Barn Believers does not demand burdensome commitment nor have cumbersome meetings. Volunteers and advisors bring an important array of skills to our mission: event planning, financial planning, structural engineering, business management, historical preservation, real estate sales, architectural design, and barn repair. Most of all, we bring a love for barns and a desire to save them. Working together, having fun, is what it is all about!

You may or also reach Barn Believers at:

Battle Creek Community Foundation
32 W. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1
Battle Creek Michigan, 49017
(269) 962-2181

If you have questions, suggestions, or concerns, please contact us. We do not recommend specific contractors, companies or products and strongly encourage barn owners to do careful background checks on prospective individuals or companies to evaluate their work. We are volunteers and do not profit financially from our association with Barn Believers. Our goal is to put dollars raised right back to work on behalf of barns.

While the Covid 19 pandemic has temporarily halted face to face meetings, it is an opportunity for nonprofit groups to shape future projects or take on activities that can be done safely. Use this time to great advantage for barns!

Board members are

Jan Corey Arnett

Jan Corey Arnett
(President)

 

Battle Creek. Communications and evaluation professional with foundations and nonprofits (retired). Award-winning writer/photographer and author of books, including American Barns (2013). Raised on an Upper Michigan dairy farm where the barn was the heart of the farm, Jan is known by the nickname, “The Barn Lady.” She is a co-founder of Barn Believers because “Barns are worth saving. This is a passion and a calling.”

Sue Gehrman

Sue Gehrman
(Treasurer)

 

Bedford. Retired nurse, focused in her career, on mothers and infants. Owner of a 1920s Sears Kit Barn named “Old Girl.” Co-author of the history of Bedford village and its buildings and barns. “My family’s roots are in farming. If I can make even a little difference in saving heritage barns I am thrilled to!”

Cathy Puff

Cathy Puff
(Secretary)

 

Ceresco. Partner in agriculture. “I’ve lived on a farm most of my life and have been married to a farmer for 40+ years. We enjoy travel in the Midwest and are dismayed by the dwindling number of traditional barns as they fall to decay, neglect, or the fact that owners don’t realize their value. Once they are gone, nothing can replace them.”

Jennifer Kiel

Jennifer Kiel

 

St. Johns. Editor of both Michigan Farmer and Ohio Farmer magazines. Board member of the Michigan 4-H Foundation. “Deeply aware of the challenges of agriculture today, I am concerned about how perceptions of farms and farm structures have changed. Informing and inspiring people to give new life to old barns is essential if these valuable structures are to be saved.

Jennifer Kiel

Leandro Martins

 

Lansing. I am honored to accept the invitation to work with the Barn Believers team. I moved to the US in 1998 from southern Brazil and fell in love with the engineering, designs and function of barns. I am an R.N. by profession. I want to add to the team by using my passion for photography to spread the word about all we can do to save barns. I will work together with others, to prevent the extinction of old barns whether by fire, flood, or misunderstanding, and create opportunities to “renew” them. My bilingual skills may prove helpful.

Help Build the Barn Believers Fund

Visit http://www.bccfoundation.org/giving/Barn-Believers to donate online. Be sure to enter “Barn Believers” in the search box on the link to ensure that your gift reaches Barn Believers Community Project Fund!