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About


We've come a long way from the trailer park...

 

 

 

 

 

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About


We've come a long way from the trailer park...

 

 

 

 

 

Hello.

I’m a Chicago based charitable entrepreneur who  grew up in an Ohio trailer park. My proud blue collared parents worked hard to ensure  I had every opportunity, and they expected me to  seize every day to make myself a better person, and give back to others. 

Today, I’m the founder of Love Without Agenda—a network of local charitable entrepreneurs who cooperate across the globe. Working in communities across the globe has made one thing very clear—people are our planets most valuable resource. That is why I'm proud to lend my voice and advocate for causes, projects, and campaigns that promote equality, inclusion, and diversity. My experiences have galvanized a core set of values in community action, corporate responsibility, environmental preservation, human rights and religious bridge-building. 

While attending the University of Missouri, I was a successful track & field athlete—and received my degree in Religion Studies. While I've now spoken to crowds on most every continent,  become a 'success', and  live amongst the skyscrapers of Chicago...at heart I remain a blue collared Akron kid hustling to change the world, and himself,  one act of love at a time. 

While we've come a long way from that trailer park...the best is still ahead.

Jimmy Spencer Jr is an unstoppable advocate for people across the globe.”
— Brian McLaren, US activist & author

My Odd & Fun Life

  • I've spoken in 18 countries.

  • I'm 6 time All-Conference track & field athlete at the University of Missouri.

  • I was in Cologne, W. Germany when the Berlin Wall came down in 1989.

  • I ONCE SPOKE BETWEEN BANDS CALLED 'AS I LAY DYING' AND 'HASTE THE DAY'. 

  • I can't swim.

  • I haven't driven A VEHICLE in 10 years. 

  • I lived in Crimean, Ukraine in 1993, after the USSR crumbled.  

  • I'm a proud Akron OHio kid

  • Balvenie whiskey & hendricks gin 

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Speaking


It's good to tell, better to show---best to show & tell

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking


It's good to tell, better to show---best to show & tell

 

 

 

 

 

"Watching Spencer speak was like witnessing someone base-jump—absolutely, exhilarating."

 

I’ve been fortunate to have received speaking invitations since I was a teenager, cutting my teeth on Ohio church stages and cultural festivals on the far-flung Crimean Peninsula.

Twenty years later, I’m still fortunate to get invited to speak on a variety of topics at unique places: on personal spirituality at a large former slave plantation, on community development at conferences in London, on consumerism at a 5,000 fan heavy metal festival in Portland, and on community leadership at Soldier Field for Chicago’s Park District.

For more video and to inquire about booking, visit my press kit.

Jimmy Spencer Jr is an important voice for our time
— Dr. Tony Campolo, Spiritual Adviser for President Bill Clinton
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Writing


Being terrible at something shouldn't ever stop you from doing it. How do you think people get good at anything?

 

 

 

Writing


Being terrible at something shouldn't ever stop you from doing it. How do you think people get good at anything?

 

 

 

"A book that will inspire and challenge your view of Christianity, regardless of your faith"

 

  

Like many in the USA, I grew up in a Christian house.  Like many, the version of Christianity I saw didn't work for me...

Fast forward 20 years--after years of helping neighborhoods, and answering questions by Christians about my faith—I authored a book with my Love Without Agenda cofounder Lisa O'Brien-Wentzel. We hope our story helps other people wrestling with issues of how Christianity fits into our lives—and we really hope our story inspires you to process your spirituality...

No matter where that takes you.

  


Readers Say:

I heard Jimmy speak briefly and knew I had to read his book. I read it, only stopping to eat and sleep, until I was done. It is the most challenging, provocative, enlightening, and amazing book that I have read since the bible.
— Michael, Amazon Review
Best book of the year! I bought this book as a gift, but after reading the first few pages I had to get my own copy.
— M Yoder, Amazon Review
Heart Hitting! Bravo for getting real & discussing what matters!
— Abigail, Amazon Review