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Youth Minister

An energetic and dynamic leader, Mario Caleb Barnes is dedicated to transforming the lives of young people in the New Millennium.

Through his use of music, dance, technology, contemporary language, and urban expression, he continues to reach a new generation for Christ.  He currently serves as the Youth Minister for Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kansas.

Under the ministry of his father, the late Bishop Jesse L. Barnes, Caleb dedicated his life to serving God and doing outreach ministry to adolescent youth, primarily African American and Latino. Through workshops, Bible Study classes, Step teams, Youth Choirs, and his personal testimony he reaches young people in a unique manner.

An accomplished musician, Caleb is a skilled keyboardist, organist, and percussionist.  

Professionally, he serves as a Coordinator for At Risk Youth at Brooks Middle School in U.S.D 259, Wichita Public Schools.  For nearly 20 years he has been employed with the District working in many capacities, including School Behavior Liaison, Supervisor of Traffic, and English as a Second Language Instructor.


Educated in the Wichita Public Schools, he attended Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from Madison Hills University in 2014. In his spare time he is a photographer for his company, Barnes & Company Photography.  He specializes in unique Senior Photos, Portraits, and Weddings.  In addition he is an avid sports fan, passionate about music, snow and jet skiing, and loves to travel. He is married to Mrs. Keisha Barnes and the father of a young daughter, Isabella Grace.