James MacDonald (D. Min. Phoenix Seminary) is married to his high school sweetheart, Kathy, and both are from Ontario, Canada. He is the father of three grown children and grandfather to five amazing grandsons and one precious granddaughter. James has committed his life and ministry to the unapologetic proclamation of God’s Word. In 1988, with just eighteen people, James and Kathy planted Harvest Bible Chapel, which now ministers to more than 13,000 on seven campuses in the greater Chicago area each weekend.
In addition to his preaching ministry, James began the Bible-teaching ministry Walk in the Word on one radio station in 1997. Today, the Walk in the Word radio broadcast reaches more than three million people every day, and the television program, which started in 2014, has a daily audience that extends around the world.
Since 2000, James has been committed to planting Christ-exalting churches around the world. From his vision and leadership, by God’s grace, today more than 160 vertical churches on four continents are impacting their communities through the truth of God’s Word.
James’ extensive ministry also includes the worship and songwriting ministry Vertical Church Band, the film-making ministry Vertical Church Films, the Harvest Training Center for pastors, the accredited Harvest Christian Academy (for pre-K through grade 12), a year-round camp, a center for biblical counseling, and a disaster-recovery organization—all to reach more people with the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ.
James has authored several books and Bible studies, including: Act Like Men; Vertical Church; Lord, Change Me; Lord, Change My Attitude; When Life is Hard; Always True; and most recently, The Will of God IS the Word of God. He and his wife Kathy live in the Chicago area near their three adult children who serve alongside them in ministry.