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Ed Stetzer

American writer
The basics
Date of birth Long Island, New York, U.S.A.
Education Shorter University, Liberty University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Samford University
The details

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, church planting, church revitalization, and Christian cultural engagement.


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

Stetzer is Executive Director of LifeWay Research, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources and LifeWay's Missiologist in Residence. 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 many articles and books.

Stetzer currently serves as Senior Fellow of Wheaton College's Billy Graham Center, Visiting Professor of Research and Missiology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Visiting Research Professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has taught at many other colleges and seminaries.

Stetzer is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach magazine, and is frequently 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 is Executive Editor of Facts & Trends Magazine, a Christian leadership magazine circulated to over 70,000 individuals each month.

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

He currently resides in Hendersonville, Tennessee and also serves as a pastor of Grace Church in Hendersonville, a congregation he planted in 2011.

Missions consulting

Dr. Ed Stetzer is primarily known around the world for his expertise in missiology, and writes and speaks on cultural engagement, church planting and revitalization. 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.

Published books

Stetzer's book publications include:


About Ed Stetzer

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