Born: October 25, 1879, New Springs, Wigan, Lancashire, England.
Died: December 1968.
Emigrating to America as a young man, Barratt studied at Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts, and Newton Theological Seminary, Newton Centre, Massachusetts.
He was ordained in December, 1913, by the Baptists in Connecticut, then by the Wheeling, West Virginia, Presbytery, Presbyterian Church in the USA, in 1924.
He served as a pastor in Dallas, West Virginia, then at a series of churches in the Presbytery of Clarion, Pennsylvania. In 1937, Bob Jones College, Greenville, South Carolina, awarded him a Doctor of Literature degree.
At age 83, Barratt wrote:
For 39 long years I have labored hard and steady writing sermons, children’s story sermons, and hymns. Up to the present day I have written 4,477 hymns. 80 percent of my sermons are published in books and magazines.
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