Recently I attended our annual National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Orlando Florida.
It is my fourth time going but my third straight year and it is amazing how much you can really find out about yourself while attending such a Convention.
The NRB deals with Christian radio, TV, Film, Internet, and social media. I found myself asked by several people who I was and where I was from. My answer was “Senior Pastor of Pleasant Grove Original FWB Church of Pikeville, NC, host of two TV programs, two radio programs plus we have a low power radio station at our church. Well with all that said it made me ask myself the question…Which one do I really represent here? However after a while I came to realize of just how many gifts I have been blessed with to serve the Lord.
When I was a child, I wanted to be a TV Meteorologist. After not being so good in math I wanted to be a TV Sportscaster. Now after being a Christian for almost 29 years, I see that God has given me the gifts of my heart to be a broadcaster in radio, where I also serve as play by play football on announcer on WGBR in Goldsboro, NC, while doing what He wants me to do at the same time: Preach His Word! Albeit, I not only preach it to a congregation of people, but on Radio, TV, internet (Our online page) and on Facebook too. May we all use the gifts He has given us for His glory, not only that we may receive the desires of our hearts, but so that He will get the glory for what other people see in our lives.
“The Grove”: Pleasant Grove Original Free Baptist Church | Pikeville, NC
In 1988 Barry accepted Jesus Christ into his heart and life and a year later in September 1989 answered God’s call to preach the gospel. Also, within this period he wrote his first of many songs which led him to sing gospel music. In 1989 he became a southern gospel music radio announcer that led him into Christian television in 1992. On July 6th the same year he became the host of a southern gospel music video program, “Together Again with Barry Stallings”, which airs to this day on WHFL-TV43 in Goldsboro, NC.
Since December 2003 Barry has been serving as Senior Pastor of Pleasant Grove Original Free Will Baptist Church otherwise nicknamed “The Grove” of Pikeville, NC, and hosts a TV and radio ministry entitled “Pleasant News From the Grove” each week which are outreaches of Pleasant Grove Church. He has been married to his wife Olivia since March of 1992 and they have two very talented daughters Karen, 22 and Katie, 20.