Dear SCS family,

On behalf of Dr. Coombs and myself, it is with great sorrow that we need to inform you that our dear brother and colleague Ron Barnes went to be with the Lord last Saturday night.  On Saturday afternoon Ron went for a mountain drive and stopped for a short hike to visit a scenic point and slipped off the edge. Following a night of searching, the family was notified of his fall by the authorities.

Ron had an unwavering faith in Jesus Christ, and was a tremendous and caring pastor. One of his greatest joys was to teach the Bible, inspire others to share the gospel, and serve alongside his brothers and sisters at SCS.  I know that he loved each of us as, well as his students, very much, and that it is hard to imagine starting the new year without him. I also know that he would want us to have the same unwavering faith and trust in Jesus Christ now, and seek comfort in His promises.

This last year, SCS published Ron’s book, A Hero’s Welcome which is an in-depth biblical study of the teaching on eternal rewards when we stand before Jesus. In this book we are encouraged to live each day joyfully and faithfully in Christ, and look forward to this future moment. Welcome home Ron, you are a Hero.

We will pass on any memorial service information as soon as we hear, and please pray for his wife Ginny as well as their daughters and their families, as we all work through this together.

In Christ,
Dr. Gino Pasquariello
Provost, CAO
Southern California Seminary