"Because William Carey University has had such a powerful effect on our life and ministry, how could we not desire to continue to be connected and supportive of this institution," said Nathan Barber Sr., class of 1967.Nathan and his wife Pat, also class of 1967,believe that it was in the Providence of God that they both came to Hattiesburg to be a part of this particular Mississippi Baptist college. It was at Carey that they met, married as seniors, and began their journey together as a couple. Nathan has served nearly 50 years in the ministry, including pastoring three churches and serving as associational missions director for Covington and Jefferson Davis Baptist Association, a position from which he recently retired after eight years. He currently serves as a chaplain for Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg and as command chaplain for the Mississippi State Guard. Nathan and Pat have three sons. Their oldest son, Nathan Jr., '94, is principal of Second Baptist Church High School in Houston, Texas. He and his wife, Christy (Barton) '94, an attorney, met while students at William Carey. Their youngest son, Patrick, '00, is presently a student doctor in his third year in the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Their third son, Todd, is a graduate of the Air Force Academy, an Air Force Pilot, and commander of the 71st Rescue Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. "So four out of five of our immediate family, plus one daughter-in-law, are all graduates of William Carey University. We have all reaped the benefits of some kind of financial support from this institution, whether it was a scholarship or a work study program," said Nathan. "We will always be grateful for the distinctly Christian education which we received at William Carey. Our lives have been greatly enriched. Even though our financial support to William Carey is relatively small, we try to be consistent with our gifts. We seek to encourage potential university students to consider and connect with our alma mater, William Carey University!"