Barby began working with The Foundation Evangelism in 2003 as part of a technology grant with the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church (UMC). A graduate of Florida Southern College (B.A. Communications and Graphic Design, 2002) in Lakeland, Fla., she grew up steeped in the Wesleyan tradition.
In 2013, Barby began working for The World Methodist Council, which connected her to the many Wesleyan-tradition denominations around the world. She was on the planning team for the 2013 and 2018 World Methodist Council meetings (London, UK, and Seoul, Korea) and for the 2016 and 2021 World Methodist Conferences (Houston, Texas, and Gothenburg, Sweden). Her most memorable moment with the World Methodist Council was getting to shake hands with Pope Francis at the Vatican in 2017.
In 2018, Barby returned to The Foundation for Evangelism, bringing over a decade of institutional knowledge and a deeper understanding of the broader Wesleyan tradition.
Barby has served in small to medium sized churches as a youth leader, delegate to annual conference, and member of the church administrative council. She also managed websites for several churches and related organizations. She is a member of the Communications Commission for The Western North Carolina Conference of The UMC.
Barby lives in Clyde, N.C., with her husband and two children. She loves art, photography, and taking hikes with the family. She recently began refreshing her Spanish conversational skills and is obsessed with sourdough.