Frank Barker Jr. grew up in the church but didn't truly come to faith in Christ until many years later. He lived a reckless and dangerous lifestyle as a fighter pilot, but God protected him for His purposes. After his conversion he became the pastor and founder of Briarwood Presbyterian Church, and served there for over 40 years. His story tells of the power and faithfulness of God to accomplish His purpose in our lives.
Mary Lou Davis has also written (with Janie Buck) Flight Path
, the biography of Frank Barker Jnr. For many years she worked with Campus Crusade and now works with Campus Outreach, a student work of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama.
Early in my ministry, I spent several days with Frank, following him around and watching everything he did to learn all I could from him. Besides his commitment to prayer and his heart for evangelism, the other obvious fact about Frank's life and ministry was how hard he worked daily from early until late..The Lord greatly blessed Frank's diligence as well as his faithfulness.
One of the great American pastors of the twentieth century, Dr. Frank Barker's dramatic conversion and selfless service translated into a remarkable ministry that touched thousands of lives and made a major contribution to international missions. If I were to select a model pastor, Frank Barker would be that person. I am thrilled that his life story is now available so that more people can become acquainted with this gifted man of God and the global vision that marked his ministry at Briarwood Presbyterian Church.
What an extraordinary privilege to recommend this book on one of the great pastors that our Lord has provided for His church, Dr. Frank Barker. Frank has been my mentor, my friend, and now my colleague as he serves as Pastor Emeritus of Briarwood where I have had the privilege to follow him into the role of Senior Pastor at that church the Lord used him to establish and grow with the mission to "reach Birmingham to reach the world for Christ." This book will give you insights on how the extraordinary power of God works through a man who has an extraordinary commitment to serve His God.
Janie Buck having applied her skills to share the testimony of my good friend and home pastor, Frank Barker, should result in thousands being blessed in a phenomenal way. At long last the story of this humble man who built one of the leading churches in this country is being told. Frank's simple life of faith in a supernatural God who delights in doing the impossible when we trust Him should warm your heart, and hopefully be an example to many. I was spiritually refreshed as I relived some of the experiences related in this wonderful book.
Pick this book up and you'll find it hard to put it down... you will be truly challenged and humbled by their zeal, vision, sacrificial giving and burden for the lost.
"An interesting book that tells a fascinating life-story, Flight Path was an enjoyable read and one I am glad to recommend."
'I highly recommend this book to young pastors because it will enrich their ministry. They will discover the central ingredients of the Christian life and how to have a missions program that will be a blessing to the entire world. I thank God for Frank Barker.'
'As I've read this book, I've laughed and I've cried and I've rejoiced in its honesty and reality but, far more than that, I've seen Christ and what He will do through His servants who will do it His way. Read this book! You'll be so glad you did.'
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