Barry Roberts has served in ministry since 1973. He served in Evangelism from 1973 until 1983 with his ministry called New Beginnings Ministry. After after graduating from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth Tx with a Masters of Divinity in 1983 he pastored churches in Brazoria Texas and Garrison Texas. He moved to Palestine Texas in 1991 to serve as a Chaplain with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He served six years at Beto One and Michael Unit. He also started as fill in pastor with a small church of 15 people in Palestine, Tx. In twenty years of service the church grew to 2000 and built a new facility on the Loop around the city. Barry Roberts retired from full time pastoring and became the Chief of Police in Olney, Tx. June 2011. He serves as Chief and the Assoc. Pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Olney.