Rusk pastor will give invocation to open 83rd Texas Legislature

AUSTIN, TX (News Release) - Donald Wayne (Donnie) Barron Jr. of Rusk will give the invocation at the opening of the 83rd Texas Legislature at the Capitol in Austin at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. The pastor of First Baptist Church Rusk was invited to Austin by State Rep. Travis Clardy of Nacogdoches to serve as Pastor of the Day.

Barron has served as Pastor of First Baptist Church Rusk for three years. He has pastored in and around East Texas for the past 18 years. He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, Texas and received a Bachelor of Arts in religion and sociology from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor at Belton. He served in the US Army for 10 years and is a Veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Iraq.

Barron and his wife Kim, of 29 years, have three children, one granddaughter and two more grandchildren on the way. He is active in his hometown of Rusk through everything from serving on the Chamber of Commerce to announcing most sporting events for the Rusk High School Eagles. He enjoys the outdoors through hunting and fishing and is an Executive Board Member of the Christian Hunters and Anglers Association.