About – Jonathan

Jonathan Williams is the founder and president of Word of God, Speak which focuses on the truth of God’s Word accelerating life change, building a biblical worldview, and connecting people to God’s story.

Jonathan Williams-17 smallHe has pastored for over 30 years in Great Commission Churches and is the featured speaker on the historic Heaven and Home Hour daily broadcast and the storyteller on the weekly Stories of the Master program.

Ministered locally as the teaching pastor with Great Commission Churches in Missouri, Kansas, Virginia, and most recently in his home town of San Antonio, Texas. He majored in Bible at Calvary Bible College, Ancient History at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Trinity Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana.

While pastoring in San Antonio, Jonathan began his radio ministry. He created the weekly program Stories of the Master, a retelling of the life of Christ and the stories he told bringing in historical and cultural details that we modern people often miss in the text but details which make the stories come alive. This weekly program is heard around the world with several organizations including Trans World Radio and Spirit Network Radio.

Jonathan also accepted the position of President and Bible Teacher with the historic program, The Heaven and Home Hour. Since 1933, this program has faithfully taught God’s word to the nation. Jonathan is only the fourth teacher for the Heaven and Home Hour and will soon expand the ministry to multiple countries around of the world.

When he’s not speaking he’s writing! An accomplished author, Jonathan has written several books, including his commentary on one of the most important and least understood sections of Paul’s writing in Romans 6:1-14, Dead Men Rising: The Death of Sin|The Rise of Grace. In the Fall of 2013 he will publish Romans 9 and the Story Paul was Telling.

The listing below provides an overview of Jonathan’s books and can be purchased on this website or by calling 1-800-248-4687.



DMROUR GREATEST BATTLE TODAY is not with terrorism, too much government, or secularism—it’s our battle with sin. For centuries, scholars and students of the Word have grappled with Romans 6:1-14 and its key phrases that speak to this battle—

Dead to Sin — Old Man — Body of Sin
Slaves to Sin — Freed from Sin

What do these mean and what do they have to do with the battle with sin? In Dead Men Rising, Jonathan Williams provides an in-depth analysis of these phrases for Christian leaders searching for a biblical basis for holy living and practical help for the growing believer serious about obeying God’s Word. This book will clear up centuries-long confusion in this important text.

“This excellent exposition of Romans 6 is probably the best I’ve read. The research is obvious and the conclusions worth serious consideration.” —HERSCHEL MARTINADALE, veteran pastor and former director of European missions for Great Commission Churches


“Very seldom does something new come along that better matches the whole of Scripture and influences me to change my perspective. As a counselor and pastor, Dead Men Rising will help those I minister to in their journey to Christlikeness.” —GREG VAN NADA, National Campus Director, Collegiate Churches


“Avoiding common doubletalk with an interpretation true to life and scripture. This book will help the church become mature, fully human, and fully alive like Christ.” —J.R. Woodward, co-founder of Kairos LA & Ecclesia Network



DMR-StudyGuideThe perfect companion to Jonathan’s groundbreaking book Dead Men Rising. This study guide walks you through the intricate nuances of this often misunderstood passage in Romans. Christian leaders searching for a biblical basis for holy living and practical help for the growing believer serious about obeying God’s Word. This book and study guide will clear up centuries-long confusion in this important text.





Romans 9

Romans9Like a majestic peak, Romans 9 stands before the explorer of biblical truth. Its beauty beckons us, but its slopes present many dangers for the unfamiliar traveler. Long a proof text passage for the Calvinist/Arminian debate, could it be that Romans 9 was really about something else? What was Paul’s aim in Romans 9? What was the story he was telling his generation?


“Great reading and writing! Jonathan Williams has an amazing, easy style in addressing complicated matters. He is meticulously clear, even if he has taken away my ammunition to prove the sovereignty of God to my Arminian friends in Romans 9! This is well written and researched: a must-read for anyone serious about understanding Paul’s letter to the Romans and for those who are interested to know how Israel fits into God’s story.” —The Venerable Canon Chuck Collins, Rector, Trinity Anglican Church, San Antonio


The Prodigal Son & His Prodigal Father


Most people have heard of the prodigal son, but who was the prodigal father? In this retelling of Jesus’ timeless tale, Jonathan Williams reveals who the true prodigal in the story is, explains why forgiveness can be such a hard gift to give, and how you can experience forgiveness in all its dimensions.  The rich cultural and historical insights from the first century make the story come alive for readers today.




“I read your book last night.  It was very timely reading for me.  It’s the same message I’ve tried to ignore for years – and my God has continued to be patient with me.  I wanted you to know that I finally forgave from my heart the wrongdoing that was done to me so many years ago, and the events that both haunted and shaped who I am today. Your words were so simple and clear; yes, the message finally reached me.” – a reader in Texas


“I read your book and wanted you to know it is powerful, and I gave a copy to my mother right away for her to read.  I know it will help her, too.” – a reader in Missouri


“Your explanation of forgiveness … has helped me. I’ve learned some surprising things about myself.” – a reader in Ohio

Resurrection Vision

Resurrection VisionDo you know the ten meanings of the resurrection of Jesus? We know the resurrection of Jesus was important, but what does it mean?  We know it proves He is who He claimed to be and that His work on the cross is enough to gain our forgiveness and justification, but what else does it mean?

Learn all ten meanings of the resurrection of Jesus and strengthen your life with His resurrection power that is available to change us and the whole world for His glory.

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