Chaplain Matthew Barnes is blessed to have an incredible Christian heritage. Growing up in a pastor’s family, he was taught the importance of ministering to others. Matthew’s father is the pastor of Hope Baptist Church in Sunman, Indiana, and Matthew is a missionary sent out of HBC.
Matthew was called to preach at the age of 19, and after seven years of biblical study and on-the-job-training, he was ordained January 11, 2003. He has had the opportunity to minister in many different venues over the years: from missions conferences to prayer breakfasts, weddings to funerals, and from rescue missions to the Indiana Statehouse.
Matthew worked for several years bi-vocationally with a desire to go into full-time ministry. In the fall of 2004, after listening to a sermon on praying for political leaders, God placed a burden on Matthew's heart to begin a ministry in the Indiana Statehouse. A short time later, he founded Public Servants' Prayer.
Since 2004, ministry in the Statehouse has expanded in more ways than could have been imagined. God has provided Matthew with incredible opportunities to lead Bible Studies, Chapel Services, Annual Statehouse Prayer Services, Prayer Breakfasts, and Pastors’ Statehouse Days. These events, combined with faithful interaction within the capitol community, have opened many doors for sharing the Good News and testimonies of God’s faithfulness.
In addition, Matthew travels to many churches throughout the United States with an extended vision. He desires to see them gain a passion for ministry to their individual elected leaders through prayer, encouragement, and the Word of God.
Women's Ministry Director
Pam was born and raised in rural England and came to live in the states by way of love and marriage. Her spiritual heritage is that of the Church of England, including primary and secondary schools, but her faith in Christ was completed in the US under the ministry of Jesse and Nettie Miller, missionaries to the US military. Pam and her husband served in the military chapel wherever they were stationed, ministering to military singles and spouses.
Since those days Pam has served as a chaplain in ministry to incarcerated women, leading to the founding of a Biblical substance abuse counseling ministry that has a national and international reach.
In 2010 the Lord called Pam to serve as Women’s Chaplain at the Indiana Statehouse, joining Matt Barnes, who founded the ministry there. God has granted favor and opened many doors, enabling Pam to share the Good News, lead Bible Studies, counsel leaders and their staff, found Women’s Statehouse Day, pray in the legislature, and grow relationships of trust with women state leaders. Pam has also traveled to other countries to train and speak on the work of ministry to public servants. Pam also delights to speak to churches and women’s groups here in the US about ministry in the political arena.
Pam’s desire is counter-culture, exhorting believers to care deeply about their elected leaders, regardless of party or ideology, and minister to them biblically by prayer and encouragement, building bridges that will open doors for the Gospel.
Pam is a published author, and has three children and eleven grandchildren.
Tim Overton was ordained as a minister in 2004 by South Avenue Baptist Church. He is currently serving as the senior pastor at Kingston Avenue Baptist Church in Anderson, Indiana. In 2017, Tim became the Associate Director of Public Servants’ Prayer. He has a Philosophy and History degree as well as a Master of Divinity degree. He enjoys reading, sports, and travel.
Sarah Barnes has been helping the ministry in the Indiana Statehouse since she was 3 years old. She has helped Public Servants' Prayer in many ways over the years. Most recently she has been our marketing director and assisting in photography and web design. Her hobbies include playing and coaching sports as well as photography.
Jennifer Blankenship has served with Public Servants’ Prayer as the administrative assistant since 2009. Prior to joining the ministry, she had worked for several years as the office manager at her home church where she excelled in administration and graphic art. She is grateful to partner with Public Servants’ Prayer and use her gifts to advance the Gospel in the political arena while continuing to serve her church. She resides on the northeast side of Indianapolis with her family and is an aunt to five nieces and three nephews. She enjoys photography, baking, cycling, and discipling women in their relationship with the Lord.
Debbie Magnuson loves to serve the Lord in a variety of ways! She has a Masters of Music degree from Butler University and founded/taught the orchestra program in the Carmel Clay Schools for eight years, then homeschooled their four children for 26 years. She is the violinist for The Dolce Trio since 1981, serves as the administrative assistant for the Indiana Leadership Prayer Breakfast, teaches Fine Arts at Indiana Wesleyan University, and enjoys serving PSP behind the scenes with social media--especially Twitter. She and her husband Terry, a public school administrator and basketball official, reside in Greenwood. They are also blessed to have three grandchildren.