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John Ortberg Born May 5, 1957 (1957-05-05) (age 53) Rockford, Illinois Occupation Theologian, Author, Minister Nationality American Subjects Leadership, Theology Spouse(s) Nancy Ortberg John Ortberg, Jr. (born May 5, 1957, Rockford, Illinois) is an evangelical Christian author, speaker, and senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church[1] in Menlo Park, California, an evangelical church with more than 4,000 members. Ortberg has published many books including the 2008 ECPA Christian Book Award winner When the Game is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box,[2] and the 2002 Christianity Today Book Award winner If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat.[3] Another of his publications, The Life You've Always Wanted, has sold more than 500,000 copies as of 2008.[4] Contents 1 Background 2 Teachings 3 Speaking 4 Bibliography 5 See also 6 References 7 External links // Background Ortberg 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. He then moved from California to Illinois to serve as a teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church until 2003, when he assumed his current role at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, a multi-campus church in Northern California.[5] Teachings A central theme of his teaching and books is spiritual formation, the transforming of human character through authentic experiences with God. Ortberg argues that the desire for comfort and security often stands in the way of an authentic relationship with God — when people place too high a value on being secure and comfortable they may be reluctant to make the sacrifices God asks of them.[6] Ortberg has warned against the societal pressures which tell people that bigger is always better, saying "I think for all of us, whatever your ministry or job, bigness will never satisfy the call."[7] In his books he has described his own desire for importance and success, and how achieving them did not ultimately bring him happiness.[8] "Your cravings," according to Orberg, "if you could get to the bottom of them, are for the eternal."[9] Speaking Ortberg has been a featured speaker at many events, including Promise Keepers 2006 Conferences[10] Westmont College (2007 commencement speaker)[11] 2008 Global Leadership Summit[12] Bibliography Grace: An Invitation to a Way of Life. (Zondervan, September 2000) (with Laurie Pederson and Judson Poling) ISBN 9780310220749 If You Want To Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat. Zondervan, 2001 ISBN 9780310228639 Love Beyond Reason. Zondervan, 2001 ISBN 9780310234494 The Life You've Always Wanted. Zondervan, 2002 ISBN 9780310246954 Everybody's Normal Till You Get To Know Them. Zondervan, 2003 ISBN 9780310228646 Living the God Life: Finding God's Extraordinary Love in Your Ordinary Life. Inspirio, 2004, ISBN 9780310801955 God Is Closer Than You Think: If God is Always with Us, why is He So Hard to Find? Zondervan, 2005 ISBN 9780310253495 Now What? God's Guide to Life for Graduates: God's Guide to Life for Graduates. Zondervan, 2005 ISBN 9780310802822 When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box. Zondervan, 2007 ISBN 9780310253501 The Me I Want To Be: Becoming God's Best Version of You. Zondervan, 2010 ISBN 9780310275923 See also Menlo Park Presbyterian Church Willow Creek Community Church References ^ "Pastors and Ministers". Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. Retrieved January 9, 2009.  ^ "2008 Christian Book Awards Winners - Christian Life category". Retrieved 2009-10-20.  ^ "The Dick Staub Interview: John Ortberg's Freak Show". Christianity Today. May 1, 2003. Retrieved January 9, 2009.  ^ "Gold / Platinum / Diamond Book Awards Winners". Retrieved 2009-10-20.  ^ " John's Bio". Retrieved 2009-10-20. [dead link] ^ Duduit, Michael. "Preaching Through Their Defenses: An Interview with John Ortberg". Preaching. Retrieved January 9, 2009.  ^ "Good Drive, Bad Drive". Ministry Mentor. November, 2005. Retrieved January 9, 2009.  ^ Creel, Colin (2005). Perspectives: A Spiritual Life Guide for Twentysomethings. Relevant Media Group. pp. 137–138. ISBN 9780976035787.  ^ Trueheart, Charles (August, 1996). "Welcome to the Next Church". The Atlantic: pp. 37–58. Retrieved January 9, 2009.  ^ Lee, Courtney (March 8, 2006). "Promise Keepers Announces Keynote Speaker for 2006 Conferences". Christian Today. Retrieved January 9, 2009.  ^ Doane, Guillaume (May 3, 2007). "Westmont Graduation to Honor Students, Mark Departure of Outgoing President". Montecito Journal. Retrieved January 9, 2009.  ^ "GLS Speakers". The Global Leadership Summit India. Retrieved January 9, 2009.  External links Official Site Persondata Name Ortberg, John Alternative names Short description Date of birth May 5, 1957 Place of birth Rockford, Illinois Date of death Place of death