A lifelong supporter of FCA, Jean Barrett is known for both his skill in starting new FCA programs and raising support for them. Barrett founded Tulsa’s FCA inner-city camp 23 years ago, and it is still running today. As a volunteer, he underwrote and directed the first FCA Camp hosted outside the U.S. in Mexico in 2000, which ran for 10 years before the area was deemed too unsafe. Barrett founded the NFL Oklahoma Alumni/FCA Golf tournament five years ago to raise money for FCA Camp scholarships and funds to supply schools throughout Oklahoma with athletic equipment. He serves on the Oklahoma FCA Endowment Board, chairs the governance committee and serves on the local FCA board in Tulsa.
Barrett’s Christian leadership began as a college athlete where he was an All-American offensive lineman for the University of Tulsa (1967-1971). During this time, Barrett served as an FCA Leader and shared his faith both in Tulsa and throughout Oklahoma. In 1972, he was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, where he served as team captain, played for nine years and, at one point, started 93 games in seven seasons. Barrett has been a financial supporter for FCA since 1972 and, as a pro athlete, he spoke at numerous FCA Camps.
“Jean Barrett has been faithful to Jesus Christ and the ministry of FCA,” says John O’Dell, FCA State Director for Oklahoma. “He always puts others first and is faithful, humble and a reflection of Christ in all that he has done for the ministry. He was very successful in impacting lives for Christ in Mexico through the camping ministry of FCA, and he has been an outstanding volunteer for all FCA events throughout the state of Oklahoma.”
Barrett is married to his wife, Jane.