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Tommy Barnett


Author, latest, The Power of a Half Hour (2014)

Co-pastor, Phoenix First AOG, Phoenix, AZ, 16,000 weekly attendance w/ over 260 outreach ministries

Co-founder/Co-pastor, the original Los Angeles Dream Center, which ministers to 50,000 people monthly

Appointed as Chancellor of Grand Canyon University and later, Southeastern University

Married to Marja

Three adult children

Guest Bio

Engage the Power of a Half Hour

Tommy says, “You can change your world in thirty minutes” when you understand the power of a half hour. When you learn how to use small increments of time you can achieve personal and professional goals. “I’ve been practicing these principles so long that I can now say I am a product of my half hours,” reveals Tommy. He believes you can change your life and alter the lives of the people and organizations you influence by learning how to carefully plan your half hours. “The future is dependent on the choices made by God’s people in the time that He has placed at our disposal,” shares Tommy.


Tommy Barnett grew up in the home of an Assembly of God minister, the late H. W. Barnett, who pastored Victoria Tabernacle church in Kansas City, Kansas, for 43 years. His mother, Mrs. Joy Barnett, greatly influenced him by serving, loving, and giving to some of the neediest people in their area of Kansas City.  Tommy became devoted to reaching the lost and healing the hurting. He began his ministry at age sixteen holding revivals over the summers.  After attending Bible school for one year, at age 19 he left because he sensed God calling him to get back into active evangelism. 
Before moving to Phoenix First, Tommy pastored Westside Assembly of God in Davenport, Iowa. In just a few years, the church grew from 76 people to more than 4,000 members becoming the fastest growing church in America. In 1979, he became the pastor of Phoenix First Assembly. For three decades, Tommy has guided Phoenix First into an era of phenomenal revival. The weekly attendance is 16,000 and has over 260 outreach ministries. He is known for his creative approach in presenting the gospel and reaching out to the poor and the hurting.

Today Tommy co-pastors Phoenix First with his oldest son, Luke, now the Senior Pastor. He also co-pastors with his son Matthew the Los Angeles Dream Center where the former Queen of Angels Hospital and Angelus Temple have become the center of inner-city outreach in the metropolitan area. His annual Pastors and Leaders School has gathered more than 200,000 leaders over 30 years to train and equip the next generation of pastors and ministry leaders to carry on the work of the ministry. Tommy’s ministry has influenced many leaders including high-profile ministers and pastors such Joyce Meyer, T. D. Jakes, Ed Young Jr., Wellington Boone, and Charles Nieman, who call him their pastor

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