Edward John Stetzer (born 1966) is an American author, speaker, researcher, pastor, church planter, and Christian missiologist. Stetzer is Billy Graham Distinguished Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College and Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College. He is the North American Regional Director for Lausanne International and serves as interim Teaching Pastor at Moody Church in Chicago, Illinois and Teaching Pastor at Highpoint Church, a multisite church in the western suburbs of Chicago. He is a contributor to the North American discussion on missional church, church planting, church revitalization, and Christian cultural engagement.
He holds master's degrees from Liberty University School of Divinity and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Doctor of Ministry from Beeson Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Stetzer is Billy Graham Distinguished Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College and Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College. Formerly, he worked as Executive Director of LifeWay Research, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources, and as LifeWay's Missiologist in Residence. Before that, Stetzer served as Director of Research and Missiologist-In-Residence for the North American Mission Board.
Stetzer is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach magazine, and is cited or interviewed in national news outlets such as USA Today and CNN. He is also the Executive Editor of The Gospel Project, which is used by over one million individuals each week.
Stetzer writes and speaks on missiology, cultural engagement, church planting and revitalization. Rick Warren said "As 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."
Stetzer's book publications include:
- Planting New Churches in a Postmodern Age (B&H Publishing Group, 2003).
- Perimeters of Light: Biblical Boundaries for the Emerging Church (with Elmer Towns, Moody Publishing, 2004)
- Breaking the Missional Code (with David Putman; B&H Publishing Group, 2006)
- Planting Missional Churches (B&H Publishers, 2006)
- Comeback Churches (with Mike Dodson; B&H Publishing Group, 2007)
- 11 Innovations in the Local Church (with Elmer Towns and Warren Bird; Regal Publishing, 2007)
- Compelled by Love: The Most Excellent Way to Missional Living (with Philip Nation; New Hope Publishers, 2008)
- Lost and Found: The Younger Unchurched and the Churches that Reach Them (with Richie Stanley and Jason Hayes; B&H Publishers, 2009)
- MissionShift: Global Mission Issues in the Third Millennium (with David Hesselgrave; B&H Publishing Group, 2010)
- Viral Churches: Helping Church Planters Become Movement Makers (with Warren Bird; Jossey-Bass, 2010)
- Transformational Church: Creating a New Scorecard for Congregations (with Thom S. Rainer, B&H Publishing Group, 2010)
- Subversive Kingdom: Living as Agents of Gospel Transformation (B&H Publishing Group, 2012)
- Compelled: Living the Mission of God (with Philip Nation, New Hope Publishers, 2012)
- The Mission of God Study Bible (with Philip Nation, B&H Publishing Group, 2012)
- Transformational Groups: Creating a New Scorecard for Groups (with Eric Geiger; B&H Publishing Group, 2014)
- Lost and Found: An Interview with Ed Stetzer Preaching Magazine, posted April 2008
- Ed Stetzer interview with Bible Study Magazine, posted at ChurchLeaders.com, March 29, 2011.
- Cover Story: Proselytizing in a Multi-Faith World Christianity Today, posted April 1, 2011
- Future Trends in Evangelicalism Patheos, August 2, 2010
- The Blessings of New Media TableTalk Magazine, Spring 2010
- FIRST-PERSON: Understanding the emerging church Baptist Press, posted January 6, 2006
- Curing Christians' Stats Abuse ChristianityToday.com posted 1/15/2010 09:44AM
- Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Faculty: Ed Stetzer, PhD, accessed, May 23, 2019.
- "Christianity Today Staff," Christianity Today, accessed May 23, 2019.
- "Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research," Outreach Magazine, accessed March 26, 2011.
- USA Today, Ed Stetzer on CNN, accessed on May 24, 2019.
- The Gospel Project The Gospel Project
- "The Gospel Project," LifeWay, accessed April 6, 2016.