After receiving Christ’s forgiveness in his late twenties, Ken moved to Columbus to start a family with his wife, Julie. They now have three children entering those fun and challenging teen years. Although, Julie’s passion for cross-cultural missions was strong from the beginning, God needed to work on Ken’s heart. God did just that through his word and deep fellowship with other followers of Jesus and exposure to international students through various volunteer opportunities at IFI. From airport pick-up and temporary housing to Friday night bible studies and conversation partner opportunities, Ken has seen God deepen his heart for the lost and for international students in particular. In 2014 God called Ken to a deeper commitment to IFI by preparing him to step into a new role at IFI, Chief Operating Officer.
During these years of growth, Ken co-founded a software design and development company. Running a business can be gratifying and it certainly is challenging. Changing careers as a business owner is even more difficult. Ken felt that God needed to do something big in order for him to consider a more mission focused career. In 2012, God brought about the acquisition of Ken’s business. Ken continued as employee, most recently as their COO with responsibility for seven offices on four continents. In August of 2014, he joined IFI full-time. Ken’s primary goal is to make all facets of the internal workings of IFI more efficient, so that Rich Mendola and other workers at the fore front can focus more fully on the direct ministry of reaching and discipling international students. Ken’s biggest passion is to see international students won into Christ’s Kingdom and to see those same students returned equipped to their home countries able to lead or participate in church planting movements.
Ways to Give to Ken’s Ministry
- EASY GIVING: Give automatically through your bank account.
- Use your bank’s ONLINE BILL PAY or mail a check to:
International Friendships, Inc.
PO Box 82416
Columbus, OH 43202-0416
Please write “KEN BARKER” on the check memo line or in the memo or account field in your online bill payer.
- Credit Card online (see form on this page)