Ed Stetzer

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Ed Stetzer (born 1966) is an author, speaker, researcher, pastor, church planter, and Christian missiologist. Stetzer is a contributor to the North American discussion on missional church and church planting.

Ed Stetzer
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Stetzer in 2010
Born 1966
Long Island, New York USA
Alma mater

Shorter University
Liberty Theological Seminary
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Samford University
Religion Christian
Spouse(s) Donna Stetzer


Stetzer was born on Long Island and grew up in Levittown, New York, outside New York City.

Stetzer is President of LifeWay Research, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources and LifeWay's Missiologist in Residence. For five years before that, Stetzer served as Director of Research and Missiologist-In-Residence for the North American Mission Board. He is a prolific author, and well-known conference and seminar leader. Stetzer has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, holds two master's degrees and two doctorates, and has written dozens of articles and books.

Stetzer currently serves as Visiting Professor of Research and Missiology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School[1] and Visiting Research Professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary,[2] and has taught at many other colleges and seminaries.

Stetzer is a contributing editor for Christianity Today,[3] a columnist for Outreach magazine,[4] and is frequently cited or interviewed in national news outlets such as USA Today and CNN.[5] He is also the Executive Editor of The Gospel Project,[6] which is used by over 400,000 individuals each week. Stetzer is Executive Editor of Facts & Trends Magazine,[7] a Christian leadership magazine circulated to over 70,000 individuals each month. He has also been featured speaker at numerous national conferences[8] and churches including the Catalyst Conference, the National Outreach Convention, Saddleback Church, the FiveTwo wikiConference and Mars Hill Church (Seattle). TheResurgence.com has stated that, "He is one of the leading thinkers on the earth in the areas of evangelism, church planting, and movements."[9] Stetzer has been critical of the Emerging church movement.[10]

He holds a bachelor's degree at Shorter University, two master's degrees (from Liberty Theological Seminary and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary), and two earned doctorates (a Doctor of Ministry from Samford University and a Doctor of Philosophy from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary).

He currently resides in Hendersonville, Tennessee and also serves as Lead Pastor of Grace Church in Hendersonville,[11] a congregation he planted in 2011.

Missions consulting[edit]

Dr. Ed Stetzer is known around the world for his expertise in church planting and missiology. He has planted multiple churches and helped revitalize declining churches. Dr. Stetzer spends much of his time traveling and speaking at conferences and churches about church growth, church planting, and missiology.[12] Mark Driscoll has stated that Stetzer is "one of the greatest missional church researchers."[13] Rick Warren has said that Stetzer is "a successful pastor, church planter, researcher, and adviser to thousands of churches, Ed Stetzer speaks from a wealth of experience with all kinds of churches" (from the foreword to Comeback Churches).

Two of Stetzer's recent research books, Lost and Found and Transformational Church, have been named to the Golden Canon Book Awards from Leadership Journal, a publication of Christianity Today.[14]

Published books[edit]

Stetzer's book publications include:


About Ed Stetzer[edit]

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  1. ^ Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Faculty: Ed Stetzer, PhD, accessed, January 25, 2013.
  2. ^ Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Visiting Faculty, accessed January 25, 2013.
  3. ^ "Christianity Today Staff," Christianity Today, accessed March 26, 2011.
  4. ^ "Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research," Outreach Magazine, accessed March 26, 2011.
  5. ^ USA Today, Topic: Ed Stetzer, accessed March 26, 2011; Ed Stetzer on CNN, accessed on March 26, 2011.
  6. ^ The Gospel Project The Gospel Project
  7. ^ Facts and Trends Facts and Trends
  8. ^ "Speakers: Ed Stetzer," Pastors.com, accessed March 26, 2011.
  9. ^ "TheResurgence.com Authors: Ed Stetzer". Authors: Ed Stetzer. 
  10. ^ Ed Stetzer First Person: Understanding the emerging church, Baptist Press, January 6, 2006, accessed March 26, 2011.
  11. ^ Grace Church Leadership Team: Lead Pastor, Ed Stetzer, accessed, January 25, 2013.
  12. ^ b21 Panel Bio: Ed Stetzer http://www.baptisttwentyone.com/?p=2211 accessed 3/26/2011
  13. ^ Driscoll, Mark (2008). Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods. Wheaton Illinois: Crossway. p. 218. ISBN 978-1-4335-0130-2. 
  14. ^ 'Transformational Church' named to LeadershipJournal.net's Golden Canon, February 4, 2011, accessed April 2, 2011.

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