James MacDonald (D. Min. Phoenix Seminary) is married to his high school sweetheart and strong partner in ministry, Kathy. Both are from Ontario, Canada and now call Chicagoland home.
James has committed his life and ministry to the unapologetic proclamation of God’s Word. He is the founder and Senior Pastor ofwhich began in 1988 with 18 people and now welcomes 13,000 people to its seven Chicago-area campuses each week.
In addition to his ministry inside the church, James saw an opportunity to reach more people with God’s Word through radio. He began the Bible-teaching ministryon one station in 1997. Now, Walk in the Word can also be seen on television and online, reaching more than three million people around the world every day.
In 2002, James founded the church-planting network . Under his leadership, more than 170 vertical churches have been planted on four continents. He continues to recruit, train, and equip pastors to plant Vertical Churches through Mission Harvest and the Vertical Church Pastor Training Center.
James’ extensive ministry also includes the worship and songwriting ministry Vertical Worship, the film-making ministry , the accredited pre-K through grade 12 , a year-round , and a center for biblical counseling—all to reach more people with the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ.
James has authored several books and Bible studies, including:; ; ; ; ; ; and most recently, .
James and Kathy are thrilled to be close to their seven grandchildren and three adult children, who serve alongside them in ministry.