Gregory Lynn Barrier
June 9, 1956 - October 9, 2022
Gregory Lynn Barrier (June 9, 1956-October 9, 2022) was born in Salisbury, NC to the late Raymond F. and Grace M. Barrier. He was the youngest of three boys and the first in his family to graduate from college. His father passed away suddenly when Greg was a Junior at UNC-Chapel Hill just before Christmas and his mother passed only 5 years later, so Greg was an adopted son to many families in his early adult life.
Greg received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1979 from UNC-Chapel Hill and worked for one year as a pharmacist in his hometown, but couldn’t shake his calling into ministry. He joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ in 1980 where he ministered at various colleges and universities including Ohio State, Kearney State, Appalachian State, UNC-Charlotte, Wingate, Winthrop and focused most of his seventeen years with CRU starting new ministries on campuses in NC, SC, TN and KY, where there was no full-time staff. He served on many summer projects and short-term mission trips including Wildwood, NJ, Gatlinburg, TN, Branson, MO, and overseas in Kenya, Uganda, Thailand, and India. He returned to school and received a Masters of Divinity at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in 2001 and moved into church ministry. He spent just under three years as Pastor of Discipleship at Bethany Church in Weddington, NC where he loved helping people understand how to make their faith a practical part of their life.
Afterwards he accepted the Senior Pastor role at Grace Church (2004) and was there until just this past April when he stepped down due to health complications. He would say there was no greater privilege than meeting with people one on one to help them grow in their faith. On the side, Greg taught the Worldview Class at Towle Institute for the past 7 years. He continually grew more and more passionate about helping young people understand how the Christian faith compared to other religions of the world and is the only one that is steeped in grace.
Greg met Martha Sherrill in May 1990 in Charlotte, NC and they married 51 weeks later. Together they grew to love and depend on each other only out of God’s grace in their marriage. They have four children who have enriched their lives exponentially: Gregory (Alexis) of Washington, DC, William of Newark, DE, Barbara (Andrew) of Charlotte, NC, and Margaret of Newark, DE. Greg is also survived by his brother Michael Barrier (Joanne) of Myrtle Beach, SC and sisters/brothers-in-law Betty Barrier of Salisbury, NC, Laurie Sherrill Prince (Phillip) of Charlotte, NC, Donna Sherrill Steele (William) of Charlotte, NC, and Tobe Sherrill (Anne) of Greensboro, NC. He is also survived by a myriad of nieces and nephews: Renee Barrier Fowler (Mike), Amy Barrier Bowers (Curtis), Dara McGinn Page (Nash), Tavis McGinn, Kathryn Steele Glazier (Chris), Harrison Steele (Emily), Cameron Sherrill and a great nephew, Joey Fowler, and two great nieces, Miranda Fowler and Sabrina Bowers.
Along with his parents, Greg was predeceased by his brother David F. Barrier of Salisbury, NC.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at the Helen Graham Cancer Center and the fine people at Bayada Hospice for their care for Greg. And above all they are forever grateful to the congregation of Grace Church for their unbelievable love, prayers, and support certainly for the entire life of Greg’s ministry, but especially during the past year as Greg received a cancer diagnosis.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at Grace Church, 355 Paper Mill Road, Newark, DE, where a memorial service will begin at 11 am on Thursday, October 13, 2022. Interment will be held privately.
In honor of Greg’s love for reading and studying God’s word, the library at Grace Church will be renovated. Any additional funds will be used to create a terraced space for outdoor gatherings on the church property. In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to these projects at Grace Church 355 Paper Mill Road, Newark, DE 19711.