Jim Gettel serves as the Canon for Congregational Life for the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan, helping ordained and lay Christian leaders to follow Jesus and lead loving communities that make a difference in the world. He helps congregational leaders with church health and growth, leadership development and clergy transitions.
Previous church work includes serving as Canon to the Ordinary and Missioner for Congregational Development for the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee, as a consultant with Middle Voice Consulting to churches in seven dioceses, and as co-founder of Our Next Generation, a faith-based nonprofit that helps inner city children.
As Jim helps other leaders, he draws on his broad secular experience in entrepreneurship, organizational development, and leadership. Professionally, Jim helped successfully start, establish and manage two staffing companies with over 1,000 employees, an investment banking practice for one of the largest CPA and consulting firms in the country, and a commercial finance practice for one of the largest law firms in the country.
Jim received his BA in philosophy from Northwestern University and his JD and MBA degrees from the University of Illinois. In addition to Where Jesus Leads: Helping Christian Communities to Follow, he has published two other books: God’s Love, Human Freedom, and Christian Faith, and The Fundamental Reform of Philosophy.