MIKE BARBER MINISTRIES
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Pastor Barber of Mike Barber Ministries was one of the most sought after high school athletes in the country when he graduated from White Oak (Texas) High School in 1972.
Born June 4, 1953 he is the leader of a nationwide prison ministry, with which he and his wife DeAnne engage in full-time, a religious charity that they began in 1987.
Prior to Mike Barber Ministries, Mike was a successful tight end in the NFL. He was chosen in the second round of NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers (now Tennessee Titans).
He played for the Oilers for six years, and then finished his career playing four years for the Los Angeles Rams. According to his website, Mike "holds the record for both teams for the most receptions by a tight end in one season".
located in Ruston, La. In High School, he was a quarterback, passing for over 4,000 yards at White Oak (Texas) High School, where he graduated in 1972.
During the mid-1990s, Mike returned to football, of sorts, when he took a voluntary coaching position at Trinity Christian School in Cedar Hill, Texas. He coached for two years with Trinity, and then left amid a minor dispute to join Arlington's Grace Prep Academy, where he coached or was involved with coaching between 1998 and 2005.
Grace Prep was extraordinarily successful under his tutelage (in various guises, including head coach); during his eight-year tenure there, the team had a winning record every season, and won the State Championship in their division five of those years.
However, he was suspended for a year in 2001, and was fired from the Head Coaching position in May of 2006 after a dispute with school administrators.
While associated with the Grace Prep football program, Barber was given "one of the sternest sanctions ever administered" by the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools.
According to TAPPS, he had offered athletes "improper inducements". He was suspended from coaching for a year, and the school's program placed him on three years' probation.
Because several prominent players transferred to Grace Prep along with Mr. Barber (for some of whom he was accused of improperly paying tuition, a claim he denies), TAPPS instituted what is informally known as "The Mike Barber Rule": players who follow a coach to another school are ineligible from playing for a year.
In July of 2006, the Dallas Morning News published an article titled "Barber Prison Ministry Spreads The Word -- And The Wealth", which took a somewhat accusative tone, discussing in detail Barber and his various relatives' notably high incomes from his non-profit organization.
"Two years ago, the high-profile charity paid its founder $236,500 in salary and benefits, one of the highest pay packages in the nation among similar religious charities. His wife, who worked part time, received $118,000. The ministry also pays three other members of Mr. Barber's family."
Also according to the article, "among officers at about 4,000 groups that filed
In his only quoted response in the article, Mr. Barber defends himself simply: "I give so much of that away," Mr. Barber said of his pay. "If somebody wants to judge me for that [salary], go for it."
Following his retirement in 1986, Mike Barber and his wife DeAnne responded to God’s call into full-time prison ministry.
Since January 1987, Mike Barber Ministries have been in prisons all across the country, hosting crusades known as “Weekends of Excitement.” Mike considers the greatest team he has ever played with to be the team that goes into the prisons with him to “PROCLAIM liberty to the captives.”
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