The son of a bi-vocational pastor, Barry pretty much “grew up in church.” He recalls that, when he was about fifteen, his dad told him, “You're the new director of the youth choir.” It proved to be an inspired choice. Barry went on to win a five-state regional “Boy Song Leader” contest sponsored by Youth for Christ, and competed for the national championship in Winona Lake, Indiana. Later, he also became an original member of a musical group known as “The Spurlows.” Created by the legendary Thurlow Spurr, this traveling gospel music group used drums, electric guitars, and a unique vocal harmony to reach teens for Christ.
In addition to his church work and music activities, Barry was also co-captain of his track team in high school, winning honors as the Forsyth County Conference champion in the 880 yard run and the long jump.
Barry's college years were spent at UNC – Chapel Hill, where his uncle, Dr. Dudley DeWitt Carroll, had served as Dean of the Business School and was the namesake for Carroll Hall. While a student, Barry took numerous religion courses under Dr. Bernard Boyd, sang with the UNC Men’s Glee Club, and was a member of the Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity.
After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management, he went to work for Burlington Industries, first as a plant industrial engineer, then as Manager of Packaging Development and Procurement. During these early years of his career, he also served as youth choir director at Lawndale Baptist Church (Greensboro), then as Minister of Music at Summerfield Baptist (Greensboro), First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (Burlington) and Holly Hill Baptist Church (Burlington).
A career change to sales – which required extensive travel – temporarily ended Barry’s involvement with church music. After retirement, however, he and his wife Barbara became active in First Baptist of Burlington, serving on many committees and teaching Sunday School. Barry was also part of the music ministry there, and served as a Deacon.
In his spare time these days, Barry enjoys playing golf with friends and serving as Minister of Music here at Antioch. He and Barbara have two grown sons, and four grandchildren.