Dr. Barrie grew up near the seminary in Poway, California, before attending the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. After receiving a B.S. in Political Science in 1994, he served five years as a strategic intelligence officer in the U.S. Army in Arizona, Georgia, and overseas in Germany. Dr. Barrie served as a ruling elder in the PCA for 4 years before attending WSC, where he completed an M.Div in 2003. During his eighteen years of ministry, Dr. Barrie has emphasized counseling and discipleship. He earned his D.Min in Pastoral Counseling in 2013 from Westminster Theological Seminary with a capstone project titled, “When Two Become One: Preparing for Grace-Based Marriage.”
Dr. Barrie has taught practical theology at WSC as visiting lecturer and adjunct professor since 2009. He has also served as Project Advisor for the Doctor of Ministry Program for Westminster Theological Seminary for the past six years. Dr. Barrie has spoken at conferences around the country for Peacemaker Ministries and the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation. He has also lectured internationally in Malaysia and Bangladesh and throughout Northern Mexico.
Dr. Barrie is married to his high-school sweetheart, Kristin. They have three grown children and a son-in-law.
What I Want to Instill in My Students
"Mindful that we commend to others what we cherish most, I aim to instill in my students an abiding hope in the sure promises of Christ and a zeal to be conformed to his image. I pray that my students grow in their love and personal awareness of the diverse people of God in the local church, and gain wisdom to preach, teach and counsel those saints from the Word with humility, compassion, clarity and boldness."