The AIBCI has planted 26 churches throughout Illinois since 1968!
Nathan Barber – Shorewood Baptist Church
Pastor Barber was raised in a pastor’s home and trusted Christ personally at an early age while his father was planting a church in New Orleans, Louisiana. He earned a B.A. and M.A. in Bible (’03 and ’06) and met his wife Dana while at college. They have 7 children, Nathan Jr., Micah, Charity, Gracelyn, Emma, Caleb, and Joshua.
For 3 years the Barbers ministered on staff at Falls Baptist Church and Academy where they served in many church and school ministries. In 2008 the Lord opened the door for them to assist Pastor Bryce Hager at Fellowship Baptist Church. God used Pastor Hager to spark the Barbers’ interest in starting a church in the southwest suburbs of Chicago.
Through much prayer and pastoral counsel, the Barbers became convinced that God was calling them into church planting. In 2012 an opportunity arose to start a church in Shorewood, Illinois as a church planting work of Woodridge Baptist Church, which is led by Pastor Matthew Barber.
The Barbers moved to Shorewood in June of 2013. With the help of the Lord and many like-minded churches and individuals, the Shorewood Baptist Church was launched in October of 2013. The Barbers are overwhelmed with how God is building this new church.