Founder and Executive Directors, IRIS ABILENE: CAMP BARKELEY, ABILENE, TEXAS, USA
Norm and Angel Poorman are high school sweethearts who have founded their lives upon the gospel of Jesus Christ. Norm and Angel were married in 1993 and have two sons, Hunter and Hayden. The Poormans hold their family as their primary ministry but also feel called to serve others in the places God calls them. Abilene, Texas has been their home for years, but God has birthed in them a heart for the nations and for seeing His kingdom spread to the ends of the earth.
Dr. Norm Poorman received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Certificate of Missions from Abilene Christian University in 1994. He holds a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Baylor College of Dentistry and a Certificate of Pediatric Dentistry from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Angel Poorman is a Registered Dental Hygienist, and together they have practiced dentistry in Abilene, Texas since 2001.
God has given the Poormans many opportunities to serve in prayer, healing, and service-based ministries. They attend Beltway Park Church where they serve on the prayer and ministry team. They have facilitated classes with Transformation School of Supernatural Ministry, and serve at Love and Care Ministries through dental clinics and feeding programs.
Through a revelation in 2010, God transitioned their focus to Camp Barkeley, their 1,000-acre property. That same year, they established the Camp Barkeley Retreat Center. This retreat facility is a gathering place for small groups and individuals to come and meet with God, rest, and be filled by His presence.
In 2013, a partnership with Iris Global and Partners in Harvest was formed. Camp Barkeley expanded to become Iris Abilene: Camp Barkeley. In 2015, the Camp Barkeley Worship Center was built and registered as a Partners in Harvest Church. This partnership has created a channel for leaders to be ordained and sent out into ministry. To expand the diverse use of the property, Camp Barkeley’s capacity has grown into an additional ministry, Camp Barkeley Training and Equipping Center. This new entity exists to serve as a location for education, retreat, networking and preservation.
By remaining sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit, God has expanded the Poorman’s borders to direct many new ministries for His glory.
Directors of Global Affairs, Staff & Team Development, Training
Erik and Shelli Presley have four sons: Jeremiah, Zeik, Isaac and Nate. At the core of who they are they believe in loving God with all their heart soul, mind, and strength and in loving and valuing family. Both Erik and Shelli, as young adults, lived out their passion for seeing the nations come to know Jesus Christ as short-term missionaries in South America and Eastern Europe. After they married, this heart beat for the lost continued in their commitment to share the gospel and make disciples both here in America and in many nations around the world.
After having their eldest two sons they moved to Bangkok, Thailand where they served as missionaries with a team from Christ Fellowship, Fort Worth. They both worked with local Thai church leaders and shared the love of Christ with their neighbors, helping to usher in the Kingdom and bring freedom to the lost. Erik also participated in marketplace ministry through an international education consulting company that he helped found prior to moving his family to Thailand.
Shelli is trained as a Marriage and Family Counselor and currently serves as the Family Freedom Pastor for Beltway Park Church in Abilene, Texas. She has a passion for teaching the Word of God, discipleship, reaching the nations and empowering the body of Christ to walk in intimacy with God through the church’s Freedom Ministry.
Erik has his MBA from Abilene Christian University and has worked in the business and finance world his entire career. He has a passion to teach others that God has made His children to be priests in the marketplace. As Children of God, we were all made to restore God’s world to his original design. In this design, Jesus rules and reigns that the earth may be fruitful and bear life. The church is to influence every mountain of society so that Christ is known as Lord.
When asked about Camp Barkeley they will readily tell anyone, “We have loved watching and praying into all that God is doing at Camp Barkeley from the beginning, and it is an honor to get to serve in this place as we see heaven invade earth.”
At Iris Abilene Camp Barkeley, the Presleys function as the Directors of Global Affairs. As Directors, they exercise pastoral oversight and develop ministry infrastructure and overall strategy. The Presleys are co-laboring with the Poormans to facilitate CB3 and will be speakers and provide training throughout the school.
Keith & Elizabeth Fry
Directors of Intercession
Keith and Elizabeth Fry met through a divine appointment in 2011. They were engaged ten days later and were married in 2012. They have a homeschooled daughter, Brenna, who loves to minister to children and lead worship. Together their family serves as missionaries in the community of Abilene. Keith and Elizabeth have also had opportunities to serve cross-culturally in India, Israel, and the Philippines.
Keith and Elizabeth have a passion for intercessory prayer, healing and deliverance ministry, discipleship, and feeding the hungry on both spiritual and physical levels. The Lord has given them a passion for and the skills to grow organic food through sustainable farming practices. They have used this knowledge to feed the hungry, including: widows, orphans, and missionaries.
Currently, they live in central Abilene in a home they’ve recently renovated for Kingdom purposes. They have shaped their home to create an intentional faith community. This community allows them to mentor and be the spiritual “Mom and Dad” to the young men and women who live with them. Their goal for their lives and for those who live with them is to surrender all to Jesus and “walk by faith, not by sight.” The Frys also serve on the ministry and prayer team at their church, Beltway Park and hold intercessory and pastoral positions in community businesses.
Keith and Elizabeth are the Directors of Intercession at Iris Abilene Camp Barkley. They have a love for the nations and are passionate about seeing God’s children wholly equipped. By walking intimately with God, the Frys know everyone can carry out the Great Commission and bring His Kingdom to earth.
Inner Healing Coordinator & Equipping Facilitator
Edna Riley has served the Christian community for over 30 years as an elder, teacher, and ministry leader. Her sensitivity to the Holy Spirit provides a personalized, spirit-led approach that infuses her work. She is a Restoring the Foundations Healing House Network minister and trainer, a Kendall Life Languages Certified Trainer, and a speaker and seminar leader. Her leadership focuses on healing and restoration, character development, effective communication, group dynamics, personal development and the principles of a Kingdom lifestyle.
Edna was an educator in the public sector for over 30 years. Her experience includes: curriculum development, teaching, counseling, and administration. She received a PhD in Educational Psychology from Oklahoma State University and a PhD in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from Colorado Theological Seminary. Her research focused on cultural sensitivity and family therapy.
Edna’s educational background and her extensive ministry experience give her a unique holistic approach to service that has converged in her role at Iris Abilene: Camp Barkeley.
Pastoral Oversight for Resident Missionaries
Lauren Hassell is originally from Grapevine, Texas. In 2011, she moved to Abilene to study physics at Hardin Simmons University. She was drawn to Abilene’s small town charm and rural setting that were not available to her growing up.
Lauren has a passion to care for and serve others as well as a desire to grow deeper in her relationship with the Lord. She is an outgoing person and loves how God is using her gifts in her job at Children’s Dentistry of Abilene as a Personal Relations Specialist, in her church’s college ministry, and through opportunities at Camp Barkeley. Lauren attended CB1 as a student and was part of the staff for CB2. She is passionate about every individual growing into the fullness in the knowledge of their identity in Christ as well as living their full potential both in character and giftings.