Pastor James MacDonald
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. James has committed his life and ministry to the unapologetic proclamation of God’s Word. In 1988, with eighteen people, James and Kathy planted Harvest Bible Chapel, which now ministers to more than 12,000 people at seven campus locations across Chicagoland each weekend.
In addition to his preaching ministry, James began Walk in the Word, a Bible-teaching ministry, on one radio station in 1997. Today the radio broadcast reaches more than three million people daily, and the Walk in the Word television program, starting in 2014, has a daily audience that extends around the world.
In 2002, through James’ leadership the church-planting ministry Harvest Bible Fellowship was founded. By God’s grace, more than 150 independent Harvest Bible Chapels across North America and internationally are now impacting their communities with the truth of God’s Word, with the vision of planting 1000 churches. James’ extensive ministry also includes a training center for pastors, a year-round camp, a center for biblical counseling, a disaster-recovery organization, and an accredited Christian school—all used to reach more people with the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ. James is the author of several books, including: Act Like Men; Vertical Church; Lord, Change Me; Lord, Change My Attitude; When Life is Hard; Always True; and Gripped by the Greatness of God.