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About New Day

Meet Our Pastor

Pastor Barry Jude

What qualifies you to pastor a church?

Education helps. I went to college for my bachelor's in Christian studies and two seminaries (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Luther Rice Seminary) for master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees to learn from others. Experience is a qualifier, too. I've pastored seven churches in nearly 30 years; I started very young! But it’s really about the call of God and obedience. I believe God wants me to spend my life telling others about Him and leading His church to do that, too.

How did you learn of God’s love?

I learned it through the man who adopted me after he married my mother. He introduced me to Christ. My mother had married twice before, but neither man was my biological father. I had felt the absence of a father for a very long time. God longs and waits for people just like me to come to Him, people from broken homes with broken lives—and people whose lives look good on the outside, but inside something is missing.

How do you relate to those people?

Through my flaws! I’ve pastored churches all over the country, and while I discovered the cultural distinctions between the deep South and the great Southwest, I keep running into people just like me. We all need a Savior.

New Day Church is a very young church. What created your desire to plant a church?

Church planting has become a strong movement all over the globe--for good reason. We need our established churches, but we also need new churches that look at people and ministry with fresh eyes. Getting the opportunity to start a church from scratch has been a wonderfully invigorating experience.

What do you appreciate most about New Day?

Hey, I'm a fun-loving, upbeat kind of guy. Nobody has more fun at church than me! I found kindred souls in the people of New Day. We take a lot of joy in our lives and in each other. We love getting together to worship God and share what Christ has done in our lives. It's a great big party every time we meet.

What do you do for fun outside of church?

I love spending time with my wife and our four children. They're all growing up and moving out, but I'm having fun watching them on their own journeys. I've been a football fan most of my life. And, I have to confess, I like to eat way too much. Getting together with good friends for good conversation is very satisfying.

Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

Too many to list. But I hope Acts 13:36 describes my life when it's over: "For when David had served God's purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep ..."

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