John Ortberg is a pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California. He is the bestselling author of many books including:
- Faith & Doubt
- When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box
- God Is Closer Than You Think
- The Life You’ve Always Wanted
- Everybody’s Normal Till You Get to Know Them
- If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat
- Love Beyond Reason
and the multimedia curriculum Old Testament Challenge.
Born and raised in Rockford, Illinois, John graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in psychology. He holds a Master of Divinity and doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Fuller Seminary, and has done post-graduate work at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Prior to joining MPPC, John served as teaching pastor at Chicago’s Willow Creek Community Church.
John is a member of the Board of Trustees at Fuller Seminary, where he has also served as an adjunct faculty member. He is on the board for the Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation, and has served on the board of Christianity Today International.
He and his wife, Nancy, have three children.