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Pastor James Ford Jr. has served as Senior Pastor of Christ Bible Church of Chicago (formerly South Shore Baptist Church), located on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, for 41 years.  

Pastor Ford is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and completed his Masters degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  Pastor Ford has served on several boards, including the Baptist General Conference's Board of World Missions and the Board of Overseers, Board of Directors of the Ada S. McKinley Special Educational Services, Board of Directors of Fellowship Christian Academy, and the Alumni Board of Moody Bible Institute.

Pastor Ford is the senior pastor of Christ Bible Church of Chicago as well as the president of Impact Ministries, which is an outreach ministry of Christ Bible Church committed to strengthening families in the South Shore Community of Chicago.  Pastor Ford provides the messages of Impact Ministries' radio broadcast “Treasured Truth For Troubling Times, which is aired daily over WMBI 90.1-FM, as well as over 160 WMBI syndicate and affiliate stations nationwide and in some U.S. territories.  

Pastor Ford is an international conference speaker, seminar leader, and Bible teacher. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at Moody Bible Institute, an instructor for the Pacific Garden Mission’s Bible program in Chicago, Illinois and is a special instructor at the Ecola Bible School in Cannon Beach, Oregon. He has been a speaker at Moody Bible Institute’s annual Founder’s Week and has taught many courses in the Greater New Era District’s Bible program.

Pastor Ford has been honored as “Pastor of the Year (1993) by Moody Bible Institute and was bestowed an honorary Doctorate of Divinity by St. Thomas Christian University of Jacksonville, Florida.  He has been lauded as an influential leader in the Christian community by “The Chicago People’s Voice” newspaper and “Man of the Year” by the Chicago Bible Association.

As an author, Pastor Ford is a contributor in the book "A Heart For the City", published by Moody Press. He has authored 7 books:“When a Man Loves A Woman”; “Seven Reasons Why God Created Marriage”; “When A Woman Loves A Man”; "Living The Blessed Life"; “A New Look At An Old Prayer”; “Rules of Engagement” ; and “What To Do When The Devil Talks To You”.

JFJ Ministries is an excellent source for even more of Pastor Ford's teachings!