In 1998 on a mission trip to South Africa with Bob Hayes, God began to burden Edward’s heart about full-time ministry. After surrendering to this call, he began to make preparations for training at Bible college. It was also during this time that he met his wife April; they were married in 2003 and have four children, Hayley, Caden, Alayna and Everly.
Edward entered full-time ministry at First Baptist Church in Milford in 2004. His role included running the children’s ministries of the church and developing material for Master Clubs. In 2011, the Barclays left the ministry in Ohio and moved to Loveland, Colorado to plant Hope Baptist Church. This storefront church has continued to grow during these last 7 years and has enjoyed many salvations and baptisms, strong attendance, and steady growth. Before he left Hope, the church was averaging 204 per week and had a record day of 448. The Barclays have now returned to Milford where Edward is serving on the pastoral staff of First Baptist Church of Milford.