1. Ministry passions?
Encouraging others to follow God in the Way of Jesus, to learn to be incarnationally present in the moment, and to fully “BE” who you really are and “sit down” on the inside.
2. Guiltiest pleasures?
Dark chocolate with almonds, good cold amber ale, deep restful sleep, and movie marathons.
3. Favorite films?
Oh, please. Of all time: Casablanca, The Godfather, Schindler’s List, The Grapes of Wrath, To Kill a Mockingbird are a few.
4. How do you spend your free Saturdays?
Sleep in/migas brunch at Waterloo Ice House, read at Barnes & Noble, arthouse movie at Regal Arbor Cinema, run errands, Mighty Fine cheeseburger, fries & lemonade, live music concert downtown.
5. If you had one book to read for the rest of your life (other than the Bible), what would it be?
Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer or My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.
Glen Barbier started out wanting to be an opera singer. He studied music at Texas A&I in Kingsville Texas, but his opera career was cut short when he couldn’t pass the “piano test” – singers had to show proficiency on the piano. So he decided to use his voice another way.
Listeners of KINE-AM in Kingsville first heard Glen playing classical music, Sinatra and show tunes as a Sunday morning deejay. When the station branched into FM, he started working nights, playing album-oriented rock, then switched to the weekday morning slot spinning country tunes. During the summers, he traveled as an evangelistic call leader at revival services, singing to the crowds before the message.
He was also active at the campus Baptist Student Union, where he met his future wife Susan, an A&I student, English major, and poet. They married in 1971 and had a daughter, Jill, and a son, Scott. They moved to Corpus Christi for a time while Glen tried his hand at managing a laundry and dry cleaning business, then went back to Kingsville, where Glen sold insurance.
During a stressful period where the business struggled, Glen was home on a Sunday afternoon when he felt a sharp pain in his chest. He called 911, and had the presence of mind to tell the operator that he needed tPA – a new clot-busting drug that he had recently read about. A doctor at the hospital heard about Glen’s request and had the drug ready when the ambulance arrived. The doctors later told him he’d had a “widowmaker” heart attack, but the drug had saved him.
Glen thought, “I’ve got another season ahead.”
Susan was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer later that year. She lived 4 ½ more years and kept teaching fourth grade. Those years, Glen said, “were some of the deepest and closest time we’d had with God. Her view was that it drew her to God.”
His wife’s death led to Glen’s move to Austin, where his daughter lived. He had already heard about Mosaic through a chance visit to Ecclesia, a Houston church that his niece attended – the pastor, Robbie Seay, mentioned that his brother Brian was starting a new church in Austin.
Glen visited a number of Austin churches before choosing, asking himself after each service: “Is this church a Kingdom-focused church? Are they there for the Kingdom’s sake or are they there for their own sake?”
Glen, who has nearly 5,000 Facebook friends, calls himself a “connector,” someone who brings people together. He’s involved with Connexion House, a ministry of Hope Chapel, which runs houses where college students can live together and disciple each other in a Christ-centered community. Glen also has been deeply involved in the “emerging church” conversation and said he came to see his own rigidity and laziness in his spirituality. “Being around Mosaic has helped me embrace the mystery of the journey.”