The Rev. Dr. James P. Wind

Dr. Wind is president of the Alban Institute, an independent center of learning and leadership development with a focus on congregations, now affiliated with Duke Divinity School. He is a prominent voice in the wider conversation about the role of religion in America and the value of congregations.

Dr. Wind is the author of numerous books, including “The Bible and the University: The Messianic Vision of William Rainey Harper” (Scholars Press, 1987); “Places of Worship: Exploring Their History” (The American Association for State and Local History, 1990); and “Constructing Your Congregation’s Story” (Augsburg/Fortress, 1993).

He is co-editor of “Carriers of Faith: Lessons from Congregational Studies” (Westminster/John Knox, 1991); “Clergy Ethics in a Changing Society: Mapping the Terrain” (Westminster/ John Knox, 1991); “New Dimensions in American Religious History” (Eerdmans, 1993); “American Congregations (Volume 1): Portraits of Twelve Religious Communities” (The University of Chicago Press, 1994); and “American Congregations (Volume 2): New Perspectives in the Study of Congregations” (The University of Chicago Press, 1994).

An ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Dr. Wind also serves on the Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations and the Advisory Board of Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, the PBS weekly news program that examines religion’s role behind top news headlines. He has previously served on the boards of Partners for Sacred Places, Philadelphia, and the Children’s Chorus of Washington, DC.

He received his Ph.D. from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago in 1983. Prior to coming to the Alban Institute, Dr. Wind served as program director, Religion Division, at Lilly Endowment Inc., in Indianapolis, and director of research and publications and senior associate of the Park Ridge Center for the Study of Health, Faith and Ethics, in Chicago, Illinois. 

Dr. Wind lives in Reston, Va., with his wife, Kathleen. They are the parents of two children