John and Barri were both baptized into Christ in 1983 while attending Louisiana State University. John graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. In 1985, they were married and moved to Memphis, TN where they first served in the full-time campus ministry and John completed a Master’s of Arts in Religion degree from Harding University. They went on to serve churches in Barri’s home town of Baton Rouge and then San Francisco, Sacramento, and St. Louis.

In 1991, their first daughter, Jana was born. Then in 1993, they took on the missionary challenge of Bangkok, Thailand, where they all became fluent in Thai. In addition to serving as the evangelist of a church in Bangkok they also helped direct or start other works in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, overseeing ministries throughout Southeast Asia. In 1996, their second daughter Marin was born in Bangkok. After spending four years in Bangkok, they moved to Manila, Philippines to serve in the ministry there. In 1998 the Lusks moved to Denver, CO, where they served as the Senior Minister and Women’s Ministry Leader in the Denver Church of Christ.

In December, 2004 John and his wife and two daughters moved to St. Louis where they served the St. Louis Church of Christ for five and a half years. There Barri graduated from the University of Missouri St. Louis with a B.A. in Sociology.

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