|There are only two or three references in the New Testament that refer to the life and ministry of Andrew, one of the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ. The ministry of Andrew is completely overshadowed by the ministry of his gifted brother, Simon Peter. Very few church people are familiar with the life and ministry of Andrew. However, the name ‘of his brother, Simon Peter, is a household name among church people.
Needless, to say, Andrew is less conspicuous than Peter, but without Andrew, perhaps Christianity would have been deprived of one of the greatest disciples to ever embrace the Christian movement, Simon Peter. It was Andrew who led Peter to Christ.
The life and ministry of Donald Barrie, Sr., a disciple of Jesus Christ and a minister of the Louisiana Annual Conference for more than twenty-two years, reflects that of Andrew. His ministry may be known to only a small percentage of the ministers and their wives, but Donald stood tall.
As a loving, devoted husband to Dorothy Smith Barrie for over fifty-three (53) years. Their marriage was indeed a great blessing. As dear old dad, he and Dorothy nurtured eight wonderful children.
As a minister of Jesus Christ and the Louisiana Annual Conference for over twenty-three (23) years. Those of us who knew him best will remember him as a devoted caring minister. He was always willing to share the good news of the Kingdom of God. He was true to God’s word. To love, live, and share the word of God was his daily objective.
When Donald retired in 1990, he returned to his home church, St. James United Methodist Church in Convent, Louisiana. On October 24, 1995, he was transferred to his eternal home.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1996, p. 262 By Rev. Robert Williams|