Barry Bandara has been married to his wife, Candy, since 1985 and is a proud father of three girls: Ashley, Holly, and Kailey. He grew up in San Jose, CA in a loud and large family. He enjoys his family, sunshine, 49er football, get-aways with Candy, and teasing his girls.
In July 2013, Ashley married Nathan Fox who is from North Carolina. Ashley and Nate are living in Lynchburg, Virginia and serving together at a local church. Holly and Kailey are also in the Lynchburg area working and attending Liberty University.
Outside of church ministry, Barry enjoys serving in our community as an assistant girls basketball coach at a local public high school.
After graduating from Liberty University, Barry spent 20 years as a Youth Pastor in Washington and California. His last youth ministry stop was at the First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton, CA where he was the High School Pastor to 750 students. He enjoyed the passion and energy of student ministry that involved camps, ministry teams, foreign mission trips, summer video productions (that are now blackmail material), and so much more.
Since 2005, he has been serving as the Lead Pastor at GracePoint Churchacross the Puget Sound from Seattle. His primary responsibilities are teaching and leading this ministry. His ministry vision is to build a vibrant church that has a passion to reach the unchurched with a mission to help people meet, know, and follow Jesus.
In 2011, Barry wrote his first book called Dream House: Blueprints to a Healthy and Happy Home. Plans are underway for another book in 2018.
If you are in the Bremerton/Silverdale area in Washington state and are searching for an authentic and vibrant church, then I’d like to invite you to check out GracePoint Church. We promise to do our best to change the way you think about church.