George Barna has filled executive roles in politics, marketing, advertising, media development, research, and ministry. He founded the Barna Research Group in 1984 (now the Barna Group) and helped it become a leading marketing research firm focused on the intersection of faith and culture before selling it in 2009. He has served several hundred parachurch ministries, several thousand Christian churches, and many other nonprofit and for-profit organizations as well as the US military.
Barna has written fifty books, mostly addressing leadership, social trends, spiritual development, and church dynamics. They include numerous bestsellers such as Revolution, Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions, The Frog in the Kettle, Pagan Christianity?, The Cause within You, and The Power of Vision. His most recent books include Maximum Faith, which discusses his groundbreaking research on how God transforms people's lives. Several of his books have received national awards, and his works have been translated into more than a dozen foreign languages. He has sold more books based on survey research related to matters of faith than any author in American history.
His work is frequently cited as an authoritative source by the media. Barna has been hailed as "the most quoted person in the Christian Church today" and has been named by various media as one of the nation's most influential Christian leaders. Reflecting his love of writing, he has recently been ghostwriting books for others. He is also a consultant to political organizations and candidates.
A frequent speaker at ministry conferences around the world, he has been on the faculty of several universities and seminaries, and has served as a pastor of a large, multiethnic church as well as a house church, and has helped to start several other churches. Barna currently serves as the executive director of the American Culture and Faith Institute, and leads the faith development ministry Metaformation.
After graduating summa cum laude from Boston College, Barna earned two master's degrees from Rutgers University and a doctorate from Dallas Baptist University.
George has been married to his high school sweetheart, Nancy, since 1978. They have three adopted daughters and live in southern California. He enjoys reading novels, playing guitar, listening to music, rooting for the Yankees and the Lakers, and relaxing on the beach. He and his family attend Mission Church in Ventura.
Served as chairman of Newt Gingrich's National Faith Leaders Coalition in the 2012 presidential campaignWrote the bestseller The Power of Vision in four days Traveled to Florida to watch Yankees spring training games for six seasons Adopted his three daughters from foreign countries (Guatemala and Russia) Plays bass and particularly loves blues; is a member of the Grammy Association Has been to twenty-two countries around the world; his favorites are England and Australia.