Rev. J. Barrett Owen is a pastor, writer, and teacher. His passion is seeing the intersection between divinity, culture, and the church. Through preaching, organizational leadership, and spiritual formation, he desires to help people experience the inclusive love of God.
He received a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Leadership in 2007 from Belmont University, a Master of Divinity in 2010 from McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University, and a Master of Theology in Homiletics in 2012 from Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
For the last eight years, he served as a bi-vocational pastor at Union Baptist in Pine Mountain, GA (2008-10) and National Heights Baptist in Fayetteville, Georgia (2010-15) while working full time as the associate director of admissions at McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University.
In addition, Barrett writes for Baptist News Global and EthicsDaily.com. He taught as adjunct faculty for the last two years as well as served on the steering committee for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s Young Baptist Ecosystem and the Coordinating Council of CBF-GA. He was ordained into Christian Ministry by Mt. Carmel Baptist Church on January 4, 2009.
He is married to his best friend and life-partner, Noelle. She is a clinical mental health practitioner. For the past three years, she worked as director of family preservations at the United Methodist Children’s Home serving homeless families with kids as well as teaching court appointed parenting classes to families in the community. She graduated in 2008 from Belmont University in Christian Leadership and 2012 from Mercer University with a Dual Masters in Divinity and Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Barrett and Noelle met at Belmont while serving on a University Ministries team that mentored undergraduates. They married in March 2011 and have a son named Henry, born on Christmas Day, and a baby sister on the way.
For quality time, Barrett and Noelle hike, run, and read. They are Atlanta Braves fans as well as love eating at new restaurants, touring museums, traveling, hanging out with friends, and playing board games. When spending time apart, Barrett plays golf while Noelle does art projects or hangs out with friends.
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