A BRIEF HISTORY OF ABIDING WORD MINISTRIES
David Barnhart received a Bachelorís degree in education from Clarion State University, Clarion, Pa., and a Masters of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, SC. Ordained by the Lutheran Church in America in 1964, he pastored churches in that denomination for 20 years. In 1984, Pastor Barnhart withdrew from the Lutheran Church in America and united with the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC). He and his wife Mary were led by the Lord to establish Abiding Word Ministries (AWM) in that same year.
Pastor Barnhart helped to organize Living Word Lutheran Church (AFLC) in Eagan, Minnesota. He
was then called to Peace Lutheran Church in Canal Winchester, Ohio and then as
interim Pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church in Newark OH.
Abiding Word Ministries, now in its 28th year, exists to promote revival and reformation throughout the Church. We publish a newsletter called The Vine and Branches which is mailed to approximately
7000 homes throughout the United States and Canada. AWM counsels pastors, congregations and laity who desire to take their stand against false teachings and unbiblical practices within their church bodies.
Over the past 40 years, David and Mary Barnhart have led 29 tours to Israel.
David and Mary Barnhart in Israel