Barry Strickland
Texas Director

Barry taught and coached in the public schools of Texas for 24 years. He left coaching in 1994 to go into full time ministry to men. He founded Man Adventures in 2000 after 5 years with CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ). He handed off MA to Encounter Ministries in Alabama and came into NWA in 2009.

Barry and wife Gail have been married since 1975. They live in Lancaster, TX just south of Dallas. They have three sons Jared, Bret, Jeff and daughters in law, Lisa who is married to Jared and granddaughter Erica. Miranda is married to Bret and granddaughters Marilu and Marisol. Kristen is married to Jeff and grandson Maverick.

He loves to travel and network with other ministries. He is also the liaison for Ransomed Heart Ministries in Colorado Springs in jails and prisons around the world. Barry has corresponded with and provided materials for inmates from China to California. He has been teaching from John Eldredge’s book Wild At Heart since 2001. He has led scores of boot camps and men’s groups in this walk of genuine freedom in Christ.

Personal note from Barry:

“God created man in HIS image with a desire for adventure and risk as a part of his spirit. We have not effectively appealed to these desires in traditional Christian settings to this point.

It is my goal to use the excitement and attraction of outdoor adventure to create environments where the Holy Spirit can work in the lives of men. It is as these times we can share with him the excitement and adventure contained in the gospel message.

We want men to realize how he can apply his warrior like spirit in becoming part of the battle for GOD’S KINGDOM that begins with a battle for his own heart.”

“I've walked with very few men that have championed my heart and the heart of Jesus more than Barry Strickland. Strength, passion, integrity, authenticity, love. This man is a forerunner in what it looks like in the dailies to live in such a way where God has to show up."

- Morgan Snyder, with Ransomed Heart/Wild at Heart

Personal note from Barry:

“God created man in HIS image with a desire for adventure and risk as a part of his spirit. We have not effectively appealed to these desires in traditional Christian settings to this point.

It is my goal to use the excitement and attraction of outdoor adventure to create environments where the Holy Spirit can work in the lives of men. It is as these times we can share with him the excitement and adventure contained in the gospel message.

We want men to realize how he can apply his warrior like spirit in becoming part of the battle for GOD’S KINGDOM that begins with a battle for his own heart.”

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Texas Director
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