About

 

Skye Jethani is an author, speaker, consultant and ordained pastor. He also serves as the co-host of the popular Phil Vischer Podcast, a weekly show that blends astute cultural and theological insights with comical conversation. Between 2004 and 2015, Skye occupied numerous roles at Christianity Today, a leading communications ministry launched by Billy Graham. He served as both the managing and senior editor of Leadership Journal and as the Director of Mission Advancement for CT. He was also the senior producer of This Is Our City, a multi-year, multi-city project telling the stories of Christians working for the common good of their communities.

Skye has been a sought after consultant for groups facing challenges at the intersection of faith and culture like The Lausanne MovementThe White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and theInterfaith Youth Core. Apart from Christianity Today‘s magazines and websites, Skye has also written for The Washington Post‘s “On Faith” column, RelevantChurchLeaders.com, and he is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Skye is frequently featured on radio programs around the country including Moody Radio’s Midday Connection, WORDfm in Pittsburgh, Chicago Public Radio’s Vocolo, and 180 with Karl Clauson on 1160am in Chicago.

Prior to his roles with Christianity Today, Skye served for six years in full-time pastoral ministry at Blanchard Alliance Church in Wheaton, Illinois, as a teaching pastor. He is a “Featured Preacher” on PreachingToday.com, and Skye speaks regularly at churches, conferences, colleges, and retreats both in the U.S. and internationally. He has been invited to speak at events including QCatalystNewsong ChurchMars Hill Bible ChurchFellowship Missionary Baptist Church, and the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel. In recent years he has preached at both megachurches and led small workshops on topics including faith and consumerism, leadership, interfaith cooperation, spiritual formation, global mission, church trends, Christianity and politics, biblical justice, faith and vocation, and Common Good Christianity.

Skye has authored numerous books including:

The Divine Commodity: Discovering a Faith Beyond Consumer Christianity (2009)

WITH: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God (2011)

Futureville: Discover Your Purpose for Today by Reimagining Tomorrow (2014)

How Churches Became Cruise Ships: A Survival Guide for the Seasick Christian (2015)

Singing at Midnight: Following Jesus from the Garden, to the Grave, and into Glory (2016)

The Voting Booth: A New Vision for Christian Engagement in a Post-Christian Culture (2016)

Discipleship With Monday in Mind: How Churches Across the Country are Helping Their People Connect Faith and Work (2017)

(COMING SOON) What’s Wrong With Religion? 9 Things No One Told You About Faith (2017)

(COMING SOON) Immeasurable: Reflections on the Soul of Ministry in the Age of Church, Inc. (2017)

Skye also writes the WITH GOD DAILY DEVOTIONAL, a subscription-based daily email designed to help a smartphone generation begin the day with God.

 

TRAINING

Skye is ordained in the Christian & Missionary Alliance, a Protestant denomination established in 1887. The C&MA has approximately 500,000 members in the US and Canada, and an additional 3 million in 75 other countries. He earned a Masters of Divinity degree in 2001 from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. While at Trinity, Skye served as a pastoral intern at Libertyville Evangelical Free Church and a student chaplain at Lake Forest HospitalMiami University in Oxford, Ohio, is where Skye conducted his undergraduate studies in History and Comparative Religion with a special focus on Islam. He also studied Buddhism, Judaism, and Early Christianity.

FAMILY

Skye and his wife, Amanda, have been friends since high school. They were married in 1999 and currently live in Wheaton, Illinois, with their three children Zoe, Isaac, and Lucy. Skye’s father immigrated to the United States from India in 1970 to complete his medical training at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. His mother was a nurse and a native Chicagoan. Growing up in a multi-ethnic home gave Skye a diverse outlook and broad exposure to cultures. Before college he had already traveled to nearly 30 foreign countries on 5 continents. Skye grew up in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and graduated from Glenbard South High School.

WHAT KIND OF NAME IS SKYE, ANYWAY?

It’s a nickname. His given name is Akash, a Hindi name that means sky. Since birth his family has called him Skye, although he still doesn’t know who decided to add the -e. Reflecting his mixed heritage, his Norwegian grandfather is the source of his middle name, Charles.