James Spencer, PhD

James Spencer is a theologian and Christian leader who helps individuals and organizations ask and answer the necessary questions so that they can move from where they are to where God desires them to be.  

James earned his PhD in Theological Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and served as an administrator and leader in Christian higher education overseeing education marketing and finance, instructional design, part- and full-time faculty, call center operations, and program design and development.  He continues to consult with Christian colleges and seminaries, as well as non-profit organizations to help them build stronger organizational capacity, design strategic products and programs, and improve marketing, recruitment, and enrollment efforts.  

He currently serves as President of D. L. Moody Center, an independent non-profit organization inspired by the life and ministry of Dwight Moody and dedicated to proclaiming the gospel and challenging God’s people to follow Jesus.  In addition, he leads the Shine Bright Project which seeks to mobilize God’s people to be and make disciples.  

James is the author of Useful to God: Eight Lessons from the Life of D. L. MoodyThinking Christian: Essays on Testimony, Accountability, and the Christian Mind, and co-author Trajectories: A Gospel-Centered Introduction to Old Testament Theology.  James contributed to The Moody Bible CommentaryThe Moody Encyclopedia of Messianic Prophecy, and Marriage: Its Foundation, Theology, and Mission in a Changing World.   He has also published several opinion pieces with media outlets such as The Western Journal, Christian Post, TownHall, Charisma Magazine, and The Stream.

James is also a regular instructor for Right On Mission where he teaches courses including Developing the Christian Mind, Prophets and Whistleblowers, Secular Ideologies, Cultural Maturity, Civility and Incivility, and Biblical Interpretation.

James and his wife Kim have been married since 1999 and have three children. He enjoys weight training, running obstacle course races, and reading in his spare time. You can learn more about James at his website jamesgspencer.com.