The late Dr. Virginia
F. Barnett (June 19, 1951- September 2, 2018) the daughter of Charlie E.
and Margaret F. White was born in Chesapeake, VA. She was the wife of
Ronald E. Barnett, SR and the mother of six children. She currently resided in
Norfolk, VA. She was a retiree of the City of Norfolk Finance Department.
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. God has caused many other ministries to
be birth at Immanuel for His Kingdom
Pastor Barnett faithfully served as pastor
of Immanuel Worship & Deliverance Ministries, IN’T for more
than 30 years. From the time she received her calling to the present,
Dr. Barnett sought to continue her studies in Biblical Studies. 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.