Ex-drug addict set to speak at Norwich church
Reformed drug addict and now evangelist Barry Woodward is guest speaker at Radical Church in Norwich on Saturday January 13, 7pm at the House of Prayer, Fishergate, NR3 1SE.
Barry (pictured above), grew up in a great, non-Christian, home, in Salford, Greater Manchester. At 16, he left school with no qualifications and became drawn into the Manchester drugs scene, taking cannabis, amphetamines and LSD. This led to a life of heroin addiction and drug dealing.
After being dependent on heroin for 14 years and spending a number of terms in prison, Barry had what he describes a 'religious experience', which resulted in his life being totally transformed. This led to him becoming an evangelist. Since then, he has worked with a number of Christian organizations and studied full time at Cliff College, where he was awarded a Diploma in Biblical Studies and Evangelistic Ministry from Sheffield University.
Matt Richards from Radical Church said: "Barry is a contemporary communicator who is humourous, passionate and inspirational. He has a heart for people in the UK. Each year, he speaks at approximately 130 events. He also occasionally contributes to discussions related to drug issues on the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky TV. Most importantly, Barry loves Jesus and is passionate about the way in which Jesus can, and does change peoples' lives."
Barry is an accredited travelling minister with the Assemblies of God denomination, in the UK, and is also an associate evangelist with J. John of the Philo Trust. He is author of 'Once an Addict', and he and his wife Tina are members of the Bridge Church, Bolton, Greater Manchester.
Matt said: "Please invite people that don't yet know Jesus. We guarantee the Gospel will be preached and people will come to know Jesus as their Saviour.
Entry is free.