Barney Coombs – son of encouragement…
Born December 24, 1937 Barney Coombs had been a police officer in England, then a pastor, becoming one of the leading teachers in the charismatic movement in the UK. In 1976 he joined Pastor Bob Birch at St. Margaret’s Church in East Vancouver (now named West Coast Christian Fellowship). Since that time Barney’s ministry grew to include churches in dozens of countries around the world, with countless leaders receiving him in an apostolic role. These churches, linked by relationship rather than legal structures, became known as the Salt & Light family of churches). Churches from Salt & Light North America gather regularly for equipping each other through regional conferences. saltlight.org.
Jessie Enns (now a Senior Pastor in the US) grew up from a child in West Coast Christian Fellowship, East Vancouver. His words ring true for so many. He states, “Barney Coombs was a giant in the Lord, and made a profound impact in my life and the lives of countless others. It’s because of him that I am in the ministry (both me and my father before me). He taught me about the big picture…about doing the little things right…how to be a minister, how to be a son, how to be a father, how to be a pastor, how to be a leader, and how to be a disciple of Christ.”
Barney went to be with the Lord July 22