Barry McGee


Barry grew up in Carson City, Nevada. Growing up, he loved hunting Chucker with his dad, riding dirt bikes, snow skiing, and boating on Lake Tahoe. Barry played varsity sports, delighting especially in football. It was football that led him to begin college at Santa Rosa Junior College. After a semester there, with his head in a fog from using drugs etc., he returned home to find nothing but unhappiness and trouble.

In 1979 Barry cried out to God in desperation, asking that if God was real, if Jesus really rose from the dead as Barry had heard in childhood Sunday School classes, would God rescue him? Over the next few months, God worked in his life, granting him repentance and saving faith. Barry experienced unrivaled joy in Christ! It was this joy that weaned him from using drugs. Drugs no longer satisfied him, rather, they robbed his joy. Soon after, he became a part of a Bible believing church and began growing in his faith.

In the summer of 1981, Barry moved to Redding California to attend Shasta Bible College. Here he began dating his long time pen pal, Terri Lowrance. They fell 'head over heels in love' and married in January of 1982. He and Terri loved serving with Anderson Cottonwood Neighborhood Church during this time.

Upon graduating from Bible college, he and Terri, along with their first two daughters (then a toddler and new born), moved to Denver Colorado for Barry to attend Denver Seminary. It was in Denver that two more daughters would be added to their family. It was also there that Barry served on the pastoral staff of Corona Presbyterian Church.

The McGee family returned to the North State in 1990 to serve at Anderson Cottonwood Neighborhood Church. In 1995 Barry was called to pastor at Cow Creek Community Church where he ministered until November of 2012, just shy of 18 years.

It was with great excitement that Barry and Terri began this new adventure in joining with other believers in forming RCBC. The foundation of this new start up is rooted in humility and prayer. "Oh God, would you see fit to use us to be a part of building Your Kingdom in the Redding area?!"