Bob Whitesel

Bob Whitesel (D.Min., Ph.D., is professor of missional leadership and founding professor of the fastest growing seminary in North America: Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University (

He is a sought after speaker, church growth consultant and award-winning writer on missional leadership, church change and church growth; who has been called by a national magazine: “the key spokesperson on change theory in the church today.”

He holds two earned doctorates (D.Min. and Ph.D.) from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA where he was awarded “The Donald McGavran Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Church Growth.”

His 13 nationally-published books include “ORGANIX: Signs of leadership in a Changing Church” (2011) which describes leadership changes churches must embrace to grow in the 21st-century.  This book was called by Scott Thumma of Hartford Institute for Religion Research “a wake-up call and transformational challenge for all those clergy still embracing a ‘modern’ approach to congregational leadership. Whitesel offers an insightful and well-researched recipe for the cultivation of authentic, organic leadership for this new reality.”

Another book “Cure for the Common Church: God’s Plan for Church Health” was praised by Ed Stetzer as an “immensely practical book that will give you needed tools to lead a church through a revitalization journey.” It shows shows churches how to change in the four areas that lead to health. “

The Healthy Church” (2014) describes leadership exercises for maintaining health.

And Dr. Whitesel’s 2016 book from Abingdon Press helps organizations become more multi-cultural, is cowritten with Mark DeYmaz and is titled “reMIX: Transitioning Your Church Living Color (2016).”

Professor B, as his students call him, was also inducted into the first class of academic “Fellows” of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College, IL.

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