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Barber to retire from Eastern Shore pastorate comment (0)

October 23, 2008

The congregation of Eastern Shore Baptist Church, Daphne, will soon nominate its first pastor search committee ever. When the Baldwin Baptist Association church was formed as a mission of Daphne Baptist Church in 1987, Grant Barber became its senior pastor and has remained in that role ever since. But come Jan. 25, 2009, Barber will retire.

Under his leadership, Eastern Shore Baptist has grown from 40 to around 1,100 members and expanded its outreach to include literacy and weekday preschool ministries. In keeping with its own origins, Eastern Shore has co-sponsored two other churches.

Barber joked the decision to retire early in the year is an effort to beat wife Delana to the punch. “She’s retiring next May after 25 years of teaching at Satsuma High School, and I want to rest awhile before she starts making lists of things for me to do,” he laughed.

In reality, Barber plans to stay busy as a volunteer chaplain for the Daphne Police Department, a position he’s held for years, and supply preaching.

“I love this church and I love the people here,” Barber said.

A pastor since 1967, Barber served three other churches over the course of his career: Moniac Baptist Church, Moniac, Ga.; Gilbertown Baptist Church in Choctaw Baptist Association; and Daphne Baptist in Baldwin Association. He has also served in several state denominational capacities, including his current service as a member of The Alabama Baptist’s board of directors.

A native of Macclenny, Fla., Barber earned his bachelor’s degree from William Carey College (now William Carey University) and master of divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the father of three and grandfather of six.

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