Pastor Wayne Barber Returning To Woodland Park Baptist Church

Sunday, January 9, 2011
Wayne and Diana Barber
Wayne and Diana Barber

Dr. Wayne A. Barber - after an absence of over nine years - will be returning to Woodland Park Baptist Church.

The General Council of Elders at Woodland Park has unanimously agreed, and announced Sunday that Woodland Park Baptist Church should call him as its next senior pastor.

The 30-day affirmation period begins today and will culminate with a call for a congregational affirmation on Sunday, Feb. 13. During the affirmation period, Dr. Barber will be meeting with various leadership groups in the church, and will be the featured guest at a church wide Q&A session on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Worship Center.

Dr. Barber had previously served as Woodland Park’s senior pastor from October 1981 until July 1999. Church officials said, "During those 18 years, a great maturing of the local body took place, as the Word of God was preached with power and practical simplicity. Ministries were established and expanded, accompanied by a keen understanding of the presence and power of 'Christ in you, the hope of glory' (Colossians 1:29)."

For the past nine years, Dr. Barber has been the senior pastor of Hoffmantown Church in Albuquerque, N.M.

Because he preached at Woodland Park's recent Encourager Conference in October, he will not be preaching an “in view of a call” sermon during the 30-day affirmation period of prayer and examination. Members are invited to share any questions or comments in writing to the elders at Elders@woodlandpark.org. If affirmed by the Woodland Park membership, it is anticipated that he would begin his ministry in late February.

His messages are also available to be viewed or downloaded at www.waynebarber.com.

Members can also pick up a copy of messages preached at Woodland Park by Dr. Barber during the October REFRESH Conference, by contacting the church office.

Bio:

Wayne Barber is a graduate of Mars Hill College where he also played on the basketball team. He attended Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He received an honorary doctorate from North Florida Baptist Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, FL.

Wayne has pastored in Kentucky, Louisiana, South Carolina, Mississippi and Tennessee. For 18 years, he was pastor of Woodland Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN. While there, he developed a special relationship with Jack and Kay Arthur, founders of Precept Ministries. Wayne served as co-teacher with Kay for 14 years at Precept Ministries.

He learned to exegete Scripture by studying for 10 years with Spiros Zodhiates, one of the leading Greek scholars. During that time, Wayne hosted a radio and TV program, New Testament Light, with Dr. Zodhiates.

Wayne has taught the message of “Living Grace” around the world. He is president, founder, and principal speaker of Living Grace Ministries. He has been Sr. Pastor of Hoffmantown Church in Albuquerque, NM since March 2002.

Wayne and his wife, Diana, were married in 1969. They have two children, Steven (married to Ann) and Stephanie (married to Erik), and five wonderful grandchildren!

Wayne has authored several books, the most recent one published by Broadman and Holman is entitled Living Grace: Letting Jesus Be Jesus In You. He has also co-authored the Following God series of studies published by AMG.

Wayne enjoys the great outdoors and is an avid hunter and fishermen.



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