John’s passion has been to develop leaders to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ in his community and a Biblical Worldview in the Body of Christ.  His ministry leadership has included local churches, Christian schools, an evangelistic outreach, and a regional advisory council.

John has served on the faculty of Azusa Pacific University – University College and Ashford University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in communications and educational leadership. He has facilitated sessions at regional conventions for the Association of Christian Schools International and National Institute for Learning Development.

He has researched and written on effective leadership practices with the intent to better understand how ministries attract, select and retain team members that fit within the organizational mission and core values.

Originally from Kansas City, he now lives in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. He has three enormous blessings in his life. He has been married for over 28 years to Karen. His oldest son is a Ph.D. student in engineering at Oregon State University. His youngest is a senior at Virginia Tech majoring in History and Film Studies.


Executive Coaching

Leadership Development

Teacher and curriculum development



Christian Schools

Youth Organizations


Para-Church organizations



Throughout the U.S.



B.A. in Pastoral Studies from Calvary University

M.A. in Teaching from Webster University

Ed.D. in Leadership from Liberty University

Certified Life and Leadership Coach



Adjunct Professor in Communications at Azusa Pacific University – University College

Associate Faculty in Education at Ashford University

Over 20 years in Christian Education with 16 years in leadership



“John Barlow is gifted in building relationships with donors, students, and families and is passionate about quality education and access for students regardless of their financial status.  He readily relates to his audiences or individuals with an engaging manner and personal warmth.  He is passionate about the educational process, individual learning styles, and achieving excellence in all facets of his work.”

Susan Adamson, Former Director of the Blue Ridge Christian School Educational Foundation