John Ortberg is a pastor, author, and speaker. He’s been in ministry for over 40 years and teaches around a central theme of spiritual formation. John is a deep believer that the main thing God gets out of your life is the person you become. He desires for people to know God in an interactive, life- transforming way.  So he began a new ministry, Become New,  focused on helping people grow spiritually one day at a time through daily teaching and community.

John Ortberg was born in Rockford, Illinois. He earned his undergraduate degree from Wheaton College, and his M.Div. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He has also studied at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. From 1985 to 1990 he served as senior pastor at Simi Valley Community Church, and then from 1990 to 1994 at Horizons Community Church (now Baseline Community Church) in Claremont, California. He then moved from California to Illinois to serve as a teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois until 2003, when he became the senior pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, a multi-campus church in Northern California. 

John has been a speaker at many events including: Promise Keepers, Global Leadership Summit, Catalyst, The Apprentice Gathering and Practicing the Way. He has authored many books, including The Life You Always Wanted, and Soul Keeping

Experience With Dallas

After reading The Spirit of the Disciplines in the late 1980s, John wrote Dallas a letter and the response was an invitation to Dallas's house since they lived in neighboring communities. The friendship grew to a ministry partnership with multiple shared speaking engagements, video curriculum for small groups, and the book Living in Christ's Presence that was produced from John and Dallas's final conference together.


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A central theme of John’s teaching is spiritual formation, the transforming of human character through authentic experiences with God.  John draws much of his inspiration from Dallas.