Pat Barrington was born in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. She was the third of 7 children born to William C. and Nell E.Hulsey. She grew up in rural Oklahoma where she learned about Jesus at Sunnyside Baptist Church. She put her faith and trust in Him as her Savior at the age of 7 years old. By the time she was in eighth grade she knew that God was calling her into special service for Him. At that time she believed it to be medical and mission activities. She pursued this by applying to the University of Oklahoma and getting a pre-medical degree in nutrition-dietetics.
While at the University of Oklahoma she met Carl Barrington on the way to the Baptist Student Union as a freshman student. They dated for most of the four years of college and were married in 1978 after finishing college. Carl was ordained to the ministry in 1978 and has served churches throughout Oklahoma, Texas, and Georgia. When they moved to Texas in 1980 for Carl to go to seminary, Pat supported him and renewed her commitment to go to medical school. She applied and was accepted to the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas. She became a family practice physician and pursued the opportunities that God gave her for meeting the needs of patients and going on many mission trips. She also spoke at ladies’ conferences, retreats, and led Bible studies.
Carl Barrington is an only child of Carl Lewis and Joyce Barrington of Marlow, Oklahoma. He has his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma where he was named the outstanding senior man. He then attained the Master of Divinity and the Master of Religious Education degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and his Ph.D from the University of North Texas. He has served as pastor, interim pastor, minister of education, music minister, youth minister, seminary professor, and Bible teacher. He currently teaches Bible at Providence Christian Academy in Lilburn, Georgia. He is most happy when preaching or teaching the Bible.
Carl and Pat were blessed with a precious daughter named Michelle in 1991. They moved to Georgia in 1993 for Carl to work for the North American Mission Board. In addition to raising Michelle, Pat has continued to work as a family practice physician at Dr B. Abraham, P.C.and to lead ladies’ Bible studies and speak at women’s events. They are active in Sunrise Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Pat believes that the thing that is most important to God is that He receive glory. He receives glory through his creation and his people when they are allowing him to work through their lives. She believes that each of us can bring glory to God when we allow Him to use us on a regular basis to do his work. She frequently speaks about sharing Christ in your workplace and using your work as a ministry. Pat loves to tell stories. Most of her stories are about how God worked in a situation to bring glory to Himself. She uses many of these stories as illustrations in her Bible studies so that others can catch a vision of how God works in people’s lives to build their faith. She is currently writing a book “For God’s Glory: True Stories to Build Your Faith”. This contains many of her stories about how God has worked in her life and in the lives of those around her.
Through the years Pat has had many opportunities to see God work in various situations. She has seen many of her patients come to a deeper faith or receive Christ as their Savior through her witness. She is quick to admit that she cannot heal anyone but that Christ, the great physician, can do so. She offers hope and peace to people who are hurting when God brings them into her pathway. Pat loves to witness and go on church visitation where she can tell others about Jesus. She is always excited when God allows her to be part of helping someone that He is drawing to himself.
Carl and Pat love to travel. In their 34 years of marriage they have visited many of the countries of the world. Some of these have been vacation, but many have been mission trips. Pat loves scrapbooking as a way of journaling what God has allowed them to do.
In the past few years Pat has decreased her medical practice to part-time. She still works about 30-35 hours per week as a physician in Snellville, Georgia. She is using the extra time for speaking engagements, writing, witnessing, and trying to meet others’ needs. She is available as a speaker for women’s events.