Pastor Gordon MacDonald has served as interim president of Denver Seminary (2008-2009) and is currently serving as Chancellor. He is an author, speaker, and teacher, and was a pastor for more than 40 years, serving most recently as the senior minister at Grace Chapel, Lexington, Massachusetts. When he stepped down from that position, the Grace Chapel congregation honored him with the title of Pastor Emeritus. Other pastorates included New York City, southern Illinois, and Kansas. Gordon MacDonald was also president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for three years.
Pastor MacDonald's academic background includes a BA from the University of Colorado (1962), and a MDiv from Denver Seminary (1966). Barrington College (which later merged with Gordon College) awarded him an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree in 1979. He has written more than 12 books and co-authored others with his wife, Gail. Perhaps his best known book has been Ordering Your Private World which won the Gold Medallion and the Platinum Awards from the Evangelical Christian Publishing Association. There are almost 1.5 million copies of this book in print, and it has been translated into a dozen languages. Among his other books are Secrets of a Generous Life, Renewing Your Spiritual Passion, and Mid-Course Correction. He writes regularly for Leadership Journal and also writes a column which appears on the LeadershipJournal.net website. A Resilient Life, (now also in German, Korean, Dutch, French, and other languages) was released in early 2005. MacDonald's book, Who Stole My Church?, was nominated as a finalist for The Christian Book Award by the Evangelical Christian Press Association and received a starred review from Publishers' Weekly. MacDonald serves as editor-at-large with Leadership Journal, a publication of Christianity Today, Inc. Until September of 2007, he was the chairman of the board of World Relief Corporation, an NAE-associated relief and development organization committed to the alleviation of suffering and poverty in the areas of HIV/AIDS, micro-enterprise development, refugee resettlement, and disaster assistance. He also speaks frequently at conferences for the Willow Creek Association, both in the United States and in other parts of the world. Privately, he engages with company leaders as an executive coach.
Gordon and Gail MacDonald, married 49 years, live on an old farm they call Peace Ledge in Canterbury, New Hampshire. Their great satisfaction is in their two married children and five grandchildren. The MacDonalds are also hikers, bikers, kayakers, and voracious readers.