Barna Group President David Kinnaman to Take Leave of Absence Until 2021 After Death of His Wife

David and Jill Kinnaman

The head of a prominent evangelical Christian polling group will take a leave of absence following the death of his wife.

Barna Group President David Kinnaman announced on Monday that he would be taking bereavement leave for a few months, with Chief Financial Officer Todd White temporarily taking over his duties.

“I’ve decided to take a number of months of bereavement leave: to grieve, to serve and love my children (Emily, 21, Annika, 19, and Zack, 16), to read and rest, to paint and work with wood and to allow God to fill me up in the many places I feel hollow and empty,” wrote Kinnaman.

“That means I’ll be off the rest of 2020 and into the first month or so of 2021. I may pop up here and there to work, as it provides connection and gives me joy. For the most part, though, I’ll be out of pocket.”

In addition to White serving as interim president, Carey Nieuwhof will continue hosting the ChurchPulse Weekly podcast, which Kinnaman contributed to.

“To be honest, it feels weird stepping back, slowing down and resting when there’s so much at stake for the Church,” continued Kinnaman.

“Yet I’ve come to realize with startling clarity that it’s exactly for this reason that rest and renewal are critical to me as a leader and for the long-term health of the company.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski

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