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Leroy Barber

Leroy Barber has dedicated more than 20 years to eradicating poverty, confronting homelessness, restoring local neighborhoods, healing racism, and living what Dr. King called “the beloved community.” Leroy starts projects that shape society. In 1990, burdened by the plight of Philadelphia’s homeless, he founded Restoration Ministries to serve homeless families and children living on the streets. He joined FCS Urban Ministries in 1997 as the founding Director of Atlanta Youth Academies, a private elementary school providing quality Christian education for low-income families in the inner city.

He is the Global Executive Director of Word Made Flesh, an international organization that works among the most vulnerable of the world’s poor.  Rev. Barber is on the boards of The Simple Way and the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA). He is the author of New Neighbor: An Invitation to Join Beloved Community, and Everyday Missions: How Ordinary People Can Change the World and was also chosen as a contributor to Tending to Eden, and the groundbreaking book UnChristian: What a New Generation Thinks About Christianity and Why It Matters.  His third book, Red, Yellow, Black and White: Who’s More Precious In His Sight?, will be published this fall.

Leroy is married to Donna and together they have five children: Jessica, Joshua, Joel, Asha, and Jonathan.


  • New Neighboring
  • Beloved Community
  • Black, White and Shades of Gray: A Look at Multi-Ethnicity
  • Multi-Ethnic Missions
  • Community Transformation
  • Urban Environmentalism (Green My Hood)


“Leroy Barber communicates with intelligence and passion, and out of years of experience. As the leader of a missionary organization with a national outreach, he has demonstrated an ability to motivate Christians to live out a holistic gospel that combines evangelism with commitments to social justice.”
Tony Campolo, PhD
Eastern University
St. Davids, PA

“Leroy Barber is a passionate urban warrior and leader who has an incredible ability to, inform, inspire and move others to action.”
Betty Glover Palmer, Chair
Department of Urban Studies
Beulah Heights University
Atlanta, GA

“Leroy Barber combines a compassionate heart, an authentic life, a keen mind, and an engaging style of communication in a way that first makes friends out of his listeners, and then challenges those friends to be and do better in the name of Jesus. Everyone I’ve recommended him to has called back to tell me how great he is, almost as if I didn’t already know.”
Bart Campolo
The Walnut Hills Fellowship
Cincinnati, OH

“Leroy Barber is a compelling communicator. His first hand knowledge and work “in the trenches” of today’s cities give him insights that bring to life biblical principles.”
Nikki Toyama-Szeto
Urbana Program Director

“Leroy’s life and work paint a beautiful mosaic of Christ embodied in a neighborhood and the raw stories of love, incarnation and redemption are sure to inspire and guide a generation to live out one of Christ’s central commands.”
Gabe Lyons
Founder, Fermi Project & Author, Unchristian

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