Hi, I'm Amy Barkman. I've been the Director of Voice of Joy Ministries since 1979, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors since 1989, the pastor of Mortonsville United Methodist Church in Central Kentucky since 1998.

I'm happily married to Gary Barkman - we recently celebrated our 29th anniversary. Between the two of us, we have five wonderful daughters and thirteen grandchildren.

In 2006 I graduated from Appalachian Local Pastor School under the auspices of Candler School of Theology, Emory University and am now on the Board of Managers for ALPS. Previously I attended Eastern KY University, Georgetown College, and KY State University. I am also certified in both levels of the Fountain School of Spiritual Ministry through Messiah Ministries and part of that outreach through schools and healing prayer weekends. I’m certified in Advanced Training for Trainers, PREPARE/ENRICH marital and premarital counseling, and Motivational Therapy.

I completed training workshops in Pastoral Care Ministries, Theophostic Ministry, Ancient Pathways Ministry, Sex Offender Training, Individual and Group Counseling, and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, as well as others. Recently, I was certified as a stress management coach through the American Association of Christian Counselors.

I love to read – inspirational material, historical fiction, and cozy mysteries.

I love to travel, especially to England where I’ve been twice. I love to write – check out the Amy’s Writing page to see my successes and failures - and pray for me in that area, please!