Barry an ordained Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America attended Covewnant College (Class of 1972), and Covenant Theological Seminary (Class of 1975.) After some pastoral work in North Dakota and Illinois, he served as Associate Pastor (1979-1995), and as Assistant Pastor for Equipping Ministries (1998-2003) at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in nearby Lake Stevens, Wa. CHPC is now named Crossroads at Lake Stevens. Barry is currently an honorably retired member of the Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest, PCA. He has done a lot of teaching - his most recent class was on Bible interpretation: "Dusting off the Good Book". Some of the other classes he taught included Making the Good Confession: Reformers of the Sixteenth Century; What does the Bible say about Being Married?; Ecclesiastes: A Reality Check; Encounters: How do Christians relate to Contemporary Thought; and Stewardship 101: For the third world and the rest of us..
Barry and Marianne have done involved in Short Term Missions in Hungary and Uganda. Barry made a missions trip to Hungary and Uganda in the Spring of 2001, and three more trips to Uganda in March, 2003, May, 2005 and November, 2007. Marianne and group of other Northwest women made a two week quilting ministry trip to Hungary and Poland in the Spring of 2002, and she made her fourth trip to Kaposvár in March, 2004. Barry and Marianne also travelled to Hungary for Sarah's Wedding(s) in 2002 and the births of our two grandsons, Robi in 2004 and Benji in 2007. Missions related pages on this site include links for Hungary, and Uganda and an extensive Missions Reading List.
Barry started telling stories in Reach Out Summer Vacation Bible Schools, developed six VBS Curriculums available on this site, and often uses storytelling in his teaching and preaching the Gospel. His curriculum, Wanted! Children after God's Own Heart! © has been used by many churches since 2000. He has a useful Christian Teacher's Manual.
Visit Barry's "Secret Ambitions" page for more on his avocations: Besides tending to his Storytelling and other web pages, he enjoys Reading both fiction and non-fiction - with frequent trips to the Everett Public Library, Cooking, and playing Table Games with friends. Barry has a Vegetable Garden, likes walking, Sudoku and Jigsaw puzzles. He collects Chess sets and builds Wood Ship Models from time to time. He listens to NPR and likes Jazz and Classical Music. His two cats keep him entertained as well.
Barry and Marianne have a son Paul who works for IBM in San Jose, California at IBM's Laboratory in the Santa Teresa Hills. Paul was married to Brianne O'Fallon of San Jose in August, 2006 and they live in San Jose, Ca. Brianne received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Samuel Merritt University in the Spring of 2009. Victoria Marie McWilliams was born July 3rd. 2012 in San Jose, CA. and is well travelled, taking frequent hikes with her parents and frequently photgraphed. Paul and Brianne also enjoy two cats, hiking many trails around the Bay Area, visiting local parks, and the area's "Jazz scene". Paul enjoys taking pictures of their outings, and has blogged some of them.
Paul is a 2004 graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in Technical Communication. Before College and the University, He served for four years in the United States Navy aboard the U.S.S. Salvor, one of the USS Navy's "high tech" salvage ships. Graduating with High Honors from Everett Community College in the winter of 2001, Paul was called back for an additional year of active duty at Naval Station Everett in September of 2001 before beginning his studies at the UW. Paul served in the U.S. Naval Reserve during his college and university years.
Barry and Marianne's daughter, Sarah Balogh, served as an International Messengers missionary in Kaposvár, Hungary from 2000 to 2008. Her monthly Prayer Letters are also on this website. She was married in the late summer of 2002 to Bruno Balogh of Mende, Hungary. After several years of ministry in Kaposvar, the Balogh's moved South Everett in March of 2008, and now own a duplex in North Everett, near Barry and Marianne. Sarah is a Certified Nursing Assistant at Providence General Hospital in Everett, and Bruno does Maintainence work for an apartment complex. They have two sons and a daughter. Both Robert Norman Balogh (Robi), born October 21st, 2004, and Benjamin David Balogh (Benji) born on August 3rd, 2007 were born in Hungary. Abigél Eliza Balogh (Abi) was born November 11th, 2009 in Everett. Having them close by has been good, with many outings to local parks and beaches, the Imagine Children's Museum, and the Woodland Park Zoo.
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