Rev. Tracy Barnowe was called as our new settled Pastor in August 2014. Pastor Tracy has served several churches in northern California as Director of Family and Spiritual Ministries and as Director of Youth Ministries. She has wide experience in church revitalization and growth, leading several congregations through the redevelopment visioning process and development of strategic plans for growth. Course work in the areas of outreach, newcomer attraction and retention, and youth ministries have been of special focus for her.
Rev. Barnowe has two Bachelor’s Degrees, one in French and the other in Russian with a minor in Spanish. She was a high school teacher prior to completing a Master of Divinity at Pacific School of Religion and a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies: Old Testament from the Graduate Theological Union. For the two years prior to our call, she served as the Interim Minister and Redeveloper at the Campbell, CA United Church of Christ.
Pastor Tracy has a particular gift for working with children and youth. One of her special touches at her previous church was involving some of the older church members in sharing with the children their own personal stories of faith and church experiences from their youth. At that church, she was also one of the facilitators for OWL – Our Whole Lives, a curriculum in which parents and 7th-12th graders explore issues of self worth, responsibility, justice, and inclusivity. Prior to each Sunday service, the children and youth join her for a blessing and prayer so they know they are a special part of the congregation.
Click here to listen to the sermon Pastor Tracy preached here on June 29, 2014 as the candidate for our pulpit.