Carla Barry, a 1990 graduate of Arkansas City High School, will share her one-day workshop, called “The Hope Project,” in June in Arkansas City.

“The Hope Project focuses on four key topics that encourage the participants to embrace hope,” Barry explained.

The project was inspired by her own experiences in the armed forces.

“After years of being in the military and experiencing deployments, it was the times when I was separated from my family and loved ones that seemed to be the hardest,” Barry said.

“I can remember one deployment to Afghanistan — I did not want to go, and I remember crying and praying, then a peace came over me.”

This incident was followed directly by a seven-month deployment. “This was my inspiration for the curriculum,” Barry said.

Barry’s education

After graduating from ACHS, Barry attended Southwestern College in Winfield and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in music in 1994.

She then attended Northern Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated with a master of arts degree in theological studies in 1997.

While attending Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Barry was commissioned in the U.S. Navy as an ensign.

From 1997 to 2002, she served as an ensign and also was a chaplain candidate.

“I finished my (master of divinity degree) in 1999 and was ordained the same year with the Evangelical Church Alliance,” Barry said.

“I served two churches and went on active duty in 2002 as a Navy chaplain. I have served in the Navy as a chaplain for 17 years. As a Navy chaplain, I have been stationed in Japan for five years, served on ships, did a Coast Guard tour, and have done two tours with the Marines.”

Being a Navy chaplain

Navy chaplains serve the military units that serve primarily on the high seas.

“We serve Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. I have had the opportunity to serve all three,” Barry said.

Her choice not only to serve her country, but also to serve the Lord, was influenced by her family.

“My grandfather was in the Navy and I grew to love the Navy because of him,” Barry said.

“It was because of my love of God and this great nation that I knew I had a calling to serve in ministry as a Navy chaplain.”

In 2013, she obtained her doctorate in ministry from Liberty University.

The one-day seminar will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 9.

The Hope Project

The four key topics the Hope Project curriculum will cover are Healing, Optimism, Peace and Enthusiasm.

“Oftentimes, we can say we have hope, but have not embraced it,” Barry said.

“At the end of the workshop, participants will understand what it means to embrace hope.”

The one-day seminar will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 9.

The seminar will include breakout sessions, special music and the opportunity to complete a volunteer service project.

Registration is $20 for the seminar, which includes breakfast and lunch.

For more information, email TheHopeProject2018@gmail.com.