On March 1, 2012, Elder Richard Barker went to be with the Lord. A member of Grace OPC, Westfield, New Jersey, Barker served as stated clerk of the General Assembly from 1971 to 1983 and from 1989 to 1991. He also served as clerk of the Westfield session and the Presbytery of New Jersey for over forty years. In 1966, Barker was honored to serve as moderator of the Thirty-Third General Assembly.
The Rev. Alan Strange, writing in New Horizons, said of Barker:
He taught many of us what it meant to be men of courage and patience. He viewed no service in the church as beneath him, and he delighted in washing the feet of the saints. He was unflagging in his devotion to the church and is a model for us all of dedication to Christ and his people.
Picture: Richard Barker at the Forty-Third (1976) General Assembly.