Extreme Investing
Author : Barry Willey, Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired)
Description : Extreme Investing should be required reading for all those who are committed to discipling others and multiplying disciples. It amplifies the joy and challenge of Jesus’ last command, to make disciples, and gives the “why’s” and “how’s” of this great adventure. To help inspire this great vision, Barry illustrates the influence of spending intentional time with individuals through many personal testimonies.  (2 Timothy 2:2)

I have known Barry since he was a brand new plebe at West point. I can still see his fresh eagerness to learn as he sat in our living room with other classmates eager to grow in Christ. I’ve watched him respond over the years to the call of giving his life wholeheartedly to Christ as he faithfully learned, applied, and passed on everything he was learning from God’s Word and his mentors.

Barry has truly been “good soil” as he and his fellow disciples have multiplied many fold. He has followed Jesus and discipled others in his work place, his family, his church, and he still continues wherever God has placed him. He has produced fruit that is rippling into eternity as he has focused on the two things that will last: God’s Word and the souls of men. He truly has stored up treasures in Heaven and will inspire you to do the same.


About the Author:
Barry was born in Batesville, Indiana, in July of 1950. He moved with his family to the Indianapolis area when he was four years of age. In 1968, Barry graduated from North Central High School and headed to West Point, New York, attending the U.S. Military Academy. He graduated in 1972 as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in the U.S. Army. He married Barb in 1974 and they became the parents of Rachael and Jonathan. He spent much of his military service in infantry units (82nd Airborne Division, 24th Infantry Division, The Ranger Training Brigade, among others). As a paratrooper and Army Ranger, he was privileged to serve with some of the finest service men and women in our country. In 1982, Barry attended Indiana University to earn a Master’s Degree in Journalism and go on to spend about 10 years in the Army as a Public Affairs Officer, helping tell the Army’s great story. His deployments, as both an infantryman and public affairs officer, included combat operations on the Island of Grenada in 1983, combat operations in the Persian Gulf with the U.S. Navy during Operation Earnest Will (1987-88), combat operations during Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1991, and stability operations in Haiti in 1994. During his time in Haiti, he was the spokesman for the U.S. military forces, holding more than 100 press conferences and interviews with the world’s media, including many live TV events. After 29 years of active duty, he retired from the Army in 2001 and became a strategic communications consultant with a Washington, D.C.-based firm, Booz Allen Hamilton. Barb and Barry were selected as the field staff representatives for Officers’ Christian Fellowship (OCF) at West Point in January 2005. Following nearly five years as West Point campus ministers, working with chaplains and leading the OCF club activity, Barry and Barb came back to Northern Virginia and Barry returned to Booz Allen Hamilton. He also has most recently worked with two U.S. Government organizations—The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force, and The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, providing public affairs and communication support. Barb was a teacher and a school administrator and is now a real estate agent. She and Barry are the proud grandparents of David Ian and Michael Edward, born to their son and daughter-in-law, Jonathan and Jamie, who live in Wisconsin where Jonathan is Chief Operations Officer for :betr, a positive-content media platform focused on GenZ and Jamie is a trained youth leader in the United Methodist Church and a substitute teacher in their school system Barb and Barry’s daughter, Rachael, is a former social worker and elementary school teacher, and is now a full-time nanny in St. Petersburg, Florida. Barry is the author of Out of the Valley (OCF 2007), the remarkable story of his mentor and friend, the late Jon Shine, USMA Class of 1969. In October of 2015, Barry published a sequel to Out of the Valley, titled Extreme Investing: Changing the World One Believer at a Time (Creative Team Publishing, San Diego), focusing on the importance of one-on-one mentoring and discipling relationships.

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