James E. Ward Jr. is a pastor, author, visionary, and entrepreneur who has emerged as a mainstream, conscionable voice of spiritual and moral truth. James has affectionately become known as America’s Zero Victim Pastor and leading expert on the subject of Zero Victim thinking. Because of his unique Zero Victim, Biblical perspective, his involvement is highly sought after by corporate, government, and thought leaders, and on mainstream media outlets to mitigate the complex racial, cultural, and socio-political challenges of our day.
He is known for his keen insight on how to practically apply spiritual principles to peacefully resolve the growing social discord of intersectionality in society, organizations, and families. As a speaker, James emphasizes Christian character and leadership development. He is a strategist and advocate for holistic social renewal, reconciliation, and transformation. In his latest book, Zero Victim: Overcoming Injustice With a New Attitude, James presents a universal principle that equips individuals to succeed in every area of life—the development of a Zero Victim mindset.
Along with his wife Sharon, James is pastor and founder of INSIGHT Church near Chicago, Chairman/CEO of TLN Media, and founder of National Prayer Altar at Museum of the Bible—a call for Christ-followers to gather for apolitical national prayer in Washington D.C., to unite the Church and heal the land. James completed his undergraduate studies in music and business at DePaul University in Chicago, IL, and later received his Master of Divinity degree from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. James and Sharon have been married for twenty-three years and have two wonderful children serving in ministry with them, Hannah and Jonathan.
As a woman of faith and prayer, Sharon is known for breaking barriers in organizations, brokering successful business deals, managing operations, and setting new standards in her extensive involvement in spiritual and cultural initiatives. She is co-founder of National Prayer Altar at Museum of the Bible and founder of the Bella Grace Women’s Ministry.
Sharon’s passion in ministry has always been to love hurting people and care for those who are disadvantaged in life, by facilitating outreach ministries, foreign missions, and benevolent enterprises. Sharon openly admits that the most fulfilling part of her life is serving her husband, and modeling excellence to her two children, Hannah and Jonathan.