Reverend Harvey Barnes - Independent Funeral Minister in Plymouth
Rev'd Harvey Barnes - Independent Funeral Minister

About Harvey

Harvey BarnesThey say that life is full of surprises and they're not wrong. As a youngster growing up in West Cornwall I couldn't have envisaged I'd be Ordained by the Church of England at the age of 44.

I was born in Plymouth and moved around as a child, living in Cornwall, Birmingham and Portland in Dorset, before returning to Plymouth in 1977. Accompanying my gran to the Methodist Chapel in Newlyn was my initiation into Church life - the saffron buns and heavy cake laid on after the service were the highlight, as I recall.

I completed an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering at the former Plymouth factory, Arrow Hart, and went on to work in a couple of other factories in the city before entering the world of civil and structural engineering.

Married to Annie with a grown-up son, we both share a passion for Chelsea Football Club - Annie and I, that is. Our son still needs a little more persuasion!

After selection and training at the beginning of the millennium, the Church of England licensed me as a Reader (a lay or non-ordained minister). Following further study, I was Ordained in 2005, after which time I entered into full-time ministry and completed my theology degree at Exeter University.

I have been operating as an independent funeral celebrant in Plymouth since 2009. This enables me to extend a greater level of support and care to bereaved families.