Barry A. Baker is an experienced educator, full-time missionary, and church and public servant. In August 1963 he married Tamra Hyde in the Salt Lake Temple.
Barry graduated from high school in Beaver, Utah, in 1956. He received his BS degree in speech and English from Utah State University in 1966 and his MEd in Ed. Admin. at Brigham Young University in 1970. Before being transferred by the Church Educational System to Minnesota, he taught seminary in Utah, at the Coalville and Kamas LDS Seminaries. While doing his graduate studies at BYU, additionally, he taught one year at the Lehi LDS Seminary.
In 1970 he was transferred to St. Cloud, Minnesota, where he taught and coordinated home study and early morning seminaries and institutes in portions of Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, as well as in Manitoba and Ontario, Canada.
He was transferred back to Utah in 1983 to teach at the Ephraim LDS Institute of Religion. In 1990 he was assigned to teach as the LDS Institute Instructor/Coordinator at the opening of the new state prison, the CUCF, (Central Utah Correctional Facility) in Gunnison, Utah, teaching afternoon classes after teaching morning institute classes in Ephraim. His Ephraim Institute specialty was in teaching Religion 130, Missionary Preparation.
Barry and Tamra have served three full-time missions for the church. They were the first Latter-day Saint full-time missionaries to serve in the country of Kazakhstan (2002–03); followed by a second humanitarian mission, this time to the people in the Russia Vladivostok Mission in 2006–08; then an LMS (Leadership-Member-Support) mission in the Florida Jacksonville Mission in 2011–2013.
An interesting and unique part of Barry’s leadership experience is that he has served as branch president four times, two of those at both ends of the globe, in New Zealand and Russia. He has also served as bishop, high councilor, district presidency, teaching and administrative positions in the church as well as Ephraim City Council member.
Last, but certainly not least in his life’s experiences, Barry served our country for six years in the Utah Army National Guard, with an honorable discharge in 1967 as a staff sergeant.