Ministerial Vitae Of


 Pastor James Ford Jr. and his wife Leslie have been serving the Lord at Christ Bible Church of Chicago (formerly South Shore Baptist Church), located on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, for 35 years. They have been married 45 years and have three sons, James III (Tenille), Nathaniel (who went home to be with the Lord November 26, 1999) and Jonathan (MeShanda). They also have nine grandchildren.

Pastor Ford is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and completed his Master’s degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Pastor Ford has served on several boards, including the Baptist General Conference’s Board of World Missions and the Board of Overseers, Board of Directors of the Ada S. McKinley Special Educational Services, Board of Directors of Fellowship Christian Academy, and the Alumni Board of Moody Bible Institute.

Pastor Ford is the senior pastor of Christ Bible Church of Chicago as well as the president of Impact Ministries, which is an outreach ministry of Christ Bible Church committed to strengthening families in the South Shore Community of Chicago. Pastor Ford provides the messages of Impact Ministries’ radio broadcast “Treasured Truth For Troubling Times, which is aired daily over WMBI 90.1-FM, as well as over 160 WMBI syndicate and affiliate stations nationwide and in some U.S. territories. He is featured once a week on WGCI Gospel Radio 1390 AM in a segment entitled “Relation-Tips For Your Relationship”.

Pastor Ford is an international conference speaker, seminar leader, and Bible teacher. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at Moody Bible Institute, an instructor for the Pacific Garden Mission’s Bible program in Chicago, Illinois and is a special instructor at the Ecola Bible School in Cannon Beach, Oregon. He has been a speaker at Moody Bible Institute’s annual Founder’s Week and has taught many courses in the Greater New Era District’s Bible program

Pastor Ford has been honored as “Pastor of the Year (1993) by Moody Bible Institute and was bestowed an honorary Doctorate of Divinity by St. Thomas Christian University of Jacksonville, Florida. He has been lauded as an influential leader in the Christian community by “The Chicago People’s Voice” newspaper and “Man of the Year” by the Chicago Bible Association.

As an author, Pastor Ford is a contributor in the book “AHeart For the City”, published by Moody Press. His first book “When a Man Loves A Woman” was published in July 2004. His second book “Seven Reasons Why God Created Marriage” was released in October 2009. His third book, “When A Woman Loves A Man” was released in March of 2011. His fourth book, “Living The Blessed Life” was released in February of 2015. His fifth book “Rules of Engagement released in Feb 2016″ and his 6th book “A New Look at an Old Prayer” released in December 2016

Pastor Ford has a very strong passion for building up the body of Christ through the expository preaching and teaching of the Word of God (Col. 1:28). He is especially burdened for Christian marriages and has a strong desire to help believers see marriage as God intended. Of all the accolades and titles bestowed on him, he most cherishes being known as a committed servant of the Lord Jesus Christ and a committed husband to the “love of his life” Leslie.




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