The ministry’s healing and deliverance ministry has become one of the most sought-after services in the city of Austin and surrounding areas, attracting people from all walks of life who desire physical and spiritual freedom and restoration. A respected citywide ministry leader, Barb serves on boards and steering committees for numerous inter-church and citywide ministry groups, including Campus Renewal Ministries, Austin Disaster Relief Network, River City Hope Street, Christian Compassion Center, and others, adding both insight and hands-on help. Barb describes her role as a “networker”, bringing together churches, ministries and individuals to “fly in formation” as if birds of one flock, and modeling prayer along the way. Bringing the generations together has become a passion for her. Nothing less than transformation of the city and beyond drives everything she does.
I was born in Chicago and graduated from Northwestern University. I worked with Smith, Bucklin & Associates, an association management firm, for 20 years. I retired with my husband to Santa Fe, NM, where we lived for 15 years before relocating to Austin. We were wanderers and visited 80 countries over the span of our marriage. I’ve been a resident of Lakeway for 20 years, and a widow for 18.
I was called to Church under the Bridge in 1998. A prayer meeting in my house was the start of Luke 4:18 Ministries, formed to serve at the Bridge.
I was sent to church as a child, but had no clue as to the possibility of a relational God. There was no God-consciousness in my home. My mother sent me to church, but I had no concept of a relationship with a living God who had a plan for my life. So I wandered in and out of church buildings, searching for something, without knowing quite what it was.
My serious walk with the Lord began about 1994, when I was touched by the Holy Spirit in Santa Fe, New Mexico, during the visit of an itinerant Texas pastor. My walk was transformed and intensified during a 1997 mission trip to Argentina with Ed Sillvoso, of Harvest Evangelism. It was the trip Ed wrote about in his book, Prayer Evangelism.
My equipping track has been focused, fast, fulfilling, and phenomenal! Virtually all of it has taken place in the last 20 years here in the Austin area, starting with a women’s Bible class in Lakeway. I was “dragged” to my first prayer meeting, and then heard Dutch Sheets speak – opening my eyes to what God had in mind for prayer. I also attended a summer session at Glorietta Baptist Center in Glorietta, N.M., where Henry Blackaby taught on “Experiencing God in Revival.” That fall, the Bible class tackled Blackaby’s seminal book, Experiencing God. It was the start of many amazing encounters with prayer and healing.
“Pray for wisdom. Walk through open doors. Let the Lord fight your battles.”
I’m inspired by Luke 4:18 and Isaiah 61 – those beautiful verses about how He is the greatest exchange agent – beauty for ashes, and the oil of joy for mourning. It constantly amazes me that we can partner with Him to see heaven invade earth, that we are able to carry His presence with us and expect miracles as we go in. I’m inspired by His name alone.
My dream for Austin is that there would be a great appetite for the presence of God that would allow His Glory to move in the city. God gave me such a love for Austin and its people, and then granted me favor to do those things that He has given me such a passion for – the desires of my heart. One of my prayers is to see people as He sees them, and then help them activate their gifts. It is a joy to partner with Him to see others jump into the river of life!
One dream has been to teach people about both physical and emotional healing so the Body of Christ can walk out of a place of woundedness and see the destiny of individuals, and Austin’s corporate destiny, fulfilled. That is happening now. Luke 4:18 Ministries sponsors monthly meetings at the Austin Baptist Association, attended by all faith streams. I see more teaching in the future, both here and abroad!
Another dream – for the entire Body of Christ to see that we are in a spiritual war, that the enemy is not flesh and blood, but principalities and the powers of darkness. We must understand what Paul is talking about in Ephesians 6:10-18, and that Jesus came to destroy the works of Satan. It is our job to recover the ground he has stolen. It is God’s aim that the Body of Christ walk in the Spirit, in divine health, as overcomers by the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of our testimony, and that we love not our lives unto death.
“My vision is to see Austin holy and married to the Lord!”
Jesus was all about healing – and so am I!