Larita Barnes is a licensed and ordained pastor with over 25 years’ experience in consultancy and advocacy.
Larita Rice-Barnes is a licensed and ordained pastor with over 25 years’ experience and extensive background in consultancy, advocacy, political advisory and social services working with at-risk populations, individuals and families who are either unhoused or at risk of being unhoused, violently injured persons, frequent flyers and emotionally traumatized individuals and their families providing intensive on-going case management. Larita has over two decades of experience providing counseling, grief support, trauma informed care, crisis intervention and victim’s advocacy.
Her area of focus includes faith-based organizing, and community engagement with an emphasis on urban ministry, urban chaplaincy, and violence prevention. She has demonstrated the ability to build strong interpersonal-trusted relationships with peers, clients, health and justice systems, school systems and community agencies on behalf of clients and families.
She holds a Master’s degree from Eden Theological Seminary, a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Security Management from Saint Louis University and an Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education from Southwestern Illinois College.