Pastor Barks marks golden anniversary

Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 09:31 AM.

“The church was 100 percent military,” he said. “That was my heart, my head, was to do something for the military families and personnel.”

Barks pastored several churches from the Outer Banks of North Carolina and in Bonifay, and Crestview. He moved with his family to Carrabelle in June 1982 and his three girls, the eldest Marie (Walker), now of Crestview, Ellen (Saberg), of Moultrie, Ga., and youngest Gwen Barks, of Tallahassee, all of whom graduated from Carrabelle High School.

Barks was presented by West Florida Assembly of God District Superintendent Tommy Moore, with a framed poster of 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3, which reads We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Barks joked at how he knew the young Moore when he was just a boy of 11, and his father pastored a church in Gainesville.

A varied and healthful buffet, with fruits, vegetables, pasta salads, and desserts - from macadamia nut sand dollars to chocolate dipped bacon, was on hand.

“Everybody in this building are people you’ve touched,” said Saberg, as she thanked everyone from sharing in the celebration.

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