Barry Woodward grew up in Salford, Greater Manchester. At 16, he left school with no qualifications and became drawn into the Manchester and drug scene. This led to a life of heroin addiction and drug dealing.
After being dependent on heroin for fifteen years and spending a number of terms in prison, Barry had what he describes a 'religious experience', which resulted in his life being totally transformed. This led to him becoming an evangelist. Since then, he has worked with a number of Christian organizations and studied full time at Cliff College, where he was awarded a Diploma in Biblical Studies and Evangelistic Ministry from Sheffield University.
He is a contemporary communicator who is humourous, passionate and inspirational.
Each year, he speaks at approximately 130 events. He also occasionally contributes to discussions related to drug issues on the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky TV.