Glyn Barrett is a second generation Assemblies of God Pastor. His father, Bryn Barrett, was saved in the valleys of South Wales and went on to study at the AoG Bible College under the leadership of Donald Gee. He then went on to pastor AoG churches in Newtown (Mid-Wales), Gateshead and Manchester. Glyn was born in Manchester and moved to Australia as a child when his father became the Pastor of an AoG church in Queensland. The family returned to Manchester when Glyn was 15 where he completed his GCSE’s and A-levels before returning to Australia to study at the AoG Bible College in Sydney; it was there that he met his wife, Sophia. In April 1994 during a time of prayer Glyn felt God speak to him and in response, he wrote three things in His prayer journal:
- Move back to the UK
- Plant a Church
- “You will have the opportunity to lead the AoG in the United
A month later a visiting preacher asked Glyn to stand, and proceeded to prophesy the very words Glyn had previously written in his journal.
In 1996 Glyn and Sophia moved back to the UK to be Youth and Associate Pastors in an AoG Church. From 2005-2010 Glyn served AoG in the role of National Youth Alive Director where, alongside his team, Glyn drove the length and breadth of the nation connecting with Churches and Youth ministries, igniting faith, seeing thousands of lives impacted and thousands making first time decisions to follow Jesus. Glyn then served briefly on the National Leadership Team during a transition period within the movement.
In September 2007, Glyn & Sophia pioneered !Audacious Church, an AoG Church in central Manchester. It has grown from 50 people in a back street warehouse into a multi-site, multi-generational church of 4 locations - 3 locations in and around Manchester plus another in Chester. Their central location has an active congregation of 4,000 people. They are currently about to break ground on a brand new purpose built Church facility which will include within it a 2,500 seater auditorium.
A powerful and sought-after communicator, Glyn's preaching and inspirational teaching continue to challenge and grow people of all generations throughout the world. He has been a regular speaker at many of the AoG conferences around the globe and continuously helps leaders break growth barriers in churches of all sizes. He also has strong connections with some of the most influential church movements and ministries in the world, with many of them included in his friendship circle.
Married to Sophia for 23 years they have two children, Georgia and Jaedon. Glyn is passionate about Assemblies of God and the Church as a whole in the UK and always seeks to champion local leaders to become all that they can be. He is currently studying for his Master of Leadership recognising the ongoing need in himself to grow and develop.
As far as other passions go - Glyn, a true Mancunian, is passionate about Manchester City Football Club. He also loves his motorbike, his family and did we mention Manchester City Football Club?