Airman changed for good by life experiences

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Tech. Sgt. David Gerig’s, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team chief, first assignment after technical school was Kadena Air Base, Japan. The challenges in life are often w...
 
 

News Briefs September 19, 2014

CFC kick-off The 56th Fighter Wing Combined Federal Campaign kick-off charity fair is 9 a.m. Monday in Bldg. 1130 auditorium. Learn about the 2014 campaign ‘Serving Our Country. Supporting Our Community.’ and visit with local charities. For more information, call Maj. Jennifer Preyer-Bonton at 623-856-7144. Hispanic Heritage Month National Hispanic Heritage Month began Monday and...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin