Thom Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources.Prior to LifeWay, he served at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for twelve years where he was the founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism.He is a 1977 graduate of the University of Alabama and earned his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

In addition to speaking in hundreds of venues each year, Rainer led Rainer Group, a church and denominational consulting firm, from 1990 to 2005. The firm provided church health insights to over 500 churches and other organizations over that period.

Rainer and his wife, Nellie Jo, have three grown sons: Sam, Art and Jess, who are married to Erin, Sarah and Rachel respectively.The Rainers have three grandchildren: Canon, Maggie, and Nathaniel.

He is the author of twenty-two books, including Simple Life, Simple Church, Raising Dad, and Essential Church.His latest book is Transformational Church, co-authored withEd Stetzer.