Frank Viola is a bestselling author, an in-demand conference speaker, and an A-list blogger. He has planted organic missional churches and consults fellow authors, writers, bloggers, and Christian leaders. (Viola is not to be confused with the major league baseball player by the same name.)
Viola’s blog is ranked in the top 10 of all Christian blogs on the Internet today, and eight of his published books have hit bestseller lists (three of his titles were CBA Bestsellers and one was a Wall Street Journal Bestseller).
Frank is married, he’s a father, a proud cat and dog owner, and he lives in Florida. He’s been quoted in TIME magazine and has contributed interviews or articles in Christianity Today, Charisma, Ministry Today, Relevant, Life Today, The Christian Post, Good News, and CBN.com.
Viola has done joint writing projects with Leonard Sweet, George Barna, Derwin Gray, Mary DeMuth, and Greg Boyd.
His groundbreaking books on the deeper Christian life, God’s mission, the Kingdom of God, and Jesus studies have been endorsed by Shane Claiborne, Matt Chandler, John Ortberg, Jon Acuff, Greg Boyd, Margaret Feinberg, Brant Hansen, Lysa TerKeurst, Ed Stetzer, Sarah Bessey, Jack Hayford, Sheila Walsh, Craig Keener, Michael Heiser, Leonard Sweet, Ed Young, Francis Frangipane, Dave Ferguson, Bruxy Cavey, Alan Hirsch, Kenneth Boa, and many others. You can read some of those endorsements here.
Viola is known for his sharp wit and sense of humor as well as for his passionate and mesmorizing speaking on Jesus and the Kingdom of God.
His mission is to help serious followers of Jesus to know their Lord more deeply so they can experience real transformation and make a lasting impact.
Upon invitation, Frank speaks in conferences, seminars, Bible schools, seminaries, chapels, and churches.
He has spoken in conferences with N.T. Wright, Shane Claiborne, Brennan Manning, Jon Acuff, Leonard Sweet, George Barna, Scot McKnight, Richard Rohr, Larry Osborne, Dan Kimball, Neil Cole, Alan Hirsch, Andrew Farley, William Paul Young, Kenneth Boa, Melody Green, Mark DuPont, and many others.
Viola has been published by Thomas Nelson, Tyndale, Baker, David C. Cook and Destiny Image. His most popular are:
Insurgence (Baker) – Amazon Bestseller (#1 New Release in Christian Theology)
From Eternity to Here (David C. Cook) – CBA Bestseller.
God’s Favorite Place on Earth (David C. Cook) – Amazon Bestseller (ranking #13 out of all books).
Jesus Now (David C. Cook) – CBA Bestseller.
The Day I Met Jesus (Baker) with Mary DeMuth – CBA Bestseller.
The Untold Story of the New Testament Church (Destiny Image) – Wall Street Journal Bestseller
Jesus Manifesto (Thomas Nelson) with Leonard Sweet – Amazon Bestseller (ranking #6 out of all books).
Jesus: A Theography (Thomas Nelson) with Leonard Sweet.
Jesus Speaks (Thomas Nelson) with Leonard Sweet.
What Conference Hosts Are Saying . . .
“Of all the conferences we’ve hosted, and all the speakers we have flown in from around the world, Frank Viola remains the most highly spoken of and most often referenced speaker we have had. The reason is simple, his humble attitude and approachability combined with his gift for drawing in an audience with captivating stories and relevant content is second to none.”
~ Josh Stone
“Frank Viola is a unique voice that the American church needs to pay attention to. In so many ways, today’s culture diminishes Jesus and the Christian life. In an effort to remain relevant, the church has unfortunately been swept up, too, and we’ve taken our eyes off Jesus. At our invitation, Frank delivered a series of messages in our Brethren Church in Indiana. Frank’s messages got our eyes back on Jesus. After listening to him, your view of Christ will be heightened; your love for the Lord will be deepened; and your desire to be a part of this thing called ‘church’ will be strengthened.”
~ Tim Bordeaux, pastor
“Our church still talks about the weekend that Frank Viola spent with us. He spoke on Ephesians 1, 2, and 3. The Ephesian narrative he shared with us is still one of the best talks I’ve ever heard!”
~ Thomas Wynn
“Frank’s address at our Christian festival was a mix of styles that I’ve not heard before. He brought me to tears with the personal stories of a God who came to remove shame and break through social barriers to connect with outcasts, but also provided a structured, analytical examination of scripture and the historical context to provide support for the emotional retelling of Jesus’ interactions with people like us.”
~ Jim Eisenmenger
“We hosted Frank Viola for a teaching event and our students were incredibly blessed. His teaching on consecration, the deeper Christian life, and being “all in” for Jesus were a perfect complement to our Christ-centered discipleship curriculum. He was enjoyable, engaging, encouraging, and challenged us all with a word to give ourselves more fully to the person of Jesus. Frank has a way of speaking the truth in such a way that even when your core is challenged, your heart nevertheless soars! We are very thankful for his ministry to us and look forward to having him with us again.”
~ Francois and Wendy Fineberg
“We have regularly invited Frank to speak at our annual conference. Each year, he brings messages that exalt Jesus Christ in a striking, refreshing way. I have personally been present to hear Frank speak to audiences since the year 2000. His presentations have impacted me deeply as no other speaker has. What I appreciate most about Frank is that the heartthrob of his content is Jesus Christ as crucified, buried and raised, and the critical implications for our living that flow out of His work and words.”
~ Jonathan Zens
“Frank Viola has been a keynote speaker at many of our Momentum conferences. He always gives an insightful and helpful presentation. Frank’s books, blogs and presentations have been an inspiration to millions. His experience and depth of knowledge along with his relaxed humorous demeanor makes him a favorite.”
~ Ken Eastburn
Some samples of Frank’s spoken ministry …
A Clash Between Kingdoms – 2017 Deeper Christian Life Conference: Orlando, FL
Rethinking Discipleship – 2015 Audio Christian Festival: Urbana, IL
Remember Peter – 2017 Word of Life Church: Reno, NV
The Tabernacle of David – Summer Tree Fellowship: Jacksonville, FL
For God So Loved the World vs. Love Not the World – 2013 NCYM Pastors Conference: Colorado Springs, CO
The Deeper Journey – 2013 Deeper Life Conference: Bent Tree Bible Church, Carrollton, TX
God’s Favorite Place on Earth – 2012 Deeper Life Conference: Owensboro, KY
The Ultimate Issue – 2014 InterConnect Conference: Nashvhille, TN
Diary of a Desperate Samaritan Woman – 2008 Momentum Conference: Dallas, TX
Inviting Frank to Speak
To invite Frank to speak, send an email to Frank @ FrankViola.com. His assistant will respond.
Please include the following and put EVENT INVITATION in the subject line.
- Dates for the event.
- City and State where the event will be held.
- The name of the event (if this is a regular event, such as an annual conference, please include the event website).
Hearing Frank Speak
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Places Frank has traveled to date:
New York * Georgia * Colorado * Tennessee * Kentucky * Washington * Indiana * Illinois * Texas * Ohio * Oregon * DC * Virginia * Alabama * Pennsylvania * Arizona * California * Nevada * North Carolina * South Carolina * Maine * Utah * Florida * Italy * Ireland * Mexico * Canada * Holland * Belgium * Switzerland * Germany * South Africa * South America