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February 28, 2013

Rusk cleric to serve as 'Pastor of the Day' at State Capitol

RUSK — Donnie Barron, pastor of First Baptist Church Rusk for the past three years, has been selected by State Rep. Travis Clardy to give the invocation at the opening of the  83rd Texas Legislature in Austin today.

Barron – a U.S. Army veteran who will proclaimed "Pastor Of The Day" at the 10 a.m. Lege opener – has pastored in and around East Texas for nearly 20 years.

He is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler.

On his work profile, the popular pastor said he can sum up what he likes about his church most in a single word.

L-O-V-E.

"We love God, and we are a family and loves each other," Barron stated. "Whether we are in worship, bible study, or in fellowship, Love is present."

The pastor served in the U.S. Army for a decade and is a veteran of the first Persian Gulf War – specifically Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Additionally, he received a bachelor of arts in religion and sociology from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton.   

Barron has been married to his wife Kim for 29 years.

They have three children, one granddaughter and two more grandchildren on the way.

The pastor is active in his hometown of Rusk through everything from serving on the Chamber of Commerce to announcing most sporting events for the Rusk High School Eagles, according to Clardy representative Katelynn Wiggins.

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