Reverend Dr. Tony W. Barr Sr. is a dedicated preacher/teacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ for the last 23 years. His life is dedicated to living by example and encouraging men and women how to live up to their full potential in Christ. Tony has more than a decade and a half of pastoring, counseling, and mentoring people through the stages of discipleship, which fulfills his life mantra of “building the church that Christ is looking for, one person at a time”.
Earning the Doctor of Ministry degree from Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia, Dr. Barr's education matriculation includes the Master of Divinity from Apex School of Theology in Durham, North Carolina. Barr also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems from Winston-Salem State University and an Associate in Applied Science from Wilks Community College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Tony’s matriculation in the corporate arena spanned two decades, where he experienced immense success beginning from entry level and climaxing in management. Before entering ministry full time, he last served as a University Account Manager overseeing 490 college and university accounts throughout North & South Carolina. During this time, he managed and grew revenue in excess of 25 million dollars annually and built relationships with Presidential/C-level officers.
One of Tony's greatest honors is the Lord entrusting the leadership of several churches to him over the past 19 years. From 2000-2006 he Pastored Emmanuel Baptist Church of Thomasville, NC. In 2008-2009 he served as Interim Pastor of New Breed Baptist Church of Cary, NC. From 2009-2016 Tony Served as Senior Pastor of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church of Wadesboro, NC. 2017- 2018 he served the Friendship Baptist Church of Thomasville, NC as Interim Pastor. 2018 – 2020, Dr. Barr served as Senior Pastor of Elm Grove Baptist Church, Reidsville, NC, before resigning to accept the position of Executive Secretary-Treasurer with the General Baptist State Convention of NC, Inc in February 2020.
Dr. Barr believes that Faith, humility and hard work will take you as far as you want to go.