Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he graduated from The University of Glasgow in Arts and Theology. After completing his Master of Arts and his Bachelor’s of Divinity in Glasgow, he subsequently pursued post graduate studies both at The University of Nairobi in Kenya, and at Princeton Theological Seminary in New York.
After his ordination in 1982, Barry served in two different parishes in Scotland before moving to St. Columba’s in London. In February 2009 he became minister of Christ Church, Warwick, Bermuda. On the 27th February 2015 he was Inducted to the Cathedral Church of St Machar in Aberdeen.
He has had a particular focus on the care of the homeless, and has been instrumental in the leadership of the West London Churches Homeless Concern, offering shelters to the homeless every night from November to April. In September of 2007, on the 25th Anniversary of his ordination, a book of his sermons was published, ‘Challenge, Comfort, Forgiveness and Welcome – Words to the World at Such A Time as This’, with all proceeds to benefit ‘Borderline’, a Church of Scotland Advisory Service Project, assisting homeless Scots in the London area.
Barry served as a director of the Eliza Dolittle Society which is committed to feeding the homeless and needy in Bermuda.
A shower and laundry facility at Christ Church for the homeless called “Loads of Love” was opened in March 2011.
Barry is married to Hilda, a gynaecologist, currently working part-time in Glasgow. Their daughter Jenni works in the European Parliament in Brussels and son Philip will graduate this summer from Glasgow Caledonian University.