About Us

Mission Statement

Equipping young adults with disabilities for a life of self-confidence, societal significance, and spiritual maturity in Christ.


Barnabas Prep was an idea that originated from Camp Barnabas, a unique ministry providing Christian camping experiences to individuals with special needs and chronic illnesses, along with their siblings.

Through the years, Barnabas staff witnessed campers grow from young children to young adults and saw the challenges their families faced as they prepared their students for life after high school.

In a desire to walk alongside campers and their families, the Barnabas team began to brainstorm ways to expand their ministry outside of a camp experience. Thus, Barnabas Prep was born.

Barnabas Prep received its inaugural class of six students in the fall of 2011 and operated out of the Camp Barnabas at Teas Trail in Purdy, Missouri. In 2014, the program relocated to Branson, Missouri allowing for an expansion of the program and more opportunities for students and staff to be immersed and plugged into the community around them.

Today, Barnabas Prep accepts classes of up to 20 students a year, partners with many local businesses and organizations to provide more volunteer opportunities for students, and consistently serves at a local church.

Barnabas Prep students are active members of the Branson community and get to live fun and exciting social lives through the wide variety of attractions, museums, and shows found in the area.


Full-Time Directors:

  • John TillackĀ 
    CEO, Barnabas Foundation, Inc.

  • Sandy Miller
    Program Director

  • Brock Shonkwiler
    Operations Manager

  • Jaki Harwell
    Head Cook

Not pictured:
Molly Bryan, MSN, RN - Lead Nurse
Byron Joplin - Facilities Coordinator

House Supervisors:

  • Riley Humphrey

  • Claire Duignan

  • Natalie Jansen

  • Nathan Doss

  • Houston Munoz

  • Luis San Miguel


  • Hannah Novinska

  • Jadon Ballinger

  • Kathryn Hudson

  • Kaylene Jacobson

  • Makenzie Hofacker

  • Nathan Quam

  • Ray Frederickson

  • Ridgley Harless

  • Samantha Wells

  • Sammy Mayoral

  • Keana Jones

NOT PICTURED: Hannah Cummins