Jonathan Barker

I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Tyler, TX. Growing up, church was never a big part of my life. In fact, I stopped attending altogether when I was in 6th grade. I met my beautiful wife as a junior in high school and as we started dating in 2009, I found myself attending church more and more starting to learn more about who God is. In 2014, my wife, Sarah, and I were married and moved to DFW. As most young newlyweds, we were struggling to make ends meet and I found myself as a server at Buffalo Wild Wings. One night I served a couple who invited us to go to church and study the Bible with them. What started as a casual devotional, turned into a several month long journey of discovery. On February 19, 2015, I was baptized and made Jesus lord of my life. As a disciple of Christ, I desire more than anything to share Jesus with others. I have always felt the calling on my heart to serve the youth.  Over the last 5 years, I have worked as the Teen Director for The Boys & Girls Club of Tarrant County serving underprivileged youth and have served elementary through high school aged students in our church.

Over the years, my wife and I have grown our family and we have a son Israel (4) and daughter Rowan (2). In August 2020, we took a leap of faith and moved our family from DFW back to Tyler, TX for a coaching opportunity at Grace Community School. As I worked alongside the staff and students here at Grace, I developed strong connections and felt the Spirit moving me to do more. The Lord heard my prayer and fulfilled my desire to be in the ministry full-time here at GSM. I am eager and excited to serve the students and families in this incredible community where the Lord has placed me.