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James L. Wilson

James L. Wilson

Director, Doctor of Ministry Program | Distinguished Professor of Leadership Formationoffice: 909-687-1607

Jim Wilson started preaching when he was 17, became a pastor when he was 18 and served as a full-time pastor until he became a professor.  Today, he is Professor of Leadership Formation and the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Gateway Seminary where he has served since 2006. 

Dr. Wilson continues to serve the local church as a Teaching Pastor of Lakeshore City Church in Corona, CA  In addition, he is speaks at conferences, seminars, retreats and in other local churches.

Wilson is an award winning writer with hundreds of  pieces in print and the author, co-author or contributor of many books. Zondervan Academic, Broadman & Holman,  Lexham Press, Serendipity House, LifeWay, Weaver Book Company, Standard Publishing, and Tyndale House have published his work.  

His recent books include, Illustrating Well: Preaching Sermons that ConnectA Guide To Theological Reflection.  Impact Preaching: A Case for the One-Point Expository SermonPastoral Ministry in the Real World, and 300 illustrations for Preachers. 

His sermons and sermon illustrations appear in WordSearchAccordance and Logos Bible Software and on FreshMinistry.org.

Jim and his wife Susan have two sons, two daughters-in-law and four grandchildren.

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Degrees & Accolades

D.Min. Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary
M.Div. Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary
B.A. Wayland Baptist University