George Barna, Ph.D.
Director of Research, Cultural Research Center
George Barna is a professor at Arizona Christian University and leads the Cultural Research Center based at the university. His focus at ACU is worldview assessment and development, as well as cultural evaluation and transformation.
He was the founder and leader of both The Barna Group (which he sold in 2009) and the American Culture and Faith Institute (which closed in 2018). He has also been the President of Metaformation, a research and communications company, since 2009. Through those entities he has conducted groundbreaking research on worldview, cultural transformation, ministry applications, spiritual development, and politics. In addition to providing research and strategy for several hundred parachurch ministries, thousands of Christian churches, the U.S. military, and numerous for-profit and non-profit organizations, he has conducted polls and provided strategy input to four presidential candidates.
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 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.
Barna remains a frequent speaker at ministry conferences around the world, sharing insights from his various research projects. In addition to his current role at Arizona Christian University, he previously taught at several universities and seminaries. Barna was also the teaching pastor of a large, multi-ethnic church; an elder in several churches; and has helped to start several churches.
After graduating summa cum laude from Boston College, Barna earned two Master’s degrees from Rutgers University and has a doctorate from Dallas Baptist University.
George was born in New York City, spent his early years on Long Island, and later moved to Princeton, NJ. After attending high school and college together, George and his wife Nancy married in 1978, the same year they accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior. They have three adopted daughters and three grandchildren, and live on the central California coast. He enjoys reading novels, performing and listening to music, viewing fine art, rooting for the Yankees and Lakers, and experiencing the ocean.