June 14, 1999
Volume 51, No. 33
Accomplished musician, youth minister Barrow new chaplain
The Rev. Darryl Barrow has been named chaplain at Oxford College. A Methodist minister from Trinidad, Barrow received his theological training at the United Theological College of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. While in seminary he served as university student chaplain under the direction of Philip Potter, former general secretary of the World Council of Churches, and participated in a number of international ecumenical meetings.
Barrow has served pastorates in Jamaica and the Leeward Islands and was most recently associate minister for small groups ministry and evangelism at First United Methodist Church in Pensacola, Fla.
A well-known musician throughout the Caribbean, Barrow organized youth choirs and orchestras accompanied by steel and congo drums. Blending music with mission service, he organized exchange visits between Methodist youth in Jamaica and Florida. "I'm confident Oxford will now have the only chaplain in the United States who is an accomplished steel drum player," joked Joe Moon, associate dean for campus life.
Barrow's nonmusical pursuits as Oxford's director of religious life will include providing counseling and leadership in worship, student fellowship groups and service learning projects, among other endeavors. "I think Rev. Barrow will bring to Oxford and to [his] relationship with campus ministers a deep commitment to United Methodism, visionary leadership, a global consciousness, and strong and energetic interest in working with young people," said Susan Henry-Crowe, dean of the chapel and religious life.
But it's also Barrow's ability to reach people of all faiths that will stand him in good stead as a campus minister, said Moon. "He is particularly well suited to provide outreach and support to students of all faiths, and as his family will live in the Oxford community, I expect he will be an effective ambassador for the college locally as well."