Jim Cymbala

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Jim Cymbala
Born1949 (age 69–70)
ResidenceBrooklyn, New York
Alma materUniversity of Rhode Island
United States Naval Academy
OccupationHead Pastor, author
Years active1971-present
OrganizationBrooklyn Tabernacle
Spouse(s)Carol Cymbala

James R. Cymbala (born 1949) is an American author and pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle. He is also a former college basketball player, serving on the teams for the United States Naval Academy and the University of Rhode Island.

Cymbala's best-selling books include Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire; Fresh Faith; and Fresh Power. In 2002, Cymbala was nominated for a Dove Award for Musical of the Year, for his work on Light Of The World, along with his wife, Carol Cymbala and their 270-voice Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.[1][2][3] He has been the pastor of the multi-racial megachurch The Brooklyn Tabernacle, since 1971.[1][4] When he began serving The Brooklyn Tabernacle, the church membership numbered fewer than 30 persons. As of 2012, the church numbers over 16,000 members.[5][6] The Cymbalas have three children and nine grandchildren.

Published works[edit]

  • Fresh Faith: What Happens When Real Faith Ignites God's People, Zondervan, 1999. ISBN 978-0310231899
  • The Life God Blesses: The Secret of Enjoying God's Favor, Zondervan, 2001. ISBN 978-0310242024
  • God's Grace from Ground Zero: Seeking God's Heart for the Future of Our World, Zondervan, 2001. ISBN 978-0310236627
  • The Church God Blesses, Zondervan, 2002. ISBN 978-0310242031
  • Fresh Power: What Happens When God Leads and You Follow, Zondervan, 2003. ISBN 978-0310251545
  • Breakthrough Prayer: The Power of Connecting with the Heart of God, Zondervan, 2003. ISBN 978-0310255185
  • Fresh Faith: What Happens When Real Faith Ignites God's People, Zondervan, 2003. ISBN 978-0310251552
  • Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire: What Happens When God's Spirit Invades the Hearts of His People, Zondervan, 2003. ISBN 978-0310251538
  • The Promise of God’s Power, Running Press Miniature Editions, 2003. ISBN 978-0762416820
  • The Promise of Answered Prayer, Inspirio, 2003. ISBN 978-0310989059
  • Living Abundantly Through God's Blessing, Inspirio, 2004. ISBN 978-0310989035
  • When God's People Pray Participant's Guide: Six Sessions on the Transforming Power of Prayer, Zondervan, 2007. ISBN 978-0310267348
  • You Were Made for More: The Life You Have, the Life God Wants You to Have, Zondervan, 2008. ISBN 978-0310241270
  • Spirit Rising: Tapping into the Power of the Holy Spirit, Zondervan, 2012. ISBN 978-0310241256


  1. ^ a b "Brooklyn Choir Wins Praise by Singing the Lord's Praises - New York Times". Nytimes.com. 2000-02-28. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
  2. ^ "2002 Dove Nominees Announced!". FreshReleases.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-11. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
  3. ^ "2002 Dove Awards". Metrolyrics.com. 2002-04-25. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
  4. ^ Gallup, George; and Jones, Timothy K. The next American spirituality: finding God in the twenty-first century, David C Cook, page 13, 2000. ISBN 978-0-7814-3316-7
  5. ^ "Pastor Jim Cymbala". Brooklyntabernacle.org. Archived from the original on 2009-06-07. Retrieved 2011-08-18.
  6. ^ "Brooklyn Tabernacle - New York Times". Nytimes.com. Archived from the original on 2012-09-30. Retrieved 2011-08-18.

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