A young pastor and his wife with four children are not generally the ones you would think would establish a testamentary endowment fund. Rev. Barry Fisher and his wife Tracy, at ages 31 and 28 respectively in 2009, created the Barry S. and Tracy R. Fisher Charitable Endowment Fund that will be funded with 10% of their estate upon the death of the second.
After hearing David Webb, western area manager, speak at this pastor's church, Flat Creek Baptist in Weaverville, the couple felt led to create Wills and include a provision to tithe the estate for perpetual ministry support. Barry and Tracy desired to be good stewards of God's blessings, regardless of their ages.
The endowment they created will be divided four ways, with three of the beneficiaries being NC Baptist ministries. While they have the right to change their charitable beneficiaries as long as either lives, they are content to know that the ministries will be recipients of their earthly investments until the Lord returns.
Barry's Christian journey began in West Asheville Baptist Church where he accepted the Lord at age twelve. At age eighteen, he responded to God's call upon his life to become a minister and began his preparation by enrolling at Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute in 1995. In 1997, he graduated from Fruitland and married the love of his life, Tracy, the following year.
From 2001 to 2006, he gained valuable experience as a bi-vocational pastor at South Buncombe Baptist Church. During this time, Barry and Tracy welcomed Sierra, now age 11, and Braydon, now age 7, into the Fisher household. Barry became the full-time pastor at Flat Creek Baptist Church in Weaverville in 2006 where he served until 2011 and where they welcomed Titus, now 20 months, into the family. Barry relates that it was a positive experience at Flat Creek, a well established, deacon-led church, and he and Tracy learned a lot about themselves.
Sensing God was leading Barry into church planting, the Montford Community in Asheville began to cry out to the couple. In July 2011, Barry became a bi-vocational lead pastor of Crosspoint Community Church, which was birthed from North Asheville Baptist. Crosspoint was formerly known as the Cumberland Avenue Baptist Church which had regretfully fallen to the point of having only six members. Cumberland Avenue welcomed the new church start and the new name and began to grow almost immediately. In February of this year, Barry became Crosspoint's fulltime lead pastor. Today, sixty-five people attend regularly and the church now has 30 members.
Barry and Tracy are excited to announce the May arrival of their fourth child, son Liam. Barry says, "We may not have a lot of the world's money or goods, but with what we do have, we want God to have His part. We created the endowment because we wanted to invest in the kingdom of God and make a difference even after we are gone." "Sounds like a man young in years but mature in his faith," says David Webb.
Photo caption: Left to right - Sierra, Barry, Titus, Tracy, Braydon