Dr. James Ford, Jr.



Dr. JAMES FORD JR, affectionately known as the Love Doctor because of his pragmatic, do-able advice on relationships and marriage.

Dr. Ford has released several books on his passionate and almost trademarked subjects, relationships, love and marriage.  Each of his books contains the wit and wisdom for which Dr.  Ford has become known.

He skillfully coaches the reader into the life and that every person longs for: love, joy, peace and fruitful relationships that reflect the awesome love of God.

An international conference speaker, seminar leader, Pastor Ford is also author of When a Man Loves A Woman, Seven Reasons Why God Created Marriage and When A Woman Loves A Man. All three books have companion activity books for small group study.

Pastor Ford, a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, is the senior pastor of Christ Bible Church of Chicago and president of Impact Ministries, an outreach ministry committed to strengthening families in the South Shore Community of Chicago.  He can be heard on Treasured Truth For Troubling Times, which is aired daily over WMBI AM-1110 and WMBI 90.1-FM, and over 160 WMBI syndicated and affiliate stations nationwide and 41 countries internationally. Pastor Ford received his Doctor of Divinity from St Thomas University in Jacksonville Florida. His books are translated into multiple languages and are currently in 14 countries. He is also featured weekly on Chicago Gospel Radio 1390 AM as the Love Doctor.

Pastor Ford and his wife Leslie have been married 43 years and have three sons and nine grandchildren. They’ve served 34 years in ministry…so far!

Pastor Ford is especially burdened for Christian marriages and has a strong desire to help believers see marriage blessed as God intended. He is above all else a lover of Jesus Christ, submitted to His Lordship.

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Have you been praying for a mate? Are you newly engaged? Have you recently embarked upon the journey of marriage with the love of your life?

Marriage is a wonderful thing and it is without question a part of God’s plan for many. So what is this thing called marriage, and what are some of the foundational things you need to know as you anticipate growing old with your mate?

In Seven Reasons Why God Created Marriage, Pastor James Ford, a seasoned marriage counselor, walks readers through the Bible and shows them seven purposes for which God created marriage. This exploration will reveal timeless truths upon which readers—whether engaged or newly married—can build a solid foundation and strengthen the pillars of their marriage, reaping the benefits God intended along the way.

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The woman was not taken from the man’s head to be over him, nor from his feet to be walked on by him, but from his side to be his closest companion, from under his arm to be protected by him, and near his heart to be loved by him”.

Just like the rib cage protects the hearts vital organs, the woman was created by God to protect, encourage, and love her husband, her God-given rib.

In When a Woman Loves a Man, pastor James Ford explains the significance of God taking the woman out of the man’s side and placing her in a position to walk alongside of him as his helpmate, lover, and emotional protector.

This book is written for women who are either engaged or married and who want to know how to Biblically and practically express love to her man the way God intended.

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We have to do what’s necessary on the front end of a relationship to achieve what we want on the backend of that relationship. And what do we want? Peace. Unity. Joy. Endurance – until God calls us home.

Your body language says more than you know, your tone of voice is telling the untold truth and your facial expressions answer questions you weren’t even asked.

This book by Dr. James Ford, Jr. will not only tell you how to ask someone to marry you. THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT teaches us to apply basic principles in communication, affection, and trust. Dr. Ford also explains the difference between attraction and attachment, submission and subjection, and assertiveness and assumptions. Dr. Ford states, “You must do what is necessary on the front end of a relationship to get what you want on the back end of the relationship.” You must apply THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT to ascertain the quality of it.

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A lifelong marriage is rare in our day of fleeting relationships and broken families. But James Ford Jr. shows men that lasting love is possible by living according to God’s Word and loving God’s way.

Drawing from Scripture, Pastor Ford reflects on how one man, Jacob, loved his woman, and how Jacob’s example teaches today’s men these must-have romance skills:

  • Meeting your wife’s spiritual, emotional, and social needs
  • Protecting and cherishing your wife
  • Celebrating the God-given differences between you and your wife

Blessed with more than 40 years of marriage, Pastor Ford writes to all men—whether single, engaged, or married—who want to make their future or existing marriage as meaningful and satisfying as God intended it to be.