Barry was the middle of three sons born in rural middle Tennessee. At the early age of 11, he believed and accepted that Jesus was “the only way, the truth, and the life.” But it wasn’t until he was in college did he begin to sort through his own sanctification. It was during his first job out of college at the age of 25 while working for Marriott International in Washington, D.C., that he joined the Mt. Vernon, VA chapter of Gideon’s. These older and more experienced men of faith, serving in a mix of church denominations, began to mentor and disciple Barry at a much deeper level. One man, retired Colonel Bill McGinty who was a fighter pilot during WWII, served as the chapter president. He was a godly man with great integrity. There arose a special bond between he and Barry which made an eternal impact on Barry’s life for which Barry is forever grateful.
After moving to Orlando, FL to work for Walt Disney Resorts, Barry met his future wife, Dianne, at First Baptist Church Orlando. After getting married, they moved to Ft. Worth, TX where Barry received two Master of Arts’ degrees at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. One degree is in Marriage and Family Counseling while the other is in Religious Education. He received the President’s Merit Scholar award upon graduation from Southwestern. Following graduation, he worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor and started a counseling program at a church before eventually re-entering the American workforce.
Barry has spent his entire career teaching, training, counseling, coaching and leading others. In his last corporate job with Wyndham Worldwide which ended in 2010, he served as the VP Leadership Enrichment & Hospitality Training where he was responsible for developing the leadership skills of 1,400 leaders and providing operational and customer service training for 6,000 employees at 150 global resorts and contact centers.
Since leaving the corporate arena, he and Dianne have their own consulting business called Business Momentum Group, Inc. Here, they continue to work with a variety of businesses and ministries from Coca-Cola to diverse church denominations.
With my education and work experience, I am capable, competent and passionate about contributing to the kingdom of Christ by equipping our brother and sister leaders in Christ around the world. I believe that working with Equipping Leaders International is a perfect fit which allows me the opportunity to maximize my impact with other leaders for His kingdom. I am thankful to have this opportunity.
Barry and Dianne have three sons and currently reside in metro Atlanta, Ga. As of 2017, they have been married for 26 years.