NAC Spotlight A Closer Look at National Alumni Council Members


Hometown: Wichita, Kansas

Current HOME: Houston, Texas

Current Job: Mom and driver

Childhood Ambition: To become an artist.

Fondest Memory: Holding my girls right after birth

Wildest Dreams: I want to hang-glide off cliffs and over water in at least three continents!

Alarm Clock: 5:20

Favorite OC Bible Class: Isaiah

Proudest Moment: When my daughters told me they were ready to commit to follow Jesus and be baptized.

BIggest Challenge: Choosing the best over better.

Indulgence: Exercising to my heart’s desire and PBB’s turtle cheesecake.

Inspiration: Jesus and Job

My Life: I want to continue to thirst for growth and knowledge.

My School: OC is a wonderful place to form lifelong friendships, marriages and memories. I not only grew academically, but spiritually, my depth of knowledge of God and the Bible flourished. I left OC for the mission fields in Japan and Brazil and have been blessed ever since.

NAME: Harrison Barbarick (07)

Hometown: Redding, California

Current HOME: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Current Job: Senior Credit Risk Officer at Legacy Bank

Childhood Ambition: I was determined to take over the world!

Fondest Memory: Biennial Thanksgivings in El Paso with parents, my sister, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Wildest Dreams: I still hold some ambition of world conquest, but until then, I’d like to see the 20 nominees for the New 7 Wonders of the World. 1 down, 19 to go!

Alarm Clock: 6:50, 7:05 and 7:10. I promptly get up 30-40 minutes after the third one.

Favorite OC Bible Class: Senior Bible with Chip Kooi

Proudest Moment: I’m proud of my mother for completing her accounting degree and my father for getting his masters, both while raising my sister and me.

Biggest Challenge: Finding enough hours in the day to do all the things I want to.

Indulgence: Spicy food. Chips and salsa are nearly a daily staple. I add some kick to the majority of my meals, whether they be Mexican, Asian, American or other.

Inspiration: OC alumni Alyson Mack, Katie Marshall, Jon Barr, Will Blanchard and my father. Alyson, for inspiring me to chase any and all ambitions, Katie for introducing me to a greater world of literature, Jon for motivating me to get in shape and to view the bicycle as a source of transportation, Will for sharing his philosophy of perpetual self-improvement, and my father because he uses his life to show devotion to God, love for God’s people and service toward those in need.

My Life: A challenge to learn, serve, share and grow through perpetual self-improvement, setting goals and chasing after them.

My School: OC challenged me through its mathematics program, involved me through social service organizations (go Alpha!), gave me a lifetime’s worth of friends, and provided a spiritually inspiring atmosphere. OC is my home.


Fall 2013

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