Barry Lawrence

Elder

Passions & Hobbies
My passions are my pursuit of Christ and spending time with my family. For my hobbies, I enjoy playing golf jogging, and reading biographies.

Life changing moment
I came to faith in Christ when I was 6 years old as a result of a Good News Club my mother led along with another neighbor. However, it wasn’t until I was 16 years old that the full implication of God’s call on my life was realized. I attended a summer youth conference in New Jersey and the speaker spoke on Romans 12:1 about presenting our lives as a living sacrifice for God to use us however he desires. I remember standing up at the end of the service along with other students declaring before God and others my desire to have him lead me wherever he wanted. That day changed my life and eventually led me into full-time service.

Favorite Bible Story

I love the Bible and the many stories that are in it. If I had to pick one, it would be the story of Nehemiah as a model for Christian leaders. Nehemiah had a burden that became a vision and led the people to fulfill that vision despite the obstacles.

What I want my legacy to be
I would like to leave a legacy like this: He treasured Jesus, loved his family, and gladly served others.

Person who had a significant impact on my life

My Sunday School teacher, who for years taught our group of boys, had a great impact on my life. He taught the Word faithfully and modeled what it meant to walk with Jesus. A few years ago, I bumped into him at a nursing home and had the joy of thanking him for his impact in my life.

People would be surprised to know that…
I won a song leading contest in Ocean City, NJ  at  a Youth for Christ Conference in my junior year of high school.

Family

I am happily married to Diane who is my best friend. We have two grown daughters, Stefanie and Holly. Both are married and we have been blessed with eight grandchildren.

Favorite Music
Enjoy varieties of music but Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin, and the Getty’s would be at the top of my list.

Favorite Sports Team
The New York Yankees and Buffalo Bills.

Education

After high school, attended Cairn University in Philadelphia and graduated with a BS degree in Bible. Then we moved to Dallas where I attended Dallas Seminary receiving my Master of Theology. I also did some additional post-grad study at Trinity Seminary in Chicago.