Dr. Barney Ramirez is Senior Pastor and Founder of Fort Worth Harvest Church (FWHC). Pastor Barney was born and raised in Fort Worth and graduated from Texas Christian University (TCU) with a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in Latin American Studies. He subsequently earned a Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages with a concentration in evangelism from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, two of the top seminaries in the world for ministry training and academic excellence.
Pastor Barney founded FWHC focusing on those who were unchurched and disillusioned with religion. Today, FWHC is a growing, vibrant, and enthusiastic congregation of all ages and varied races. Pastor Barney is a minister, mentor, musician, educator, and businessman whose warmth, love, passion, unique style of delivery, humor, and leadership inspires people to leave tradition and religion and pursue an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ.
In 2003 and 2004 Dr. Ramirez won the "Business Man Of The Year for the State of Texas" and was asked to go to Washington, D.C. to receive his honor in a ceremony with the majority leader of the House of Representatives. Pastor Barney sits on several advisory teams and boards for various civic, business, and religious organizations which includes the Clergy and Police Alliance (CAPA) of Fort Worth, ChristianMingle (christianmingle.com), Cop Talk (thecoptalk.com) to name a few. In addition, Dr. Ramirez is an accomplished musician and has recorded with Texas Christian University (TCU) and Christ For The Nations (CFNI).
Dr. Ramirez had the wonderful privilege of growing up in a Christ honoring home where Jesus was and is the center of all the family did. He has a heart for people and desires that all come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ. Pastor Ramirez is considered by many to be a spiritual father and also a mentor to those going into ministry. He challenges them to think outside of the box in terms of doing evangelism and ministry in this postmodern age with the help of the Holy Spirit. His emphasis on relationship over religion has opened doors for countless numbers of people to come to Christ and he has had the privilege of water baptizing them as an outward expression of their faith.
In February of 2016 he married his beautiful wife Ellen. Ellen grew up as a Pastor's kid and has such a love for people. Her heart's desire is to see God's people become free from religion and condemnation. Pastor and Ellen welcomed the newest member of their family in October of 2018, Ria.