Barry Stallings was born Franklin Glenn Stallings on August 25, 1968, to the late Claudious Albert “Bud” Stallings, Jr. and the late Sankie Glenn Stallings. After his parents divorced in 1974, he and his older brother Jay resided with their mother in their hometown of Mount Olive, NC.
After graduating from Southern Wayne High School in 1986, Barry attended Lenoir Community College in Kinston, NC to study Radio and TV Broadcasting. He landed his first radio job at WSSG-AM in Goldsboro, which led him later into Christian Radio at the former WFXN-AM in 1989; followed by his Christian television career at what is now WHFL-TV in Goldsboro, NC which began in 1992.
After answering the call to Pastoral Ministry in 1995 Barry went on to pastor Riverside Community FWB Church near Rocky Mount, NC from 1995-1999 while working full time at WHFL-TV. He has been serving as the Senior Pastor of Pleasant Grove Original FWB Church of Pikeville, NC since December 17, 2003. He also serves on the Board of Directors of WHFL-TV 43 as Vice Chairman and has served on several boards and committees within the Original FWB denomination, including the Western Conference of Original FWB Board of Ordination and the Board of Directors of the FWB Press. He also is a member of the National Religious Broadcasters and attends its annual convention each year. He is also a former Chaplain for the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and former Professor of Biblical Studies at Carolina Bible Institute and Seminary, teaching a satellite class at his church in Pikeville. Awards include the 2011 P.T. Lucas Pastor of the Year Award by the Original Free Will Baptist Ministerial Association, and the WHFL-TV Horizon Award that same year.
In 2020 his first book, “A Christmas Gift for Esther,” was published by Palmer Publishing, a division of Free Will Baptist Press, Ayden, North Carolina. The book is now a series with the second installment, “Esther's Christmas Wish”, being released in October 2022, and the third, "Esther's Christmas Blessing" due to be released in September 2024. There is also a play that accompanies each book in the series. In February 2023, the book series was placed in the Free Will Baptist Historical Collection at the University of Mount Olive, and can also be found in circulation in Moye Library on the UMO campus.
Barry, who is also known as Bubba to his lifelong friends, resides in Fremont, NC along with his wife Olivia. They have two daughters, Karen Stallings Terrell and husband Austin of Pikeville, NC, Katie Stallings of Pikeville, NC and a grandson, Carter Glenn Terrell of Pikeville, NC.