Jonathan grew up in a Christian home and had the privilege of having a Pastor for his father. He was saved at the age of ten years old through the preaching of God’s Word. Upon graduating from high school, the Lord led him to enroll at Baptist College of Ministry in Menomonee Falls, WI where he surrendered to the call to preach during his freshmen year. He graduated in 2005 with a B.A. in Bible, and again in 2008 with an M.A. in Bible. During his college and seminary years he traveled with evangelists Jim Van Gelderen and Billy Ingram. These times on the road were used of God to direct him into the ministry of evangelism.
In 2008, the Barbers went on the road as an evangelist with Minutemen Ministries and as Staff Evangelist for Baptist College of Ministry leading the Cola-Clash youth outreach every summer. God blessed their ministry, opening many doors including a 6-month stint in Arklow, Ireland for the purpose of planting a church with a missionary. In 2010, God opened the door for the Barbers to lead the Netcasters Evangelistic Team for the purpose of training local churches in the important matter of personal soulwinning. The Barbers are thrilled to have been a part of souls saved and soul-winners trained all around the country.
Currently, the Barbers travel in evangelism based out of Kettering, Ohio, pursuing revival and evangelistic opportunities as God directs. Brother Barber is burdened that God would use him to equip the churches for the ministry according to Ephesians 4:11-12.
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Rebecca grew up in a Christian home as well in Center Point, IA. During a week of summer camp at Camp Joy, in Whitewater, WI, God convicted her through the preaching of His Word. She accepted the Lord at that time and gave her life to the Lord’s use. God directed her to Baptist College of Ministry as well where she met Jonathan. God definitely used her education to prepare her for ministry on the road. Rebecca has spoken for various ladies groups as well as teen girls sessions and children’s meetings. She has a burden for souls and is actively a part of the ministry. During Netcasters training weeks, Rebecca oversees the Junior Netcasters program. She is also the piano player for any special music throughout the week.
Rebecca enjoys taking care of Samuel, Erin and Joel, as well as cooking, and walking. She also loves being able to meet people around the country, and is grateful for the many relationships God has allowed her to build while traveling. If you would like to stay in touch with her, she would love that. You may reach her here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rebecca’s life verse is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
After four years of marriage, the Lord graciously blessed the Barbers with the birth of Samuel Isaac on November 2nd, 2009. He was truly a miracle since they came very close to losing him in the 16th week of the pregnancy. This caused the Barbers to come off the road for several months as Rebecca was on bed rest. Samuel did come 4 weeks early, but he was as healthy as could be. Samuel means, “Asked of God.” Isaac means, “Laughter.” Samuel has given much cause for that since he came into the world!
When Samuel was a few months shy of four-years-old, he was shaken by the news of a bus crash from Colonial Hills Baptist Church. Prior to this, Samuel had been hearing the Gospel every day for weeks during our Junior Netcasters meetings, Cola-Clash meetings, and Vacation Bible School meetings. Although he could quote the verses and literally explain the Gospel point-by-point, there was something lacking. The bus crash caused Samuel to ask a lot of questions and show him his need for a Savior. After about an hour-long conversation, Samuel accepted the Lord as His Savior!
Samuel loves being on the road, and he loves living in “my trailer” as he calls it. Every Saturday, Samuel announces, “It’s time to go to the new church! Daddy, put the trailer on the truck’s back!” Samuel has a pulpit in the trailer where he holds church services complete with hymns, at least four or five offertories (amen!), and preaching. Several stuffed animals have been “converted,” but his sister Erin is still holding out. He prays for her regularly and we pray that God will keep His heart tender.
Erin Lindy is a special joy. She was born on September 23rd, 2011. Thankfully, this pregnancy was not as high risk as the first. Erin was born right on her due date in time for us to head out to a meeting two days later! She’s definitely an evangelist’s girl! Rebecca was a trooper through the whole thing and wouldn’t think of staying behind.
Erin is named for Ireland (the Isle of Erin). The Barbers spent six months in Arklow, Ireland planting a church with the O’Gormans. God changed their lives forever through that formative time. Erin is a reminder now of what God did during that time, and what He still wants to do. Erin’s middle name, “Lindy,” is taken from Jonathan’s grandmother’s name, Lindy Barber. She was a godly pastor’s wife who served the Lord faithfully until God called her home. We pray that Erin will follow her godly example of love and service.
Erin loves playing with Samuel. She usually lets him take the lead and even will sit there and say “Amen” while he preaches (Samuel loves that). She is finally talking more and more and is showing more interest in Bible stories. She is definitely a “Mommy’s Girl,” but she still gets along pretty good with Daddy too. Erin loves to sing, and we trust that she will be able to develop that for the Lord.
On June 8th, 2014, we were blessed of the Lord to welcome Joel Zechariah into the world. The delivery went so smoothly with every detail happening just the way we had prayed that it would. We are so grateful to God for this! Joel is a healthy eater and a great sleeper! Samuel and Erin love him dearly. They are still getting used to his crying fits, but that has been good for them to learn patience. We have committed him, along with his brother and sister, to the Lord to be used in His service.
But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. (1 Cor. 1:23-25)