Ken Barun currently serves as the Executive Vice President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Charlotte, NC.
Prior to joining the global ministry, Ken spent more than 20 years with the McDonald’s Corporation. As Corporate Senior Vice President, he was responsible for all areas off social responsibility including Environmental Affairs, Animal Welfare and in 2003 he was given the responsibility of overseeing Nutrition.
He began his career at McDonald's by developing and running Ronald McDonald House Charities Worldwide and served as it's President and CEO and a board member for his entire 20 year career at McDonalds.
Before his life at McDonald’s, Ken served for three years as Director of Projects and Policy for First Lady Nancy Reagan in the White House. Subsequently Ken served in both Bush Administrations on the President's Committee for Mental Retardation and the President’s Committee for Drug Free Communities respectively. He also has vast experience in the world of Substance abuse prevention and treatment having lived for 6 years as a heroin addict. After entering a long term residential treatment program, he stayed on as staff and was elected President of the Cenikor Foundation based in Houston Texas. In 1981 at the request of Chief of Staff James A. Baker III, Ken joined Reagan-Bush '84 to help ecampaign for and elect Ronald Reagan as President.
Following the campaign he was asked to join the administration as a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the US Department of Health and Human Services until being asked by Nancy Reagan to join her staff at the White House.
Ken holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Houston and an Honorary Doctorate from Montreat College. He married his wife Sethea in 2000. Together, they have seven children, 6 grandchildren and are raising their 2 1/2 year old great-grandson.
Barun was raised in New York City and wrote the national best selling book, "When Saying No isn't Enough", How to keep the Children you love off Drugs.