The Rev. Maxine Barnett was born in Jamaica. After graduating from high school, Maxine attended a teachers’ college in Kingston, Jamaica before migrating to America in 1978. She completed a Masters degree in Educational Psychology at New York University, and worked at an independent school in Brooklyn as a classroom teacher and administrator for 31 years. Maxine considered teaching a true vocation and enjoyed working with young children and collaborating with teachers to develop curriculum.
During that time, Maxine found a church home at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Queens. And over the years, she participated in the Young Adult ministry and served as vestry member, Sunday school superintendent and teacher, Eucharistic minister, lay reader and lay preacher. It is in this community that she consciously began to discern the call to ordained ministry, and was supported by the rector and members of St. David’s through this life-changing process.
Maxine’s journey led to studying and living in community at Virginia Theological Seminary. She graduated from VTS on May 21, 2015. Maxine is enthusiastic and grateful about the call to serve as curate at St. Jude’s. She brings her passion for teaching and preaching in order to discern, foster and enable active meaningful discipleship. Maxine looks forward to learning and growing as part of this very vibrant parish, believing that God has directed her path to this community.