John Barch

First post: Apr 24, 2012 Latest post: Aug 4, 2016
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We've created it to keep friends and family updated about our dad. Visit often or sign up to recieve notifications on the latest journal entries, visit the photo gallery, and write us a note in our guestbook. Matthew 18:19 "Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven".

After a routine day of fishing in the Gulf on Friday, March 30, 2012, I developed a headache, but figured it was from being out in the sun all day. I took some Ibuprofen and went to bed. After waking up the next morning, I realized I still had a slight headache and my vision was a little fuzzy. I presumed my vision problem might be because I needed a new contact lens prescription. I didn’t give it much thought until Sunday when I realized that I was having trouble reading the words, not seeing them. I relayed this to my oldest daughter, who is a nurse practitioner, before evening church. She insisted I get checked out at the hospital.

The next morning I went for a CT scan. The doctors saw bleeding on my brain and assumed I had suffered a silent stroke. It wasn’t until Wednesday, after an MRI, that I was told there were multiple lesions on my brain. The doctors mobilized quickly and within days they operated to biopsy the largest tumor located in the occipital lobe. The biopsy led to the discovery that I have Glioblastoma multiforme stage 4 brain cancer.

Many years ago, my life truly changed when I met my wife Gail in college at Drexel University. Through Gail’s faith and testimony, she led me to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and it was then that my life as a Christian began. We’ve been married now for 44 wonderful years. The Lord saw fit to bless us with four beautiful children and as Christian parents we made it our life’s work to rear them according to God’s Word.

Throughout the course of my life I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to lead in both my professional and personal life, the most fulfilling of which has been my life’s ministry with the church. I guess you could say it all really started in NJ over 35 years ago with the bus ministry. My son accompanied me on those rickety buses, picking up children in the surrounding neighborhoods of Parsippany for church every Sunday. Prior to my retirement, I was a a senior executive for a large pharmaceutical firm where I worked for 30+ years. However, what has truly been my passion is the work I have been a part of as a deacon for Parsippany Baptist Church in Parsippany, New Jersey, and most recently for Bible Baptist Church in Bradenton, Florida, where my wife and I currently reside. In addition, the Lord has given me the opportunity to be an advisor for Clearwater Christian College and Central Baptist Seminary where it has been an honor to use the knowledge I’ve gained in my professional career to help support the cause of both of these educational institutions.

It is through all of these life experiences, challenges, and opportunities that I now face one of the most difficult challenges ever put before me- giving this cancer a good fight. I face this challenge with the love of my wife, family, and friends and want to thank each of you for your earnest prayers, kindness, care and support in the months and trials ahead of us. Thanks to your prayers and dedication we face this journey as a family, without fear, knowing we are not alone. I pray each day that the Lord would give me back my cognitive ability to read and write again and ask for your prayers in this matter as well. In the meantime, my children have made a pact to keep this website updated with the latest news and information about my journey with brain cancer.

Love in Christ,


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