Barnabas Lin

Gospel In Action Plenary Manager

When not working for Urbana, Barnabas serves as a ministry team leader at the University of Chicago and has been on staff with InterVarsity for nine years, relishing the chance to integrate Christ into university culture. He grew up in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan before coming to the U.S. for college. Considering himself a citizen of the globe, he spent a formative summer in a garbage village near Cairo, Egypt and has also enjoyed working with IFES East Asia Regional Conference. He loves learning about and discussing peace-making movements, globalization, migration, and ethnic tension.

Comfort Foods:


Favorite Music Genre:

“Anything written by people I know and love.”

Favorite Verse:

“Why so downcast O my soul? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and God!” Psalm 43:5

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

“Wherever the church is truly living out her mission locally as the people of God”

Donut or scone? Coffee or tea?

“Donut!!! And both coffee and tea!”

What’s on your bucket list?

“Get a second bachelors from the University of Chicago!”

When I think of college, I think of . . .

“late night hang outs, broadening my world, and deep, real, friendships.”

Besides the Bible, what books/authors have influenced you the most?

Dr. King, Wendell Berry, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, Being Consumed: Economics & Christian Desire by William T. Cavanaugh