Barry Oliver

Director of Music Ministry

Barry joined the Idlewild staff in October 2013. He has served churches in North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Denver, Oklahoma City, and Elkhart, Indiana. Music in worship has always been his greatest love as he grew up singing in children’s choirs and playing piano and organ as a child in his home church.

His formal education was in Oklahoma but he continues to study every summer at various academies in the United States and Europe.

Barry honors and loves the treasure of music that the church holds. Through centuries and throughout the world music has given life to the prayer of Christ’s body. To cultivate and to enter into the life of this treasure of sacred music is a joyous ministry and a calling to Barry.

“To work and serve at Idlewild Church is a blessing because Idlewild is a church with a long history of nurturing worship through music. The resources here are great: the distinctive French classical-style pipe organ; the splendid carillon; the fine choir; and the engaging congregation as well as the many who engage and support our work together here. It is a joy.” –Barry Oliver

You can reach Barry at 901-726-4681 ext. 212 or


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