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Journeying to Ghana with Barry E. Knighton, MSW

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Get to Know Me

My name is Barry E. Knighton, MSW and I am a native of the South Carolina Lowcountry, being reared in the cities of Hardeeville and Charleston. I graduated from Abundant Life Academy in Hardeeville, SC. In addition, I graduated from the University of South Carolina, receiving both a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History with an emphasis in Secondary Education and a Master's Degree in Social Work. Currently, I am working on a Doctor of Education in Education, Policy, Organization, and Leadership with a concentration in Human Resource Development at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In addition, I am a social worker with the State of South Carolina and a Adjunct Professor with the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina.

About My Trip

Bishop TD Jakes said, “If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” If you know me, my passion is always community outreach and international humanitarian mission projects! I love social work, people, outreach, and changing lives for the better! But, most importantly, I love Africa! So, from August 28, 2023 – September 13, 2023, I have been invited back to Ghana for my fifth humanitarian, social work project. This trip is the beginning of my new foundation called the Vineyard Foundation. which includes:

• Leadership development training for schoolteachers
• Educational literacy development for school children
• Community outreach & development initiatives

No VACATION, but a MISSIONcation. For more information about the Vineyard Foundation, please visit the website at Also, follow us on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.


The vineyard Foundation is a nonprofit, tax exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is a registered Non-Profit Organization in South Carolina (EIN No.: 88-2161264). Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Thanking you in advance for taking the journey with me through Partnership! Let’s GO!

Just a thought: “Integrity is not something you show others. It is how you behave behind their back.” Author Unknown


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