Larry and Shelby Barker were married in June of 1978 and have been in full time ministry ever since. He attended Central Baptist College from 1976-1979 and later graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Masters of Theology. He pastored over twenty years, planted a church in Illinois, and served as a missionary in Romania.
In 2005 Larry was elected to serve the BMAA Missions Department in a dual role as Romanian Church Coordinator and to lead Barnabas Touch Ministry teams. Then in 2007 he became the Director of Operations for North America, overseeing church planting. He has a passion to see hundreds of churches planted throughout the USA and Canada. His purpose statement is, “raising up a generation of church planters to transform their communities with the gospel.”
His greatest passion is mentoring catalytic leaders on a consistent and intentional schedule. He is committed to not placing himself in any ministry that will limit the fulfillment of this life goal. He regularly schedules mentoring groups with planters, pastors, catalytic leaders, and family members to pour into them!
Shelby is an RN and serves as a charge nurse at Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton, AR. The Barkers have three children: Meredith, Matthew (wife Allison), and Benjamin (wife Kimi). They also have four grandsons, Lincoln, Lucas, Calix, and Bear.
Caroline Hare is a Nashville, Tennessee native, and has a degree in Youth and Family Ministry from Abilene Christian University. She's currently the Assistant to the Lead Pastor for Ministry Coordination and Next Generations Pastor at Destin United Methodist Church in Destin, FL. Caroline has done full time youth ministry for 13 years in churches in Dallas, TX, Huntsville, AL, Birmingham, AL and Destin, FL. In 2013, Caroline founded Waves Girls Conference, and is excited that Waves Ministry, INC. is able to minister to girls and women in youth and young adult ministry locally and globally. In 2018, Waves reached over 2500 girls in Tanzania and in the states. In addition, Caroline has done podcasts, written small group curriculum, and articles for Seedbed, The Upper Room Books, and the Youth Worker Collective. She has a column in The Destin Log called "Big Hare, Big Faith." Caroline is a part of the United States Coalition of Apostolic Leaders Futures Alliance. Having done ministry or preached in 8 different Nations, Caroline is excited for the journey God has her on in this season.
Jonathan Godfrey was Born in Valdosta Georgia and grew up in South Alabama. He has an older brother and younger sister and accepted Christ as a nine-year-old boy in Mobile Alabama. He married his high school sweetheart Heather in 1994. Jonathan and Heather have a son named Clayton who currently plays on the men’s tennis team at Point University in West Point Georgia. He attended Valdosta State University with a degree in public relations.
Jonathan is the president of Mailsort Macon, a commercial printing and mailing firm located in Macon Georgia. Mailsort currently prints and mails newsletters for Hope for the World Foundation and several monthly newsletters for Hope for the World missionaries, Roger and Cherie Mullins, Riley and Debbie Shelton, and Larry and Marsha Bannister. He has been in the advertising industry for over 20 years. He and his dad have been big supporters of Hope for the World for many years and continue to support Hope for the World.
The Godfrey’s attend Rock Springs Church in Milner, GA and are actively involved with their church.
Yuriy Mayba is from Ukraine and moved to Seattle Washington when he was 16 years old. He married Viktoriya Mayba, who is also from Ukraine and they have 3 beautiful children, Lana, Michael, and Melanie. Yuriy has been in ministry for over 16 years serving in youth ministry. He had his own Christian contemporary band that travelled across the country. He then felt God called he and his wife to pastor and both he and Viktoriya went to bible college in Oklahoma City where he also served as a worship pastor. After Bible college, they served under Pastor Randy Bezet at Bayside Community Church in Bradenton, FL who is part of the Association of Related Churches (ARC)
Yuriy and Viktoriya felt called by God to plant a church in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. They planted Impulse church under the ARC Fellowship of churches in September 2017 where he is currently pastoring. He is also an entrepreneur and has owned his own businesses.
Chris (picture in the back with the hat on) and his wife, Sandi, have been married since July 1984. They have a son and daughter-in-law, two daughters, one son-in-law, and two granddaughters. They also have an adopted daughter from Albania. Chris and Sandi attend Glen Haven Baptist Church in McDonough, Georgia.
Chris graduated from Baptist University in 1981 with a degree in Business Management. He taught high school and coached until 1991 when he started his current business, DCM Contracting, Inc. The company constructs residential and commercial projects, including many churches.
Chris took his first short term mission trip to Albania in 2002. He has taken many trips and teams back to Sarande since then. On these trips, they typically have Vacation Bible School for the orphanage in Saranda. They also work on much needed construction projects at the orphanage. Chris has a passion for the orphans and meeting their needs, both physical and spiritual.
Born into a Korean-American military family, Daniel spent his childhood and youth years living in Germany, Korea and the western part of the United States. After graduating from Bible College with a degree in Bachelors of Science in Pastoral Ministries and Bible, Daniel took his first ministry position in Mobile, AL where he fell in love with southern culture. It was there he met and married his wife Erin and they now have two boys, Zay (6), True (3) and one on the way due in October. Daniel is an approved church planter through the North American Mission Board with a passion to reach the un-churched. Having lived in Gadsden for the past five years, Daniel launched Cornerstone Church in the downtown community in February of 2015. Under his leadership, Cornerstone has seen God grow this church from about 70 regular attenders to over 200 every week! Now going into their second year as a church, Daniel continues to be innovative when it comes to reaching people who are un-churched, de-churched or just uninterested. He strives for Cornerstone to be a place to belong because he knows that with God, He can make all things new.