The Very Reverend David G. Barr was appointed pastor of St. Elias Orthodox Church in September, 2004. Father David was formerly the pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church in Ben Lomond (1998-2004) and Holy Resurrection Antiochian Orthodox Church in Tucson, Arizona (1989-1998).
A native Texan, Fr. David was born and raised in the Houston area. While attending Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma (double majors in Old Testament and New Testament), Father David became more and more frustrated with Protestant theology and practice. His studies began to point him towards Orthodox Christianity as the authentic Christian tradition as presented by Christ to the Apostles and from them to the early Church. He entered the Orthodox Church at St. Antony Antiochian Orthodox Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma in January, 1980 after a year's catechumenate.
That same year, Father David was blessed by Metropolitan PHILIP to attend St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, New York where he graduated magna cum laude in 1983.
Upon graduating from St. Vladimir's in 1983, then subdeacon David was assigned to organize what would become St. Anthony the Great Antiochian Orthodox Church in Spring, Texas. In late summer, 1984, he was then appointed to be the Director of the Department of Youth of the Antiochian Archdiocese, an office he held through December, 1988. He was ordained to the Diaconate by Metropolitan PHILIP in March, 1988 and to the Priesthood by Bishop ANTOUN, July 3, 1988.
Father David and his Khouria Luanne (Dunaway) were married in January, 1988. They have 2 children: Samuel (b. 1989) and Christina (b. 1992), three dogs (Shadow, Lucy and Bella) and one parakeet (Mario).
Father David serves as the Dean of the Central Texas Deanery, the President of the St. Vladimir's Seminary Alumni Association, and the Director of the St. Romanos Chanter's Training Program. He was the primary commentator of the Epistle to the Hebrews of the Orthodox Study Bible.