Gordon MacDonald Biography

Gordon and Gail MacDonald

Gordon MacDonald has been the Interim President of Denver Seminary (2008/2009) as well as an author, speaker, and teacher. He was a pastor for more than forty years, most recently the senior minister at Grace Chapel, Lexington, Massachusetts. When he stepped down from that position, the Grace Chapel congregation honored him with the title, Pastor Emeritus. Other pastorates were in New York City, Southern Illinois and Kansas. For three years MacDonald was president of Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship. Gordon has written more than a dozen 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 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 “A Resilient Lfe,” and “Who Stole My Church?” which was a nominee for the Gold Medallion award and also won Christianity Today’s recognition as book of the year in the church category.

Gail MacDonald is an author, a speaker, and a counselor to women who live with leadership responsibility. Whether alone or with her husband, Gordon, Gail usually speaks to the issues of human relationships, spiritual disciplines, and leadership dynamics.   Born in Illinois and educated at the University of Denver, Gail has spent nearly forty-two years alongside of her husband who was the pastor of four congregations. The first church the MacDonald’s led was located in the prairies of Western Kansas (ranching country) where they lived seven miles from the nearest paved road and twenty-five miles from the nearest town. In two of their other churches, the MacDonalds lived in suburban America, their longest ministry with the people of Grace Chapel, Lexington, Massachusetts. Finally, the MacDonalds lived in the heart of New York City where—far from the “wild west,” they experienced urban life at its best. Her most recent books are: In His Everlasting Arms (Servant), The Heart of the Master (co-authored with Gordon, Servant), and High Call; High Privilege (Hendrickson).

The MacDonalds live on an old farm they call Peace Ledge in Canterbury, N.H.  Married 46 years, the MacDonalds greatest enjoyment is in their two married children and five grandchildren. Beyond that the MacDonalds are hikers, bikers, skiers, and voracious readers.