I have lived a life full of miracles….now my passion and my mission is giving my giftedness back to God.
I was born blind. My birthplace was Kintyre, Jamaica, a close-knit but impoverished, rural community near Kingston. Doctors at the University Hospital in Kingston diagnosed me with congenital glaucoma, a rare condition in infants. During the first 8 years of my life, the doctors at the hospital performed exploratory surgeries, and conducted research on my condition.
At the age of 8, after a typical exploratory surgery, I began to see! The physicians were baffled at their success, and to this day, are unable to understand how or why the experimental treatment worked. However, my dear grandmother had been praying since the day I was born, that I might be blessed with the gift of sight. There’s no doubt in my mind, that the unexpected success of the surgery was a direct result of my grandmother’s daily prayers.
Though my sight improved, the still-perplexed doctors felt that I would likely lose my vision in the next few years, so when I was 9 years old, I was enrolled in the Salvation Army School for the Blind & Visually Impaired in Kingston. This was a boarding school, but I went home to my mom for holidays.
When I was 14, two major events happened that changed my life. I became an orphan with the death of my mother. Perhaps as a kind of solace, I discovered my passion for music at about that same time. I’d sneak into the school’s chapel where there was a piano. I began teaching myself how to play.
Shortly thereafter, I met a family from the United States, who were on a missions trip. They miraculously made the decision, and then the arrangements, to bring me back to the United States with them. I lived with 4 different families from age 16 until I turned 22. Each of these families was a blessing in my life; God used each family in different ways to demonstrate His love.
When I arrived in America, I attended Rockford Christian School in Illinois, where God began to use me in the school’s worship ministry. I began singing solos, then built a worship team, and ultimately led the worship ministry for junior high and high school students. For 17 years, God gave me the opportunity to grow my worship-leading skills, and my ability to minister to students.
In 2003, I joined the staff of Heartland Community Church, in Rockford. It was a young church that eventually grew to 6,000 in weekly attendance. I served as the Student Ministries Worship Director and as a worship leader for the main service. In 2012, I took on the role of Worship Director church-wide.
Another miracle in my life was meeting my beautiful wife Alisha, who is also involved in Christian ministry. We married in 2011. After years of legal and immigration processes, and miraculous circumstances, I became a United States citizen in August of 2013. In 2014, Alisha and I were blessed by the birth of our daughter Ashlenn. Our family is not complete without mentioning our energetic German Shepherd, Dax.
In June of 2014, I was given the opportunity to lead worship at Youth Conference Ministries' "Great Escape" in Chattanooga, TN. During a worship set, I felt it on my heart to tell my story of healing to the students intent on showing them that the God we worship still does amazing things. After telling my story, the atmosphere in the room changed. The students were singing and worshiping from a much deeper place. It was after this worship set that I knew God had given me this story so that I could use it to inspire people in all walks of faith. This was the first step in the journey of Lennox Barnett Ministries. Through prayer and some transitions at Heartland Community Church, I stepped out of my position as Worship Director and began full time pursuit of Lennox Barnett Ministries.
Since the creation of the ministry, LBM has been able to lead worship in over 20 different churches around the United States. LBM has also partnered with missions works in Jamaica, Belize, and with Kids Around the World leading worship and sharing the story of hope Lennox has to share.
I have been blessed by God in countless ways. My love and passion for worship leading, with people of any age, comes from a grateful, humble heart.
Psalms 40:1-3 I waited patiently on the Lord, He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.