Guest Speaker March 24, 2019

Bill Barker is a State Missionary with the Georgia Baptist Mission Board (GBMB). He serves as the Director of Appalachian Mountain Ministry, covering a 12-state region within Appalachia. Appalachian Mountain Ministry is a ministry of GBMB.  

Appalachian Mountain Ministry is an intentional missions response of Georgia Baptists to the spiritual and physical needs of persons living in the Appalachian region by mobilizing Southern Baptists and their resources to provide ministries, to evangelize the lost, to assist existing churches and new church starts in the multi-state region of Appalachia.  Appalachian Mountain Ministry (AMM) provides multiple short-term volunteer mission opportunities across the Appalachian region and the surrounding area in cooperation with compassionate ministry sites, churches, missions, and new church starts that relate to the Southern Baptist Convention.

He was born in Cha​rleston, West Virginia. He earned an associate degree from Dalton State College, Dalton, Georgia, a bachelor’s degree from Shorter College in Rome, Georgia, and a bachelor’s and Master of Divinity from Covington Theological Seminary, Rossville, Georgia. He also attended Tennessee Temple Bible School, Chattanooga Tennessee and Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Bill has served as senior pastor of churches in Georgia and Tennessee.

Bill served as National Missionary with the North American Mission Board from May 2001 to December 2017 as the National Director of Appalachian Regional Ministry and the Mississippi River Ministry.  

He and his wife, Arlene, have two sons; Brad and Alex. Brad recently moved to South Dakota to work with the National Park Service and has an adopted deaf son, Kolt.  Alex is married to Mandy Gooch and is in the USAF Reserves where he serves as a Firefighter. He also serves with the National Park Service in Law Enforcement on the Blue Ridge Parkway. They have two sons, Zach and Cody and live in Franklin, NC. Bill and Arlene live in Clayton, GA.

The Georgia Baptist Mission Board, located in Duluth, GA and is the home of the Georgia Baptist Convention, SBC mission agency. The Board oversees the work of missionaries like Bill who depend on faithful support through the Cooperative Program.

Georgia Baptist Mission Board Missions & Ministry Center, 6405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097-4092. Phone: 770-455-0404 or Toll Free: 800-746-4422.

Bill Barker

Appalachian Mountain Ministry

81 Starling Hill Lane

Clayton, GA 30525



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