Ed Stetzer, PhD

Affiliate Professor of Research and Missional Ministry


BS, Shorter College
MAR, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary
DMin, Beeson Divinity School
MDiv, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Dr. Stetzer has planted churches in New York, Pennsylvania, and Georgia and transitioned declining churches in Indiana and Georgia. He has trained pastors and church planters on five continents and has written dozens of articles and books. For three years, Dr. Stetzer was a professor at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the director of Lifeway Research and Lifeway’s Missiologist in Residence.

Selected Publications

Planting New Churches in a Postmodern Age (2003)

Perimeters of Light: Biblical Boundaries for the Emerging Church (with Elmer Towns, 2004) 

Strategic Outreach (with Eric Ramsey, 2005) 

Breaking the Missional Code (with David Putman, 2006) 

Planting Missional Churches (2006) 

Comeback Churches (with Mike Dodson, 2007)

11 Innovations in the Local Church (with Elmer Towns and Warren Bird, 2007) 

Contributor, The Mission of Today’s Church (2007)