Pete Wilson is the founding and senior pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee, a committed church community that he and his wife, Brandi, planted in 2002. Born and raised in Nashville, Pete earned his Bachelors degree in Communications from Western Kentucky University and attended seminary at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. After planting his first church in Kentucky, Pete and Brandi returned to his hometown of Nashville to start Cross Point, a city where they felt connected with the culture as well as the people.
Over the course of twelve years, Cross Point has grown to reach more than 7,000 people each weekend through its seven campuses located around the Nashville area, and online. As one of the fastest growing churches in America, Pete’s ministry–an outreach focused on helping people become devoted to Christ, irrevocably committed to each other, and relentlessly dedicated to reaching those outside of God’s family with the Gospel–has made Pete a frequent speaker at national and international church conferences.
Pete’s desire to share outside of Cross Point is fueled by his love of leading right where he is. “Everything else is a natural overflow of my love for serving the local church,” Pete says. With his mix of strong leadership skills and an authentic passion for Christ, he has moved into a leadership position even amongst his peers, recently being touted as the “prototype of a Catalyst leader.” A strong believer in the fact that God has always used imperfect people to do amazing things, Pete inspires others to pursue God’s plan despite their brokenness.
For his congregation, Pete is a loving pastor, emotionally generous communicator, and approachable friend. These characteristics easily translate when Pete speaks around the country and throughout the world and are apparent in his writing.
Pete gained national attention in 2010 when Thomas Nelson published his best-selling book, Plan B, a title that has been printed in five languages and launched Putting Plan B into Action, a 6-week DVD curriculum that serves as a study companion to the book. Empty Promises, Pete’s much-anticipated second book, looks to help the reader identify their own inclination to drift toward putting their identity in other things and offer them a wake-up call to find their meaning in Christ alone. Let Hope In, Pete’s third book, presents a new look at the power of healing through hope, revealing 4 unique choices that have the potential to change your life forever. With Wilson’s telltale cadence and candor, Let Hope In explores accounts of seemingly hopeless moments in the Bible; illustrating God’s ultimate plan for healing by letting hope fill the dark places of your past.
In Pete’s fourth book, What Keeps You Up At Night?, which released in May 2015, his wish and prayer is that you would take steps of trust along the path toward God’s best for your life; that you will be granted faith to face the fear that will try to blockade you; that you can step out of the boat and start walking toward Jesus; that He will bring into your life the people, resources, and circumstances that will enable you to withstand doubt, opposition, and worry.
Pete is also an avid blogger (www.PeteWilson.tv); he enjoys the outdoors, farming, and Titans football. When he’s looking for rest, you can often find Pete gardening, hanging out with Brandi, or playing outside with their three boys.