Life Coach, Spiritual Director, Pastoral Counselor and Group Facilitator.
For thirty-five years Connie has worked with individuals and groups as they explore the journey of their lives; past, present and future.
Ordained as a Minister in 1992, she graduated from Baylor University and later attended Southwestern Seminary. She began serving in ministry as a Youth Pastor in 1977. In 1990 Connie joined the Pastoral staff of Fellowship Bible Church Dallas and served there for sixteen years.
During August of 1995, Connie recognized and acted on her passion to help encourage others to learn how to leave judgments behind and experience the love and grace of Jesus Christ, regardless of their past or present situation. The Barnabas Journey was founded and was a Ministry of Fellowship Bible church until December 2006.
In January of 2007, she organized an all-volunteer staff to begin the development of Barnabas as a non-profit organization. As an independent ministry her prayer is that the effect of Barnabas can reach beyond the church walls and bring authentic community and grace to people in all walks of life.
She has a Life Coaching certification from Fowler Wainwright International and recently completed a three year certification in Spiritual Direction from Perkins Seminary at Southern Methodist University.
The Barnabas Journey and Connie’s mission in life is “to create a safe and honest environment for life change where people can evaluate their behavior patterns and beliefs in the context of God’s unconditional love and grace.”
“My passion in life is to walk alongside people who are willing to embrace the lost and broken parts of themselves and dream about what could be. I have seen this happen in profound ways in working with individuals, couples and groups for thirty-five years. I believe life change is possible and sustainable through discovering the truth of who you are.
For most of my life, I have seen the church offer simple formulas for a “happy life” through random verses of scripture without getting ruthlessly honest about our patterns of self protection, pain and fears. Though I love “the church,” for too long we have created buildings with people in them who do not feel safe telling the truth about their life and their relationships. It is through embracing this pain, yours and mine that we can all experience the life changing grace of God.- Connie Freeman