The Crossroads District comprises 79 churches representing a unique blend of diversity of urban, suburban and rural churches in the midst of God’s gifts of rooted trees reaching toward the heavens, and where United Methodists bear witness of the flowing waters of love and justice.
At the heart of our district is the epicentered geographical intersection of Interstate 81 and the NY 90 Thruway that gives us a true path to connect our people and ministries to be God’s love to our neighbors in all places.
District Lay Leader contact information:
Rebecca Kohler, Crossroads Lay Leader
Darryl R. Barrow
The Rev. Darryl R. Barrow was born in Trinidad. He is an elder in the Upper New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, and formerly an ordained Presbyter of The Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas. He has now served for 22 years in the ministry. He graduated with the BA degree (Honors) in Arts and General Studies – Theology Option from the University of the West Indies, and received his theological and pastoral formation at the United Theological College of the West Indies (UTCWI) in Jamaica. He has also pursued a Master of Theology degree at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia in the area of religion, culture and society as they relate to cultural shifts in liturgy and worship.
Prior to being appointed District Superintendent of the Crossroads District, Rev. Barrow served as the Director of Spiritual Leadership & the Resource Center for North Central New York Conference. He has also served pastorates in Jamaica and the Leeward Islands in the eastern Caribbean. He has held leadership positions at district and conference levels in The Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas, The United Methodist Church and had a 4-year term on the World Council of Churches Sub-Committee on Faith & Order. In 1996 Rev. Barrow was invited and appointed to serve as an Associate Pastor at First United Methodist Church, Pensacola, Florida, where his primary work was in small group ministries and evangelism along with other pastoral responsibilities in the congregation. In 1999 he was appointed to serve as College Chaplain of Oxford College of Emory University at Oxford, Georgia and in 2003 as the Associate Director of the Center for Ministry at Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi.
In 2007, Rev. Barrow was the first clergy elected as a delegate to the 2008 General Conference and therefore was afforded the opportunity to be the lead delegate for both the 2008 General and Jurisdictional Conferences. He is a member of The Connectional Table of The United Methodist Church where he is a covenant group leader, and serves on the Finance and the World Service Contingency Funds Teams respectively.
He has brought a rich tradition of Wesleyan heritage from the Caribbean to this annual conference. His gifts and graces are many and varied. He enjoys working with people from many backgrounds and religious traditions to bring them together to share their faith experiences. He is an accomplished conga drum percussionist in African, Caribbean and jazz music, and has found music and social outreach to be good ways of bringing people together: He says, “You can’t limit spiritual formation to just sitting down and talking; reaching out to the community through musical expressions is another way to grow and connect spiritually.” He enjoys advising youth, young adults, and adults in service and leadership projects as they relate to both local and overseas missions. He loves sports and the outdoors.
He has two sons, Darryl Jr and Duane. Darryl Jr is a student at SUNY ESF pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering. He enjoys various kinds of music, watching soccer and football. Duane is very active in basketball, soccer, and swimming. He also loves to read different kinds of books, and enjoys singing and playing the piano and has recently earned an award in math.
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