Brett Barry

Brett Barry, singer and songwriter, is an acoustic folk/rock performer who began his professional career as a member of Heritage Singers in 1981-1982. He began doing solo ministry work in 1986 and in the following year married Erin A. Constantinidis, who was residing in Calgary, Canada, at that time.

They moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1988 and, starting in 1989, he began working as a minister, doing eighty to one hundred presentations yearly in interdenominational churches over the next eight years. During that time, he signed a contract with Crossroads Records in 1991 and released three CDs: The Adventure of a Lifetime, in 1992; Solitude, in 1994; and Gathering Stones, in 1996.

From 1997 to 2003, Barry had experiences that strengthened his spiritual life and helped him gain a new vision for his ministry. During the last four years of that period he wrote new music and led worship at Harvest International Church in Hermitage, Tennessee. He also released two more CDs, Worship Songs, in 2001, and The Joy of Losing, in 2004.

In 2003 he founded Worship Is, a movement which seeks to help persons discover the meaning of real worship. He has stated that it is "committed to building worshipers true to God's heart alone." Barry further explains that "through Worship Is we aspire to assist those committed to knowing their true identity in Christ and the purpose of their call and gifts by providing insight, education, accountability and resources as we lay open our own process of learning to live true worship.

Barry presently is worship pastor and technical director at Damascus Road Community Church in Damascus, Maryland, a position he has held since 2005. While serving there he continues to write and record new material.

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Sources: Jeff Trubey, "Making Waves," Adventist Review, 17 July 1997; Chronology at the official website of Brett Barry and Worship Is.