Barrie Winn was born in the US, grew up in Switzerland, and earned a BS in chemical engineering from Imperial College London. Following graduation he worked for an engineering/science consultancy in London for 8 years, including 14 months seconded to IFDC in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. He then worked for nearly 32 years in North Carolina, where he is a registered professional engineer, at one of the world’s largest phosphate mining and manufacturing complexes. During this time he worked in chemical plant operations as well as in the environmental and technical departments. In his final position before retiring, he managed the process development, quality control, and customer services activities at the North Carolina complex as well as a similar complex in Florida. These activities covered phosphate products used in plant and animal nutrition, as well as phosphate and fluoride products used in a range of industrial and food applications.
After retiring Barrie earned an MA in science and religion from Biola University. His current ministry activities include helping with the college ministry and teaching team at his church, serving as a volunteer apologist with RTB, helping in a team effort to provide apologetic support for Christian ministries at Appalachian State University, and serving as director of the Carolinas Colson Fellows Affiliate, a The Colson Center for Christian Worldview program. He and his wife, Robin, live near Boone in the mountains of North Carolina. They have two adult children and two grandchildren.