Meet Dr. Thane Barnes
(better known as "Pastor Thane")

Pastor Thane is a native of Arizona and one of three children born into a family that made its living through the industries of banking and pharmacy. He left his childhood home to play baseball for Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. Little did he know that God would use that place and its people as instruments of His Spirit to call him to new life in the Lord Jesus Christ. He certainly didn't expect that the Lord would then call him into ministry for His gospel. But, as we often discover, God's plans are so much better than our own!

While attending Grand Canyon, Thane was also blessed to meet his future wife Susan. They have been married since 1980, raising up two daughters who have now blessed them with a heritage of 2 sons-in-law and 5 grandchildren who reside in Wake Forest, NC and Phoenix, AZ.

Thane went on to attain his Masters of Divinity at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, CA. He was later awarded an honorary doctorate from his alama mater, Grand Canyon University, as a recognition of his many achievements in serving Christ and His church. Along the way, he has pastored growing and maturing churches in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, and Maryland. For 8 years, he was the Executive Director of the Nevada Baptist State Convention in Reno, NV. He has also served on various boards and agencies at all levels of Southern Baptist Convention entities and has labored as a denominational and church consultant for various organizations. He worked as the Vice President of Marketing for SonScape Retreats, a ministry to church leaders, for a couple of years before coming to Woodbine.

Susan is a registered nurse, and she and Thane both enjoy a variety of activities. Thane enjoys athletics of all kinds (especially golf), fishing, and traveling.

Since answering the call to pastor at Woodbine at the start of 2016, Pastor Thane has shepherded the church with his passions for preaching, teaching, pastoral encouragement, and community outreach. He is excited to be a part of the Lord's work through Woodbine to minister to the community of Mayodan and beyond.