Pastor Profile: Tim Barker of Katy Community Fellowship
At Katy Community Fellowship, if you believe in the power of prayer, you’ve come to the right place.
Pastor Tim Barker makes prayer a central focus of his work days, his church services, and his free time, and this is reflected in the close relationships he shares with members of his congregation. He asks church members to submit prayer requests during the offerings each Sunday, and he prays for them every single day. This helps him to know what is going on in the lives of the people he sees every week and reinforces the prayer lives of everyone in the congregation.
Katy Community Fellowship has 600 members and about 450 attend regularly. Members dress casually and comfortably for the services, which tend to be contemporary in nature. The church is open to everyone and is Bible-believing, preaching, and teaching. Barker started the church in 1999 with his wife, Polly, in a growing community. They saw it as an opportunity to reach a new group of people and they were right – church members represent 17 different nationalities, a range of ages, and diversity across the board.
Barker understood the power of prayer and wanted to bring it to this new church community. He explained, “We’re a church that focuses on prayer; in fact, we have one service on Wednesday evening devoted solely to prayer, no teaching or preaching. We pray for our community and revival in our nation. During our hour or more together, we pray as a corporate body, in small groups, individually, and hand-in-hand with people coming in for prayer.”
Born into a pastor’s family – both his father and grandfather pastored churches – Barker knew as a teenager that he wanted to follow in his patriarchs’ footsteps. He’s been in the ministry for 30 years and has pastored Katy Community Fellowship for the last 18 years. His wife started and currently works with the Children’s Ministry, which Barker believes is a crucial program for the church. Promiseland caters its services to the youth, who are encouraged to bring friends to Sunday service. “Family and community are big parts of what we do. Our Katy Community Fellowship Home Center is devoted to helping people in all walks of life: marriages, young parents, grandparents, and singles. We provide resources and work with young families through all of the stepping stones of their spiritual journey.”
Having been in Katy for 31 years, Barker and his wife are imbedded in the community. It should come as no surprise that Barker most values the contributions he is able to make through prayer. He is a member of The Katy Church, a group of pastors that prays together every week. They pray for each other and the city and community leaders, and they’ve even hosted the Chief of Police, mayor, and school superintendent and prayed over them. “Our job is to be the House of Prayer. We take that seriously. We pray for our adopted nation of India and for people all over the world. We understand the power of prayer and the necessity of it. We’re for everyone, not just our own church. We believe in community – it’s our middle name.”
For more information about Katy Community Fellowship, visit www.katyfellowship.com or visit services at 8:51 or 10:36 (to correspond with the Psalms passages). Children’s and student services are offered during both times. Or attend the prayer service every Wednesday at 7:00 pm.