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Dr. Gordon MacDonald

Dr. Gordon MacDonald serves as chancellor of Denver Seminary. He is an author, speaker, and teacher.  “I am in that stage of life,” he says, “when I feel the call to be a spiritual father to a younger generation.”


MacDonald was a pastor for more than forty years, 21 of those years at Grace Chapel, Lexington, Massachusetts.   He also led other congregations in New York City, Southern Illinois and Kansas.  For three years MacDonald was president of Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship.  In 2008/09 he served as the Interim President of Denver Seminary.


Gordon MacDonald has written 20 books and co-authored others with his wife, Gail.  Perhaps his best known title has been Ordering Your Private World which won the Gold Medallion  and the Platinum Awards from the Evangelical Christian Publishing Association.  There are almost a million and a half copies of this book in print, and it has been translated into a dozen or more languages.   Among his other books are Secrets of a Generous Life (Published by Tyndale, Fall 2002), The Life God Blesses, Renewing Your Spiritual Passion, When Men Think Private Thoughts and Mid-Course Correction.  A revision of Ordering Your Private World  was released in January ’03.  He writes regularly for each addition of Leadership Journal and also writes a monthly column  which appears on the LeadershipJournal.net website.  A Resilient Life, (now also in German, Korean, and Dutch) was released in early 2005  MacDonald’s most recent books are Who Stole My Church, (Jan, 2008) and Building Below the Waterline (May 2011). Going Deeper, was released in the fall of 2011.  A new book, BeScrooged, co-written with his son, Mark, was published in December, 2015.


MacDonald is a former Chairman (not president) of the Board of World Relief Corporation, an NAE-associated relief and development organization.  He also speaks frequently at pastors and leadership both in the US and in other parts of the world.   Privately, he engages with company leaders as an executive coach.


MacDonald’s academic background includes a prep school graduation from the Stony Brook School, a B.A. from the University of Colorado (’62), and a M. Div from Denver Seminary.  In 2011, Denver Seminary awarded him an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree.


Fifty-five years married, Gordon and Gail MacDonald live in Concord, New Hampshire.  Their greatest delight is in their two married children and five grandchildren.  Beyond that the MacDonalds are hikers, bikers, kayakers, picture-takers and vigorous readers.

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