Greg Ogden, Author, Husband and Speaker



Greg Ogden has recently “retired” or better yet “redeployed” (as of March, 2012) from professional church leadership. He now lives out his passion of speaking, teaching, and writing about the disciple-making mission of the church. Most recently Greg served as Executive Pastor of Discipleship at Christ Church of Oak Brook, IL. in the Chicago western suburbs. From 1998-2002, Greg held the position of Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Fuller Theological Seminary and Associate Professor of Lay Equipping and Discipleship. Prior to coming to Fuller, Greg enjoyed 24 years in pastoral ministry, primarily within Presbyterian churches, but most recently as Senior Pastor at the Saratoga Federated Church in the Silicon Valley, California.

He is the author of five books: Unfinished Business: Returning the Ministry to the People of God (Zondervan, 2003), Discipleship Essentials: A Guide to Building Your Life in Christ (InterVarsity Press, 1998, rereleased in 2007), Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples a Few at a Time (Intervarsity Press, 2003); with co-author, Daniel Meyer, Leadership Essentials: Shaping Vision, Multiplying Influence, Defining Character (InterVarsity Press, 2007) and finally, The Essential Commandment: A Guide to Loving God and Others (InterVarsity Press, October, 2011). He is pleased to have been married to Lily for 43 years and has one married daughter who with her husband are practicing pediatricians in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Ogdens are now “obnoxious” grandparents to their almost 6 year granddaughter, Claire and a 3 year old grandson, Dylan. (Pictures available upon request.)

For future speaking invitations Greg can be reached at or by his cell phone: 630.863.2772.