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Royal Rangers History

August 8, 2018

Do you have any history for your activities at outpost, sectional, district, regional, or national events for 2018 or 2017?. We would love to get a copy and get it posted on the history site. Whether is it Pow Wow packets, FCF packets, posters, documents, patch scans, staff listings, etc.  All history for your district and section can be posted. Please contact Mark Oliver and it will get updated quickly. We ask that patch scans/photos be a minimum resolution of 300x300. If you take a photo, please put one patch per picture and take the photo close to the patch so we get it up close.

Current News:


October 6, 2018

The Royal Rangers History website, in conjunction with the Royal Rangers national office, is issuing a set of 61 commemorative district patches over 21 months to raise funds for a project at Camp Eagle Rock. More informaton may be found here.

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This site is managed by the North Texas Royal Rangers on behalf of and is the exclusively authorized history site of the national Royal Rangers ministries office, Springfield, MO. Contacts for this site include Mark Oliver and Jonathan Trower.

National Commander - Johnnie Barnes


Many lives have changed because of his dedication to the Royal Rangers Ministry.


25 Years of Service Certificate  

This photo was taken at the first Australian National Camporama of Johnnie and Juanita Barnes in 1977.


August 6, 1989 Pentecostal Evangel, Page 14


Burial Location

Johnnie Barnes is buried in a cemetery in Springfield, Missouri. The cemetery is located at Grand and Jefferson. The GPS coordinates for the grave stone are N37° 11.6020° and W93° 17.4515°




Newspaper Articles

1989 Johnnie Barnes at Oklahoma Pow Wow

Just One More Altar Call – June 14, 1989

It was an historic day for Oklahoma Royal Rangers: the first day of the first Pow Wow at our new campground, Rangerland, outside of Chandler, OK. 

For me personally, I was staying in the FCF Village. I was also part of the Service Patrol and a leader of the Color Guard. It was a big deal for me, a fifteen-year-old boy.

We were celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Assemblies of God and the 100th anniversary of the 1889 Oklahoma Land Run. We had a Land Run at 2:00 pm where outposts ran across the campground to stake a claim to their new campsite.

To finish the monumental day, we were in for a treat. Johnnie Barnes, our national commander, was going to preach the first Pow Wow Council Fire sermon at Rangerland. Excitement was everywhere.

Commander Barnes spent time throughout the late afternoon talking to everyone he could. I was honored to shake his hand, as I had a few times before. He was such a hero to me as he was to many others.

As it got dark, we gathered in the FCF Village for Council Fire. After a great time of singing and fun, our district commander, James Eubanks, introduced Johnnie Barnes to a standing ovation.

Commander Barnes had not felt well but he had one more message and one more call to the altar for this night. He spoke about the power of God's Word and how it changed the heart of a young man who was a member of a band of outlaws in the Indian Territory. That young man ended up with a Bible and left the outlaws to return to his family in Missouri, just like the Prodigal Son. It was told in a way only Johnnie Barnes could tell. My most vivid memory of the night was the altar call. Thirty-seven boys found Salvation that night. 

That Council Fire was a fitting end to such a great day. 

Johnnie Barnes returned to Springfield the next day, Thursday, June 15. At about 6:00 pm, he had a heart attack and died at home.

At camp, after the service Thursday night, I could tell the staff had just finished a serious conversation. I was told that my bigger than life hero, Johnnie Barnes, died early that evening. It was very late so they were going to wait to make the announcement at Friday's Morning Assembly.

As a leader of the color guard, I always posted the American Flag at Morning Assembly, but not this morning. I grabbed the Ranger Flag with determination. I had to raise the Ranger Flag in his honor. Even today, I cannot put into words the honor and connection I felt raising that flag that morning.

As I reflect on this video, that camp, and the man named Johnnie Barnes, I pray the ministry of Royal Rangers meets its mission around the world. Whether it's to Reach, Teach, and Keep boys for Christ; or to Evangelize, Equip, and Empower the next generation, I pray the influence of Royal Rangers raises to new heights as boys of today learn to become the Godly men and Godly leaders of tomorrow. 

I don't want to be half the man Johnnie Barnes was. I ask God for a double portion of his ministry success upon today's leaders as we prepare a new generation of Ranger leaders for another double portion of our success.

Thank you, Johnnie, for the honor of being a part of your ministry legacy.

Ronn Cunningham, Oklahoma Royal Rangers