Rev. Michael H. Barry, Jr., was born in Warwick, NY in 1971, and lived there until 2011, when he and his family moved to Newburgh, NY. In 2013, they relocated once again, to South Salem, NY.
Michael is a life-long United Methodist, baptized and confirmed in the New Milford-Edenville United Methodist Church in New Milford, NY. Michael served 21 years in the United States Air Force, having retired as Master Sergeant in 2011.
For the past eleven years, Michael has followed his calling to servant leadership at Grace UMC in Newburgh, NY, as well as Jesse Lee Memorial in Ridgefield, CT, and both Stevens Memorial UMC in South Salem, NY and Zion’s Hill UMC in Wilton CT in a shared full-time appointment before coming to Sugar Loaf UMC in July of 2019.
A cancer survivor, Michael felt his call to ministry in October 2002, on his way into surgery to remove part of his affected kidney. He gave himself completely to God right there in that moment. When he recovered, he started this new journey, committing to serving as a Sunday School teacher and Youth leader at New Milford-Edenville UMC. During this time he was also a member of its Staff-Pastor Relations, Finance Committee, Ad Board, and the Praise Team.
He was a Youth and Family Pastor for two years and then a Bishop-Appointed Licensed Local Pastor, before being commissioned in 2014 as a Provisional Elder. Michael was ordained in 2017 as an elder in full connection in the United Methodist New York Annual Conference. During his tenure at Grace UMC, he spearheaded and started the Food & Fellowship outreach program with the Youth, which has since become a staple of Grace’s ministry. He has been a Confirmation leader for six groups of confirmands between all the churches he has served. Michael also spearheaded Fearless Conversations, the New York Annual Conferences first Pub Ministry which continues currently in its fourth year!
Michael graduated from SUNY-Empire State in 2010, with a BS in Cultural Studies, majoring in Religious studies with a minor in Technology. In May of 2014, he completed the Master of Divinity program, graduating with Honors in Preaching and Homiletics, from Drew Theological Seminary.
Three main hobbies fill Michael’s leisure time. He is an avid golfer who plays to a solid 7 USGA handicap. He has always been an outdoorsperson, and is the owner/operator of Mike’s Custom Archery since 1997. He is also a talented musician who has played guitar since the age of six, and dabbles on the drums.
In July 2018, Michael and his wife, Kelley, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They have two children - Matthew is 22, and Jennifer is 20. Kelley works from home, provides full-time care for their son with special needs, and manages her husband's busy schedule as well. Matthew graduated from Newburgh Free Academy in June 2013. He has a very rare neurological disease, and requires a wheelchair among his special needs. He also has the gift of deep spirituality, and shows his love for Jesus and the Methodist church every day. Jennifer graduated from John Jay High School in 2016. In church, Jenn was in the adult choir, and had frequently volunteered as the Music Leader for VBS. She participated in Stevens Memorial UMC’s Red Bird mission trips in August 2013, 2014 & 2015, and was active in the Jesse Lee Memorial UMC high school youth group, now leading a new Young-Adults ministry. She is also a talented artist, having had her artwork featured on a number of church bulletins.