I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland (1965). I attended Baltimore City public schools and graduated from Baltimore City College in 1973. I came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior in March of 1980. My early Christian years were spent singing on various choirs at the First Baptist Church of Cherry Hill and doing Street Evangelism. I moved my membership to Shining Star Baptist Church of Middle River in 1984 where I have served as Assistant Pastor from 1999 until January 2015 when I was Blessed to be chosen as Pastor of Shining Star Baptist Church.
I studied at Arlington Bible College and spent some time studying at Baltimore School of the Bible. I attended Lancaster Bible College for two years majoring in Christian Counseling. I currently teach Christian Missions at Baltimore School of the Bible. I was licensed to preach in 1986 and ordained in 1991.
I am married to the most loving woman (Alanda) and we have been married for 31 years. We have three wonderful children (Tamariah 41, Fredric 37 and Courtney 28). We are blessed with two grandchildren (Malik and Kalla). In November 2013 we became the proud parents of Chance Bentley Barber (2).
I am the Founder and President of Friends of Africa Mission Ministries Inc. established in 2000 and ministering in Ghana West Africa amongst Muslims in the Ashanti Region. I have been organizing and leading Mission trips to Ghana since 1999, but I myself, I have been going there since 1997. I have served as a Board Member of AARAMA (African Americans Reaching Africa Ministers Association) ministering in Kenya East Africa. I served as a member of the Board of Directors for Searchlight Global Missions. The Lord has permitted me to travel across the United States speaking and teaching at many Mission Conferences over the years. I served at President of the Foreign Mission Board for the Harford, Baltimore and Cecil Counties Ministers and Deacons Union for 8 years. I am an Evangelist/Tent Revivalist.
Most of all, I am a child of the King. Whatever I have accomplished in this life is all because of God's grace. He has blessed me to be an Instrument in His hand. It is not I, but Christ who lives in me.
Your Servant in the Service of Our Lord,
Pastor Custis T. Barber