Barbara Heil grew up on the West Coast and had a life changing encounter with the love of Christ when she was a student. She crossed the country to Ashland, Virginia, where she learned a life of prayer, worship, and devotion at an international ministry community. Her hands-on training included kids' camps, inner city ministry, missions, ministry to the poor, and crusades around the world.
Barbara was part of the staff at the Calvary Campground in Ashland, Virginia for over 20 years. Her ministry experience is wide and varied, from living in Hong Kong to minister in Asia, to living in Jerusalem, to being on staff at a street mission in San Diego, California to minister to the needs of the homeless during the beginning of the AIDS outbreak.
Barbara is a former Pentecostal minister and has traveled to 55 nations as a missionary, evangelist, and pastor. After an amazing journey, she came into full communion with the Catholic Church. She didn't know until recently that she had been baptized as a child in the Catholic Church, and after much prayer and deliberation, she received the Rite of Confirmation in St. Paul, Minnesota in April of 2013.
Barbara has spent the last few years traveling the U.S. and the world conducting worship seminars, retreats and conferences, leading missions trips, offering prayer and counseling, and seeing thousands healed and set free inside and out, equipping lives for the Glory of God. Today Barbara continues to be involved in a wide spectrum of Christian endeavors, and ministers with Protestants and Catholics alike.
After being a widow for 8 years, Barbara has recently married! She lives in Iowa with her husband, Jeff. She is the joyful mother of 4 and grandmother of 2! Together, she and Jeff have 8 children and 10 grandchildren!
Barbara is a dynamic and inspirational speaker with a passion to awaken others to their destiny and purpose in Christ, and to lead people into an intimate relationship with God and in deepening their walk with Him. Barbara's passion for Christ and her Catholic faith is contagious!
"It's not merely doing holy things that produces holiness! It's simply trusting a Holy God! Do you realize that God is not only nearer than you are to yourself, but that He also knows you better than you know yourself? And He loves you better than you love yourself! When I accept this, I begin to love His will as I love my own, I begin to desire it, to trust His will, and to allow my will to be united with His. Then this becomes holiness." (Barbara Heil)