Barnabas Prep announces new Executive Director

Branson, MO (March 7, 2018)– Barnabas Prep, a two-year faith based collegiate program designed specifically for students with special needs, is thrilled to announce John Tillack as the incoming Executive Director this spring.  

As Executive Director of the Branson-based program, Tillack will be responsible for overseeing the operations of Barnabas Prep and Barnabas Life. Prior to this, staff had been filling the interim role.

“We are so thankful to have John join the team. He has an outstanding leadership history, and an incredible heart and passion for people. This, paired with his desire to make a difference and change lives, is exactly what we need to take our Barnabas Prep and Life programs to the next level.”Jason Brawner, CEO for the Barnabas Foundation

Before joining Barnabas, John served as Chief Development Officer and Vice President of Advancement for Kids Across America for 15 years. He has experience serving as the Vice President of Communications for Promise Keepers and as the Regional Marketing Manager for MCI. He received his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Oral Roberts University in 1987 and a master’s degree in divinity and counseling from Denver Seminary.

“I’ve closely followed the growth and expansion of this powerful ministry for years and am excited to join an already vibrant, exciting and passionate team who has consistently shown their love and heart for the special needs community for several decades. There is a great need for the services the Barnabas family of ministries provides and I am looking forward to helping the organization grow and reach as many lives and families possible.”John Tillack, Barnabas Prep Executive Director

John currently resides in Branson and has been married to his wife Kamela for 28 years. They have four grown children and a granddaughter.

Barnabas Prep is based in Branson, MO and offers is an independent living learning experience that helps individuals recognize their strengths and potential and challenges them to grow into their best selves. Barnabas Prep is an extension of the Barnabas Foundation, which also includes Camp Barnabas. All exist to offer opportunities to all individuals, regardless of their disability or diagnosis, and to the people who serve them by providing social experiences that increase spiritual knowledge, social learning and human dignity.

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