Carolyn Custis James (BA in Sociology, MA in Biblical Studies) is an award winning author who thinks deeply about what it means to be a female follower of Jesus in a postmodern world. As a cancer survivor, she is grateful to be alive and determined to address the issues that matter most.
She blogs at Missio Alliance as a Leading Voice and at Huffington Post/Religion. Her speaking and writing ministry is dedicated to addressing the deeper needs which confront both women and men as they endeavor to extend God’s kingdom together in a messy and complicated world.
Carolyn’s books have been described as “provocative,” “honest,”” and “ground-breaking.”
- Malestrom: Manhood Swept into the Currents of a Changing World(Zondervan, 2015)>
***Christianity Today 2016 Book of the Year
***Missio Alliance—Best 10 Books of 2015***
- Half the Church: Recapturing God’s Global Vision for Women(Zondervan, 2011)
***2012 Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year ***
- The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the Rules
- Lost Women of the Bible: The Women We Thought We Knew
- When Life and Beliefs Collide: How Knowing God Makes a Difference
- Understanding Purpose (Nelson, 2006)
Carolyn is an adjunct faculty member at BTS (Biblical Theological Seminary) in Pennsylvania, a consulting editor for Zondervan’s Exegetical Commentary Series on the New Testament, and a contributing editor for Leadership Journal. In 2013, Christianity Today named her one of the 50 evangelical women to watch. She speaks regularly at church conferences, colleges and other Christian organizations both in the US and abroad and is a visiting lecturer at various theological seminaries.
She is founder and president emerita of the Synergy Women’s Network, Inc.—a national organization for women emerging or engaged in ministry leadership. In 2015 Synergy became part of Missio Alliance.
In 2016, she joined the Board of Advisors at the Institute of Bible Reading.
A pastor’s daughter, Carolyn grew up in Portland, Oregon. During the years between seminary and her present ministries, she had her own business as a computer software developer in Oxford, England. Her husband Frank is President and Professor of Historical Theology at BTS.
Carolyn and Frank live in Sellersville, Pennsylvania. They have one adult daughter. She and her husband and two adorable grand-ezers live in Florida.