James MacDonald is a good example for all of us how God loves to take regular, normal people and make us His mouthpiece for transforming truth. God changes lives-not through His messengers . . . but through His message. And so it’s to the truth of God’s transforming power that James has committed his whole life to proclaim. As a pastor, author, radio Bible teacher, speaker, friend, and family man, James ignites a bold passion for God in every avenue of relationship.
He’s most at home in the pulpit at Harvest Bible Chapel in the northwest Chicago suburbs, ministering to a growing flock of God’s people, now 9,000 strong. James’ best friend, co-laborer in ministry, and lifelong companion is his wife Kathy.
James is married to his high school sweetheart, Kathy, and both are from Ontario, Canada. He is the father of three grown children, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, and grandfather to five amazing grandsons. James has committed his life and ministry to the unapologetic proclamation of God’s Word. In 1988, along with a small group of ministry partners, James and Kathy planted Harvest Bible Chapel, which now has 13,000 people meeting at seven locations across Chicagoland each weekend.
Walk in the Word, a Bible-teaching television and radio broadcast ministry (WalkintheWord.org), was established in 1997. The radio program reaches more than three million people daily, and the television audience extends around the world. In 2002, through James’s leadership and by God’s grace, the church-planting ministry Harvest Bible Fellowship (HarvestBibleFellowship.org) was founded and has established more than 100 churches across North America and around the world. James’ vision is for God to use Harvest Bible Fellowship to plant 1,000 churches by 2020.
James’ extensive ministry also includes a training center for pastors, a year-round camp, a center for biblical counseling, a disaster-recovery organization, and a Christian school—all used to reach more people with the life-changing message of the Gospel.
James is the author of several books including Vertical Church, Authentic, Lord Change My Attitude, When Life is Hard, Always True, and most recently, Come Home.