Luke Barnett is a charismatic pastor, husband, father, author, international speaker and visionary. Luke and his wife, Angel, have been married over 25 years and have two daughters, Aubrey and Annalee. Luke is Senior Pastor of Dream City Church (DCC), with eight campuses and a church body of over 30,000 people. He is driven by a God-inspired vision to see Arizona become known as a Christian state.
Pastor Luke is a passionate advocate of human trafficking rescue and humanitarian relief. According to the U.S. State Department, Arizona is the main destination and transit point for labor and sex trafficking, both nationally and internationally. The Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Colorado City Dream Centers, along with StreetLightUSA, now house the world’s largest human trafficking rescue and recovery programs, earning a 92% success rate with over 2,800 girls rescued to date, some as young as nine years old. At the Phoenix Dream Center 126 babies were born during the girls time in the program.
The Colorado City Dream Center rescues women and children from the polygamist cult led by Warren Jeffs, who is currently serving a life plus 20-year prison sentence. The Dream Center provides hope, emotional support, education, food, identity recovery, and job placement as part of a transition plan, moving victims from an oppressive socialistic community to a healthy, restored, modern economy.
The Dream Centers are also dedicated to feeding and serving the homeless, housing and empowering military veterans, caring for aged-out foster kids, and recovering individuals struggling with addiction. These programs impact over 45,000 people weekly through hundreds of recovery initiatives, food distribution centers, housing, education, and job placements. Even the jails and prison systems are reached with 44 different church services to thousands of inmates each week. Ultimately, the individuals in our programs enter back into society with a 91% success rate.
Luke has led the outreach arm of Dream City Church to be stronger than ever through ministries that reach locally, regionally, and globally; Thrive, Where Hope Lives, StreetlightUSA, Mom’s Pantry, Adopt-A-Block, Celebrate Recovery, Grief Share, and The Dream Centers are great examples of… “finding a need and filling it, finding a hurt and healing it.”
The Performing Arts have a special place in Pastor Luke’s heart, and one of DCC’s longest running events is the annual Celebration of Christmas. Over the past 42 years, this presentation has told the timeless story of Christ’s birth to over 2 million people. It is a Broadway-style spectacle with over 1,000 cast members, flying angels, live animals, and a full live orchestra.
Luke Barnett serves as a board member of Southeastern University (SEU) based in Lakeland, Florida. He has invested in developing strong Christian leaders by launching Dream City College in partnership with SEU in 2017; a four-year accredited program designed to equip the next generation of pastors and ministry leaders. He also influenced Christian education through Dream City Christian school, a forerunner in its class, based at Dream City Church’s Glendale Campus.
Luke has mentored thousands of pastors and business leaders through DCC’s annual “Dream Conference,” filled with practical tools and inspirational teachings. Dream Conference has been responsible for training and inspiring over 200,000 pastors and leaders over the past 42 years. Pastors such as T.D. Jakes, Chris Hodges, and Jentezen Franklin can attest to the life-changing atmosphere of Dream Conference.
Luke Barnett authored ‘The Dream Centered Life’ in 2015, which is based on his foundational life message and teaches the reader how to have a God-sized Dream.
At Dream City Church, Luke Barnett has made it his mission to establish a place where everyone is welcome, where there is recognition that no one is perfect, and that each and every person matters to God. He has dedicated his entire life’s work to serving God and people.