Rev. Phyllis Barren was born on a 300 acre farm in Sanger, Texas where some of her fondest memories were formed around cattle and the smell of wheat being cut by a combine.
Ministry was a natural extension of Phyllis’ family life. “If the doors were open to the church, my family was there. I went to my grandmother’s house every weekend and went to church with her and my parents every week. I stayed with Nannie for four years until she died, and I saw God work in me and through me during that time. I was 18 — 22 years old. I have always enjoyed serving and working with older adults so I truly find joy serving the church. Now, I am doing my dream job — visiting with people, making hospital rounds and playing chicken foot with the seniors of this church.”
When she’s not working at the church, Phyllis likes to read in her garden and take long walks on nature trails, but what she enjoys most is her family. “I have three sons that are the light of my world.” Miles, Trevor and Hunter all share a love of animals. Her two older sons have a Husky and a Bichon-Frise. Hunter, who is in high school, and Phyllis, share two ShihTzu, although Phyllis says they’re her babies. “They have sweaters when it’s cold and rain coats. They follow me everywhere I go.”
Phyllis holds a BS in Education, MA in Early Childhood Education, did her seminary work at SMU/Perkins School of Theology, holds a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, and will soon have her LPC.