Dr. Barry D. Lovett

Pastor Barry accepted Christ as personal Lord and Savior and was baptized at the age of nine.  He felt called into the ministry and was licensed to preach at the age of fifteen, and was ordained at the age of nineteen. He has been a pastor for 42 years; 16 of which have been as the Pastor of First Baptist Church of Honolulu. 


Barry and Jody met while attending Judson University and were married in 1976.  After graduation they traveled with a music group full-time for one year.  Jody’s recording album, Blessed are the Children was produced by John Innes, accompanist for the Billy Graham Crusades.

Jody teaches music at Hawaii Baptist Academy. where she is the Director of the Eagle Choir. The Lovett’s have three children, Brandon, also a graduate of Judson University, resides in Indiana with his wife Savanna. Nathaniel, a graduate of the University of Hawaii, resides in Michigan. He and his wife Sarah were married in July of 2019.  Brianna, also a graduate from UH, resides in California with her husband Kolomona Wilson-Ku and their son Jordy. Both Brandon and Bri were married in November 2016.

Dr. Lovett is also on staff of The American Baptist Churches Los Angeles, Southwest and Hawaii as a Resource Minister for Hawaii.



Biking (motorcycle), Hiking, Landscaping, Guitar, The Symphony, Photography


Music- all kinds, especially Hawaiian. TV Shows – Blue Bloods and the old black & white episodes of The Andy Griffith Show. Food – Seafood. Restaurant – Red Lobster. Drink – Pina-colada smoothie. Movies – Comedies. Pastime – The beach, mountains, Hawaiian sunsets, flowers.


  • Judson University, Elgin, IL, attended 9/74 -6/77, major: Human Relations, Degree: BA
  • Taylor University, Upland IN, attended post term 1975
  • PASTOR BARRY & JODY WITH SARAH AND NATHANIEL, MARRIED JULY 13, 2019Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas TX, attended summer 1980
  • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL, attended 9/80-6/81
  • Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL, attended 9/81-6/86, major: New Testament, degree: Masters of Divinity
  • Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA, attended 6/94-6/01, major: Church Growth, degree: Doctor of Ministry


  •  Grow Scholar, Center of Renewal of the Churches, Northern Baptist Seminary, Chicago, IL
  • Evangelism Award, American Baptist Churches of the Great Rivers Region
  • DR BARRY LOVETT DAY PROCLAMATIONNeil Abercrombie, Governor, State of Hawaii, February 17, 2013
  • Recognized for 40+ Years of Pastoral Ministry,  by Dr. Samuel Chetti, Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, the Southwest and Hawaii, at the Annual Meeting of the Hawaii Association of American Baptists, October 2017.
  • Celebrating 16 years as Pastor of First Baptist Church of Honolulu, February 2019.

In the early 1990’s, while pastoring in Kewanee, IL, Barry was the program host for a listener supported radio program called “Words of Life” that aired for one hour seven nights a week.  Click below to listen.