Most of us wonder at some point in our life who we are and why we’re here. I’m no exception. Ultimately, I’ve come to believe that I’m here by God’s design, and exist for His pleasure and His purposes. This page contains only a few sketchy and much more mundane things than that about my life. Consider it (this page as well as my life) a work in progress. There are few links scattered below that provide just a little more information about me than you’ll find on this page.
My name is Barry Wallace. I was born in 1955, and spent the first 12 years of my life in Grand Tower, Illinois, a very small Mississippi river town in the southern part of the state. My family then moved to Chester, Illinois, where I lived until I graduated from high school in 1973.
After spending a couple of years in college as a music major, I began to question everything about my life, including my choice of majors. Unsure what I wanted to do, I quit school and found myself asking more serious questions about life, and the reason for my own existence. If you want to know more about that, I encourage you to read the page entitled A Bad Heart.
After a couple of moves, I settled down in . Having lived here since 1975, and having raised all of my children here, I now consider it my home. I’ve been employed by the Board of Municipal Utilities since 1980. I’m a member of , MissouriTrinity Baptist Church, where I feebly attempt to serve the Lord and His people.
I have a beautiful wife, who loves me more than I deserve. We have five kids in our blended family. We both love all five of them as our own, but if you want a breakdown, it’s yours (2), mine (2), and ours (1). I also have one beautiful grandson. If you still want to know a little more, you can find a few random and mostly useless facts about me here.
There is one final thing I want to share about my life. It’s actually not about me as much as it is about the person most responsible for shaping me, my mother. Mom passed away two days before Thanksgiving, 2007. I spoke (followed by my sister and brother) at her funeral. You can hear our tribute to Mom by following this link: Honored by Her Children