Maxie D. Dunnam is President Emeritus of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, where he served from 1994 to 2004. Widely known as an evangelist, leader, and pioneer in small-group ministries, he organized and pastored three United Methodist churches before becoming the world editor of the Upper Room Fellowship. He created the Upper Room Cursillo that later became the Walk to Emmaus.
Dunnam served twelve fruitful years as senior minister of the six-thousand-member Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee from 1982 to 1994. His tenure at Christ Church was marked by a commitment to evangelism, inner-city ministries, housing for the working poor, outreach to the recovering community, and innovative worship.
Dunnam’s extensive pastoral experience includes church planting, rural churches, and suburban and regional congregations in Mississippi, Georgia, California, and Tennessee. He has served as president of the World Methodist Council and is currently on its Executive Committee. He also served as chairman of the World Methodist Evangelism Committee. He is a director of the Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church and a member of the University Senate of the United Methodist Church. He is recognized throughout Methodism for his commitment to evangelism and renewal.
In 1989 he was inducted into the Foundation for Evangelism’s Hall of Fame. In 1992, he was awarded the Chair of Distinction by the World Methodist Council and the following year received the Philip Award for Distinguished Service in Evangelism.
Dr. Dunnam has authored more than forty books, most notably The Workbook of Living Prayer, which has sold over one million copies, Alive in Christ, This Is Christianity, and two volumes in The Communicator’s Commentary series. His most recent work is The Workbook on Abiding in Christ. He is also well-known for his pioneering radio series “Perceptions.” Dunnam is one of the founders and leaders of the Confessing Movement within the United Methodist Church and in 2009 he founded Kingdom Catalysts, an independent leadership development ministry that partners with Next Step in a variety of ministries including the Matrix Connexion Project and Making Life Matter. Most recently Dunnam has returned to Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis to serve as Senior Pastor Emeritus and Executive Director of Christ Church Global as well as co-host/executive producer of the radio show Making Life Matter.