Dr. William Sanford Barnett graduated Summa Cum Laude from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Transformational Christian Ministry and a Master of Ministry degree from Warner University in Lake Wales, Florida. Dr. Barnett is a C.S. Lewis Institute Fellow. He studied graphic arts and advertising at Parsons School of Design and NYC Technical College, including ministry courses at the New York School of Urban Ministry, the New York School of the Bible, and the King’s College in New York City. Dr. Barnett holds a certificate of Expressive Arts Therapy from Udemy Institute and a Social and Behavioral Research certificate with the Collaborative Institutional Training Institute (CITI). He is the founder and President of Storytellers Creative Arts, a Naples, Florida-based arts ministry.
For the past six years, Dr. Barnett has touched the lives of the addicted, disadvantaged, and at-risk facilitating arts outreach ministry at Naples, Florida organizations such as the David Lawrence Centers, St. Matthew’s House, Saluscare, Hoffman Learning Center, and Celebrate Recovery, in addition to Gilgal Women’s Recovery and Seven Bridges to Recovery in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Barnett is a recipient of the David Lawrence Center’s 2017 National Recovery Month Award. He has facilitated arts outreach at the Lighthouse for the Blind, Bayshore Memory Care, The Chateau at Moorings Park, and other organizations. Dr. Barnett created and developed an expressive arts faith-based program reaching men, women, and youth battling addiction.
For more than 15 years, Dr. Barnett served with the Eastern New York General Assembly of the Church of God in Christian Education and Ministry Leadership roles, supporting and training leaders from over 25 congregations in New York. He is the founder and past director of the 250+ Eastern New York General Assembly Children’s Mass Choir. Dr. Barnett served with the King’s College in New York City (Campus Crusade for Christ) as the Executive Assistant to the President, and Administrative Director at Mastermedia International, reaching hundreds of top media professionals in Hollywood and New York.
Dr. Barnett served for over 14 years on the ministry staff at Covenant Church of Naples in leadership roles of Music and Worship, Strategic Ministry Development, Assimilation, Communications, Missions Ministry, and Christian Education at Covenant Church of Naples, Florida (PCA). He has ministered through the arts and music in South Africa, Nicaragua, Turkey, Israel, and with the Mission to the World (PCA) Refugee Team, reaching thousands worldwide with the Gospel.
He has ministered musically for the Bonita Prayer Breakfast, National Day of Prayer, Florida Memorial for the Unborn, and organizations such as InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Abide in Him, Stonecroft Ministries, Covenant Theological Seminary, Covenant Church of Naples, C.S. Lewis Institute Fellows Program, and the Timothy Foundation, in addition to facilitating workshops at the Eastern New York General Assembly Convention, National Inspirational Youth Convention and the North American Convention of the Church of God.
Dr. Barnett serves on the board of Storytellers Creative Arts and is a member of the C3 Leaders Forum, Omega Nu Lambda, a writer and ministry consultant.