Group officer to speak at Christy Lecture
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- The Rev. Leroy Barber, vice president of Mission Year, is the featured speaker of the 19th annual Christy Lecture, at 7 p.m. April 23 in Wallace Memorial Chapel at Westminster College.
He will speak about "The Kingdom: Young Adults and the City."
Barber became active in Mount Zion Baptist Church as a teenager, and after he married, went on to become a deacon as he worked with the youth, teaching and leading retreats.
In 1990, burdened by the plight of the city's homeless, he founded the Restoration Ministries Inc. to serve homeless families and children living on the streets or in shelters of Philadelphia. A few years later, he began doing volunteer work with Cornerstone Christian Academy, a private Christian elementary school serving the urban poor. In 1994, he obtained his license to preach and became associate minister and minister of evangelism at Mount Zion.
He later served as founding director of Atlanta Youth Academies, a private elementary school for low-income families of the inner city. In 1998, he created a nonprofit organization to provide spiritual, recreational and educational services to children and families in the community, and two years later began East Lake Community Fellowship Church, now known as Community Fellowships.
The Christy Lecture Series honors Dr. Wayne H. Christy, a longtime faculty member and chair of the Westminster's department of religion and philosophy. The program seeks out men and women who distinguish themselves by relating religion to issues of contemporary life.
For more information, contact the college chapel office at (724) 946-7115.