Oakland Baptist Church
Tuesday, December 01, 2020
Growing a Loving Church

Our Pastor

 
Meet our Pastor, Dr. Dennis Barton!
Pastor Barton's Personal Statement:

I accepted Christ as my personal Savior at the age of nine, but I did not understand what it was to be a disciple of Jesus Christ until I was in high school.  It was also during high school, the summer between my junior and senior years, that I had a keen sense that the Lord was leading me to take the gospel to another people, in another culture and language.  God used the next thirteen years to mature and prepare me for that cross-cultural service. 

I did my university studies in Oklahoma (the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Baptist University) and seminary work in Texas (Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary).  My wife, Janey, and I met as summer missionaries in Atlanta while we were both college students.  Following our marriage in 1976, we had the opportunity for hands-on ministry experience in three local churches, serving as a youth minister, minister of evangelism, and pastor.  

We were appointed in 1981 as missionary church planters for France.  Both in the local church in America and overseas, I have found great joy in the Lord’s service, and particularly in the areas of preaching and teaching. 

Hobbies & Interests:

I enjoy traveling, reading, and movies.