John LaBarbara is a popular author, speaker, executive leadership consultant and founder of PracticalCatholicism.com which provides practical resources for Catholics to know, live and share their faith. He currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the Catholic Psychotherapy Association and as the Instructor of Apologetics for the New Evangelization, a course he created for the Denver Catechetical School. John is also the apologetics editor and a contributor to the critically acclaimed Didache Bible with Commentaries from Ignatius Press, and the author of Knowing God’s Love – 8 Essential Truths Every Catholic Should Know from Sophia Institute Press.
He has served as the Vice President of Operations for FOCUS (the Fellowship of Catholic University Students) where he was instrumental in creating their Leadership Develop Initiative, the Chief Operating Officer of the Augustine Institute where he designed and launched their highly successful distance education program, an Adjunct Professor of Sacred Scripture for the Denver Biblical School, and as the interim COO for Endow. His passion is Applied Theology – the study of theology to make it useful, applicable, and relevant to everyday life.
John is also the founding Principal of CALC Inc. - the Center for Advanced Leadership and Catechetics Consulting - through which he uses the knowledge and skills acquired through a career in corporate expansion and turn-arounds to help apostolates, religious organizations, parish leaders, and business professionals become more unified and effective in fulfilling their mission.
John graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Sacred Scripture from Simpson University and went on to study New Testament Greek at Fuller Seminary. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Angela, and together they have five adult children and four grandchildren. John and Angela reside in Denver Colorado and are adult converts to Catholicism from an Evangelical Protestant background.
You may contact John at John@PracticalCatholicism.com
"Although there are many great Catholic scholars and theologians out there who teach effectively on Scripture, the Catechism, and the magisterial documents of the Church, John's genius is that he synthesizes them in such a complete, compelling, and applicable way."
- Curtis Martin, CEO and Founder of FOCUS (The Fellowship of Catholic University Students)