James MacDonald is married to his high school sweetheart and strong partner in ministry, Kathy. Both are from Ontario, Canada and now call Chicagoland home.

He is the founder and Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel which began in 1988 with 18 people and now welcomes 13,000 people to its seven Chicago-area campuses each week. Additionally, James has authored several books and Bible studies, including: Act Like Men; Vertical Church; Lord, Change Me; Lord, Change My Attitude; When Life is Hard; Always True; and most recently, The Will of God IS the Word of God.