Meet Dr. Iris K. Barrett
I am Dr. Iris K. Barrett, founder of “The Word is My Life,” and I love helping people grow.
My earliest memories in life involve helping others to learn and succeed. As a child, I remember waking up early to prepare lessons or games for my younger sisters. I often taught them on Saturday mornings while my parents slept.
Years ago, I visited my first grade teacher, Mrs. Hill, in an assistant living facility. She was in her 90s. I asked her “who I was when I was 6 years old.” She said, “You were a somber child – focused and serious-minded. You were always helping the other children.”
My early years have led me to where I am today.
"The Word is My Life" is Born
In 2002, after working over 16 years in Human Resources for a telecommunications company, I left the business world. God prompted me to resign, and I did not hesitate. Here’s why. Although I loved the years dedicated to training and developing an exceptional workforce of employees, times shifted. The company entered a season of layoffs, and my job responsibilities required me to be integrally involved in the layoff process. The transition from developing people to laying them off marked my season to exit.
So, in May of 2002, God commissioned me to continue training and developing people but in a different environment and for different purposes. My passion is connecting people to God’s truths revealed by His Spirit in His Word. These truths show us how the Kingdom of God operates and how believers flourish even in these trying times.
Now, 20 years later, God has continued to provide a path for this ministry to “heal the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18). I minister from a lifetime of learning and growing and am grateful to use my gifts of teaching, ministry, intercession, discipling, and writing to edify and build up the body of Christ.
If you want to grow your relationship with Christ and others, this ministry is for you!
More about Dr. Iris Barrett …
Community Ministry and Personal Life: In my community, I partner with Christian Community Outreach Ministries, serving in ministry there. Since 2002, I’ve taught and ministered to clients and others in the community seeking direction and soul care. I also mentor those who desire to fulfill the call of Christ on their lives in ministry. In addition to serving as a spiritual mother to many, I am humbled to love my family as a wife, daughter, sister, and auntie.
Education: BSPH (Bachelor of Science in Public Health) from UNC-Chapel Hill summa cum laude; MBA (Master of Business Administration) from Duke University; Ed. D. (Doctor of Education with a concentration in Adult Education) from Regent University
Membership: American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). Certificate courses with AACC – Caring for People God’s Way and Professional Life Coaching 101 and 201.