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 Kentucky Western 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 5,000 people each weekend through its four 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, released in April 2012 and focuses on the human desire to find purpose and hope in things that are not God. By writing honestly and transparently, Pete looks to help the reader identify their own inclination to drift towards 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 much-anticipated book that released on Oct 1, 2013, 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.
Pete is also an avid blogger; he enjoys the outdoors and Titans football. When he’s looking for rest, you can often find Pete working in his garden, hanging out with Brandi, or playing outside with their three boys.