We are excited to welcome George Barna for this year’s Banquet Fundraiser! George Barna is the Executive Director of the American Culture and Faith Institute (a division of United in Purpose), conducting research on worldview, cultural transformation, and politics. 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. In addition to providing research and strategy for several hundred parachurch ministries, thousands of Christian churches, the U.S. military, and numerous non-profit and for-profit organizations, he has been a pollster in three presidential campaigns.
Barna has written more than 50 books, mostly addressing cultural and religious trends, leadership, spiritual development, church dynamics, and cultural transformation. They include New York Times bestsellers and several award-winning books. 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 most recent book is America at the Crossroads (Baker Books, 2016).
After graduating summa cum laude from Boston College, Barna earned two Master’s degrees from Rutgers University and received a doctorate from Dallas Baptist University. George and his wife Nancy attended high school and college together before marrying in the Princeton University Chapel in 1978. They have three adopted daughters and two grandchildren, live on the central California coast, and attend Mission Church in Ventura. He enjoys reading, music, rooting for the Yankees and Lakers, and relaxing on the beach.
For this year, we will again be offering two wonderful nights to choose from! Pick the night that works best with your schedule: Monday, September 18 or Tuesday, September 19. Both nights will be held at Taylors First Baptist Church at 6:15.
While there is no fee to attend the Banquet, we respectfully ask that you consider a minimum donation starting at $50.00 per person to help cover the cost of the evening. Financial support can be given through check, credit card, cash or pledge. Please call us at 864.292.5842 with any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!