LOUISVILLE — A missionary serving in Guatemala has been appointed to serve at the University of Kentucky.
Jon Barron’s hiring has been approved by the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s Administrative Committee, and he is making arrangements to return to the U.S. to begin the new job.
Barron, who served as Baptist Campus Ministries director at Eastern Kentucky University for 10 years beginning in 2002, has been working with orphans in the South American country since 2012.
“His most recent experience as a missionary in Guatamala has prepared him to re-engage campus ministry in Kentucky with an even greater vision for helping churches in the Lexington area and beyond help more people encounter Jesus,” said Brian Combs, collegiate evangelism strategist for the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
Barron is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary at Fort Worth.
“I believe the college campus is the greatest mission field in the U.S.,” Barron said. “It is a community of people from different cultures all over the world doing life together. I can relate to where they are spiritually because half of my college years I lived without Christ while the other half I walked with him. I’ve experienced college from both perspectives.”
KBC Executive Director Paul Chitwood said he expects to Barron to have great success on the UK campus.
“We look forward to seeing Lexington area churches aggressively engaging the campus and are praying for many students to come to Christ under Jon’s ministry,” Chitwood said.