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Half the Church

Recapturing God's Global Vision for Women

Carolyn Custis James (M.A. in Biblical Studies) is an evangelical thinker who loves God enough to break the rules—rules of cultural convention which attempt to domesticate the gospel message of the Bible. Carolyn is president WhitbyForum, a ministry 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.

She is also founder and president of the Synergy Women’s Network, Inc.—a national organization for women emerging or engaged in ministry leadership. The Synergy Women’s Network sponsors annual Synergy conferences.

Carolyn's books have been described as "provocative," "honest," and "deeply moving."

  • When Life and Beliefs Collide: How Knowing God Makes a Difference
    (Zondervan, 2001)
  • Lost Women of the Bible: The Women We Thought We Knew
    (Zondervan, 2005)
  • Understanding Purpose (Thomas Nelson, 2006)
  • The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the Rules
    (Zondervan, 2008)
  • Half the Church: Recapturing God’s Global Vision for Women (Zondervan, 2011)
  • Malestrom: Manhood Swept Into the Currents of a Changing World (Zondervan, 2015)

Carolyn serves as consulting editor for Zondervan's Exegetical Commentary Series on the New Testament; a regular columnist for FullFill Magazine; contributing editor for Leadership Journal; and an advisory council member for Gifted for Leadership. 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. 

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 Provost and Professor of Historical Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. They live in Boxford, Massachusetts. Their adult daughter Allison is an artist and lives in Orlando, Florida.