Jim Daly (evangelist)

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Jim Daly
Jim Daly.jpg
Born (1961-07-22) 22 July 1961 (age 58)
EducationCalifornia State University, San Bernardino
Regis University (MBA)
OccupationPresident and CEO of Focus on the Family
Spouse(s)Jean Daly

Jim Daly (born July 22, 1961) is the head of Focus on the Family, an international Christian communications ministry based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He succeeded founder James Dobson in 2005.

Daly is also the main host of the Focus on the Family radio program.[1]

Early life, influence, education and career[edit]

Daly grew up in Southern California. He was abandoned by his alcoholic father at age 5, and orphaned by his mother's death from cancer when he was 9. He was then placed in a foster home, initially in Morongo Valley California, until he moved in with his older brothers and then with his father, who eventually turned back to alcohol and died. By the time that Daly was a senior in high school, he was living on his own.[2]

Daly experienced a Christian conversion at 15 while attending a camp run by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He went on to study at California State University, San Bernardino, and eventually earned his Master of Business Administration from Regis University.[3]

Daly worked in the paper industry until he was recruited to join Focus on the Family, at one-third of his six-figure private sector pay.[3]

He has served at Focus for 16 years in a variety of positions including as assistant to the president for Public Affairs, Vice President of the International Division, and a Group Vice President under former U.S. Secretary of Energy and Secretary of the Interior, Donald P. Hodel (then Focus President), before ascending to the presidency.

Focus on the Family[edit]

Daly shares Dobson's views in the public policy arena, but has taken a different approach than his predecessor. Daly refers to himself more of an evangelist than a prophet.[3] He believes that the Christian community should demonstrate the values it wishes to promote and maintain civil discourse.[3][4][5]

While Dobson's approach was highly political and partisan, Daly and his colleagues have said that he is trying to make it less so.[6][7][8]

Similar to Dobson, Daly and his colleagues oppose abortion and same-sex marriage, but also wishes to address issues other than these typical evangelical hot button issues;[4] they "want to frame political work as an inspirational call to do good—not just to oppose what they view as sinful behavior."[6]

Daly says that he wishes to make abortion much rarer as a step toward eliminating it.[9][10]

In addition to abortion rights groups at the state and local levels, Daly has also met with organizational leaders who are traditionally at odds with conservative Protestants, including the Colorado-based gay rights organization, the Gill Foundation.[11] Daly participated in the White House's Fatherhood initiative.[4] With the Colorado Springs Independent the two organizations co-sponsored an event supporting foster families.[12]

Daly's childhood experience prompted him to start Wait No More, an organizations that encourages Christians to adopt children. Wait No More led to a drop in the number of children in foster care in Colorado from 900 to 365.[13] Daly wants Colorado to become the first state to "wipe out the waiting list for foster care."[10]

Daly reaches out to the younger generation through various speaking engagements at venues such as Kings College in NYC, "The Civil Conversations Project" from On Being with Krista Tippet, featuring conversation between Daly and Q Ideas leader, Gabe Lyons,[14] and writing for Catalyst, a ministry that develops Christian leaders.

Host of the daily radio broadcast[edit]

Daly hosts a radio broadcast with John Fuller that reaches an estimated 220 million listeners worldwide.[1] He has interviewed Christian leaders and notable guests including Drew Brees, Pam and Bob Tebow, Dave Ramsey, Chuck Colson, Dr. Kevin Lehman, Jerry Jenkins, Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and former US President George W. Bush.

Radio and media attention[edit]

Daly has appeared on such television programs such as Fox and Friends, Larry King Live, America Live with Megyn Kelly, and ABC World News Tonight. In 2010 he was named one of the nation's top new evangelical leaders by Newsweek.[citation needed]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Finding Home: An Imperfect Path to Faith and Family, David C. Cook Communications, 2007
  • Stronger: Trading Brokenness for Unbreakable Strength, David C. Cook Communications, 2010
  • ReFocus: Living a Life That Reflects God's Heart, Zondervan, 2012
  • The Best Advice I Ever Got on Parenting, Worthy Publishing, 2012 ISBN 9781936034482[15]
  • The Best Advice I Ever Got on Marriage, Worthy Publishing, 2012 ISBN 9781936034499[16]

Daly is also a regular panelist for The Washington Post/Newsweek blog "On Faith."



  1. ^ a b Electa Draper, "Denver Post", February 12, 2011 "Source 31", July 29, 2011
  2. ^ Finding Home by Jim Daly with Bob DeMoss 2007, Cook Communications
  3. ^ a b c d Electa Draper, "Denver Post", June 13, 2009, "Source 5", July 29, 2011
  4. ^ a b c Jon Meacham and Sally Quinn, "The Washington Post", June 27, 2009, "Source 3", July 29, 2011
  5. ^ Marvin Olasky, "The Kings College Podcast", March 30, 2011, "Source 11 Archived 2011-07-09 at the Wayback Machine", July 29, 2011
  6. ^ a b Stephanie Simon, "The Wall Street Journal", February 5, 2010 "Source 14", July 29, 2011
  7. ^ David A. Graham, "Newsweek", December 9, 2010 "Source 15", July 29, 2011
  8. ^ Karen Tumulty and Nia-Malika-Henderson (June 2, 2011) "Republicans hope to spark political revival among evangelicals for 2012 race". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 29, 2011.
  9. ^ John Aloysius Farrell, "US News and World Report", July 1, 2009 "Source 16", July 29, 2011
  10. ^ a b J. Adrian Stanley, "Colorado Springs Independent", June 9–15, 2011, "Source 17", July 29, 2011
  11. ^ Adelle M. Banks, "Religion News Service", December 15, 2009. "Source 19", July 29, 2011
  12. ^ John Weiss, "Colorado Springs Independent", June 9–15, 2011, "Source 21", July 29, 2011
  13. ^ Andrea Stone, "aolnews", April 24, 2010, "Source 28 Archived 2011-01-30 at the Wayback Machine", July 29, 2011
  14. ^ Krista Tippett, "On Being" September 12, 2012 "Source 15" September 12, 2012
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-17. Retrieved 2014-06-24.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-17. Retrieved 2014-06-24.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)