I believe God wants to accomplish great things for His Kingdom through you…

if you’ll only listen to Him and follow the dream He puts in your heart. No matter how big or small, if it’s from God, He’ll provide a way for you to realize your dream.

I believe God wants to accomplish great things for His Kingdom through you…

if you’ll only listen to Him and follow the dream He puts in your heart. No matter how big or small, if it’s from God, He’ll provide a way for you to realize your dream.

I believe God wants to accomplish great things for His Kingdom through you…

if you’ll only listen to Him and follow the dream He puts in your heart. No matter how big or small, if it’s from God, He’ll provide a way for you to realize your dream.

Pastor Tommy Barnett is the Global Pastor of one of the largest Assemblies of God churches in the U.S., Dream City Church in Phoenix, Arizona. The church has become known as “The Church with a Heart” because of its more than 260 ministry outreaches, and each year, thousands give their lives to Jesus Christ, and hundreds are baptized.

Pastor Barnett is the Chancellor of Southeastern University, which named its ministry school the Barnett College of Ministry and Theology.

In 1994, Pastor Barnett and his son Matthew also co-founded The Dream Center in Los Angeles, an inner-city church and outreach center that touches the lives of 50,000 people each month. Tommy Barnett continues to serve as the Co-Pastor of The Dream Center.

Under his leadership, Dream City Church birthed the Phoenix Dream Center, which is now widely recognized not only for reaching the needy in the greater Phoenix area, but also for being a leader in helping to deliver those trapped in human trafficking.

Pastor Barnett is honored to serve on the Board of Directors of Joyce Meyer Ministries and several other prominent international ministries. He is the author of many books, including Multiplication, Hidden Power, Enlarge Your Circle of Love, Reaching Your Dreams, The Power of a Half Hour, Your Great Adventure, and now the newly released book: “What If?”

Pastor Barnett has authored more than 50 church growth programs, including The Saturday Soulwinning Society, which has been used all over the world by thousands of churches and leaders to teach their people how to win souls to Christ.

Pastor Barnett lives in Phoenix, Arizona. He and his wife, Marja, have three grown children and seven grandchildren.



Phoenix Dream Center

Personal & Family

Tommy Barnett entered the ministry at age 16 and over the years has shaped some great ministries, including Phoenix First Assembly (now Dream City Church, led by his eldest son Luke), a highly influential annual Pastors and Leaders Conference, and the Dream Center in Los Angeles, co-founded with son Matthew.

Today, Tommy has been married to his wife, Marja, for 55 years, and their three children lead ministries of their own as they carry the family legacy into the next generation.

“God has been gracious to give Marja and me wonderful children,” says Tommy, 81. “We know it’s the grace of God.”

Luke Barnett

Luke pastored AG churches in Ohio and Southern California before moving back to Phoenix to support his father’s ministry. When Tommy experienced a heart problem that sidelined him for six months in 2011, Luke led the church in the interim, and it became clear that a transition was afoot.

“I kept hearing reports that God was blessing Luke and the church,” Tommy says.  “The Lord impressed on my heart that it was time.”

In 2013, Luke officially became the senior pastor.  Under his leadership, Dream City Church has grown to 20,000 adherents, added seven large multisite campuses in less than five years and continues to offer vital support to the Phoenix Dream Center. It also started Dream City College in partnership with Southeastern University to train the next generation of leaders with the tools they need to succeed in ministry or the workplace.

“My dad was always the same person at home as in the pulpit,” Luke says.  “My dad would never ask people in the church to do things he wouldn’t do himself.”

Annalee, Luke, Aubrey & Ash Matthesius, and Angel Barnett

Kristie Barnett-Sexton

Tommy’s daughter, Kristie also lives in Phoenix and chairs a human-trafficking relief project called the Stop Traffic Walk, which benefits the Phoenix Dream Center and StreetLightUSA.  Phoenix Dream Center has become a national leader in rescuing and restoring sex-trafficked women by using groundbreaking techniques that increase successful outcomes.

Kristie speaks several times a year at Dream City Church and other churches and women’s events.  Tommy calls her “the best speaker of all of us.”

“We had a really good family upbringing,” Kristie says.  “My dad and mom gave us a lot of quality time.  They were very engaged, very present.”

Kristie’s husband and children are entrepreneurs and serve at the church in various ways.

“My dad didn’t make Christianity a bunch of do’s and don’ts, but a character issue,” Kristie says. “He built a family on integrity. Ministry was about loving God and loving people, celebrating people, serving, giving back.”

Kristie Barnett-Sexton & her family

Matthew Barnett

Matthew began preaching at 16 and went to Los Angeles at 20 to take leadership of a small, Filipino congregation. That grew to become the internationally known Dream Center, which has now helped to birth more than 200 other Dream Centers worldwide.

Today, Matthew co-pastors the Los Angeles Dream Center, an Assemblies of God mission in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Matthew is also pastor of nearby Angelus Temple, which is part of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. Angelus Temple was founded in 1923 by evangelist and social advocate Aimee Semple McPherson.

Headquartered in a converted hospital downtown, the Dream Center houses 800 full-time residents in its drug and rehabilitation program, homeless shelter, homeless veteran’s shelter, domestic violence shelter, and human trafficking wing. The ministry feeds 30,000 people each week on campus and remotely with mobile trucks. Six thousand mostly young people travel to the Dream Center to volunteer every year.

“The Dream Center has had more impact than we fathomed,” says Matthew, 45. “It still has that entrepreneurial spirit in that we see a need and take it on. There’s a perfect balance between spontaneity and order.”

What Matthew learned from his father still fuels his approach to ministry today.

“What impresses me about my dad’s ministry is his ability to celebrate little victories in the midst of going after bigger things,” Matthew says. “He can rejoice over one person’s life change as much as preaching to thousands. What called me to ministry was watching him and his love for the one.”

One household rule in particular always remained in force: no talking negatively about people in the church.

“He always said, ‘God’s people are flawed, but they are the best people in the world,’” Matthew says.

Mia, Caroline, Caden, and Matthew Barnett


A Family Legacy

Three generations of ministry for the Barnett family began with Tommy’s father, Hershel W. Barnett, who built one of the largest AG churches in his day, Victoria Tabernacle (now Village West Family Church in Kansas City, Kansas), pioneering a bus ministry in poor neighborhoods. As a young boy, Tommy rode the church bus routes with his father.

“He loved poor and hurting people,” Tommy says. “I think I caught that from him.”

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 16, 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.

After ministering as an evangelist, Tommy took the helm of Westside Assembly of God at Davenport, Iowa, and it grew to 4,000 adherents before in 1979 he accepted an invitation to lead Phoenix First Assembly (now Dream City Church) in Arizona. The church rapidly grew from 250 to 15,000. Its Pastors and Leaders school, the Dream Conference, has drawn more than 200,000 attendees in three decades.

Today, under Luke Barnett’s leadership, the church is continuing to innovate in areas such as Christian education, the deliverance and care of those caught in the horror of human trafficking, intercessory prayer, ministry to single moms, and “microsite” campuses.

The Dream Center in Los Angeles began in 1994 as an effort to rescue people from gangs, drugs, pimps, and traffickers, Tommy says. “Before we could build a church we had to build the people.”

Matthew Barnett who now leads the Dream Center everyday says his dad’s example taught him not to be in a hurry to get results.

“I realized that success isn’t what you accomplish overnight, but is about loving one person at a time,” Matthew says. “The roots of longevity that my dad carried put in my heart that I didn’t have to solve every problem immediately, but I could put roots down.”

Though Tommy never graduated from college, he served as chancellor of Grand Canyon University for two years, and is now chancellor of Southeastern University, which named its ministry school the Barnett College of Ministry and Theology.

Far from retiring, Tommy now preaches to thousands each month in places as far-flung as South Africa, Indonesia, and Siberia. Last year, he went to every continent except Antarctica.