J.D. Greear is the pastor of The Summit Church—a dynamic, multi-campus church located in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. God has blessed The Summit Church with tremendous growth. Under J.D.’s leadership, the Summit has grown from a plateaued church of 300 to one of nearly 10,000, making it one of Outreach magazine’s “top 25 fastest-growing churches in America” for many years running. J.D. has also led the Summit to further the kingdom of God by pursuing a bold vision to plant 1,000 new churches by the year 2050. In the last 10 years, the church has sent out more than 650 people to plant churches across the country and around the world.
In June 2018, J.D. was elected Southern Baptist Convention president during the annual meeting in Dallas, Texas. Baptist Press News reported, “At a press conference following his election, Greear said his priorities as president will include Gospel focus, diversity, evangelism, church planting, collegiate ministry and engaging younger Baptists in the SBC’s cooperative mission.”
J.D. completed his Ph.D. in Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where he is also a faculty member, writing on the correlations between early church presentations of the gospel and Islamic theology. Having lived and served with the SBC’s International Mission Board among Muslims, he has a burden to see peoples from every nation on earth come to know and love the salvation of God in Christ.
J.D. is also the author of several books, including Not God Enough: Why Your Small God Leads to Big Problems, Gaining by Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches That Send, Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary, Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved, and Jesus, Continued: Why the Spirit Inside You Is Better Than Jesus Beside You.
He and his wife, Veronica, live in Raleigh and are raising four awesome kids: Kharis, Alethia, Ryah, and Adon.
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