Barna Group is a visionary research and resource company located in Ventura, California. Started in 1984, Barna Group seeks to provide people with credible knowledge and clear thinking, enabling them to navigate a complex and changing culture. During its nearly three decades of work, Barna Group has carefully and strategically tracked the role of faith in America, developing one of the nation’s most comprehensive databases on spiritual indicators.
Barna Group's work is relied upon by media, churches and educational institutions for insight into matters of faith and contemporary society. Its public opinion research is frequently quoted in major media outlets, such as USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, Dallas Morning News, and The Los Angeles Times.
Additionally, Barna Group has worked with thousands of non-profit organizations and churches across the country, including many Protestant and Catholic congregations, denominations, and faith leaders. Some of its notable clients have included the Salvation Army, World Vision, Compassion, the American Bible Society, and Habitat for Humanity. It has also served mainstream business and non-profit leaders at organizations like SONY, Walden Media, Easter Seals, CARE, the ONE Campaign, the Humane Society, the Gates Foundation and NBC Universal.
Jedd Medefind serves as president of the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO), which unites more than 140 respected Christian organizations to labor together and equip Christians for effective adoption, foster care and global orphan care ministry. Previously, Jedd led the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, which, as the Harvard Political Review describes, "“fundamentally changed the government’s strategy for improving the lives of the downtrodden.” He's written several books, including Upended: How Following Jesus Remakes Your Words and World (Passio, 2012). Jedd and his wife, Rachel, love the great outdoors and live in California with their five children.