Singing with his parents since he was a little boy, world renowned Walter Barnes, Jr., knew that he was anointed to sing and play.
He is a dynamically skilled, multifaceted musician, whose instrumental portfolio includes bass, guitar, and drums. His salvation and love for God, has encouraged him to utilize his talents to minister through gospel music. Set aside for such a time as this to fulfill his God given abilities, he formed Men of Ministry (formerly known as "All Gods Children") in 1989, to spread the unadulterated Word of God through song.
Although many setbacks have come to deter their course, they stand on Gods word. Having been faced with death within the group and many other challenging experiences that the enemy meant for bad, their foundation in Jesus Christ strengthens their faith to know that, All things work together for good, and they have remained determined to keep fighting, and have used those experiences in their writing, in order to be used for Gods glory, and minister to someone who may be experiencing similar situations.
These young men pressed toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Phil 3:14), and in 2005, the Lord blessed Walter Barnes, Jr. & Men of Ministry to record their first nationally-released album entitled, "Appointed Time."
This compilation has 13 original tracks that intertwine traditional and contemporary gospel music. It is power-packed and is destined to grasp the attention of people, young and old, from all walks of life. In 2007, Walter Barnes, Jr. & Men of Ministry signed with renown management company, JTA Productions & Management, Inc. ( www.jtamanagement.com ) out of Summerville, SC under the direction of Mr. Jonathan T. Adams (a native of Cleveland, Ohio), who is currently the groups manager.
Within one year of signing with JTA Productions & Management, Walter Barnes, Jr. & Men of Ministry appeared on three major television networks, including The Word Network, TV-One and BET (Black Entertainment Television).
Far from novice, Walter Barnes, Jr. & Men of Ministry has performed and/or recorded with national recording artists such as, Yolanda Adams, Karen Clark-Sheard, Ruben Studdard,Gerald Levert, The O Jays, Anthony Hamilton, Avant, Musiq Soul Child, Brian McKnight, Kim Burrell, Patti Labelle, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Anita Baker, and The Canton Spirituals, to name a few.
Walter Barnes, Jr. & Men of Ministry has appeared on National Syndicated television shows such as, Bobby Jones Gospel and The Gospel of Music with Jeff Majors. In May of 2009 Walter Barnes, Jr. became one of the top 3 finalists of MTVs, "P. Diddys; Making His Band."
Stephen Fowler (background vocalist and organist) of Men of Ministry acquired a slot as one of the top 36 finalists of the 2009 season of "American Idol." These accomplishments were a result of efforts to gain exposure and open up doors of opportunity for the group.
God has also blessed Walter Barnes, Jr. & Men of Ministry to tour in Jamaica, and overseas in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Austria, Poland, and South Africa to take the good news of Christ internationally. Walter Barnes, Jr. & Men of Ministry strives to set a positive example for other young people to emulate. Their focus is to spread the unadulterated Word of God through song, telling everyone that, Only what you do for Christ will last; and no matter what you're going through, God will send a break-through your way. So until your Appointed Time, just wait until your chance comes.