Louie Giglio is an American evangelist who founded the Passion Movement. He leads the Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Louie is a pastor, author, and public speaker, known for his controversial views.
As an accomplished author, Louie writes about Christian spirituality, worship, and personal growth. His popular books include “The Comeback,” focusing on finding hope after setbacks, and “Goliath Must Fall,” addressing overcoming challenges like fear and addiction. People appreciate his writing for its relatable and practical insights.
Louie Giglio was born on June 30, 1958, in Atlanta, Georgia, to Louie F. Giglio, Jr., and Martha Giglio. He is American with Italian descent. Growing up in the suburbs of Atlanta, he attended Campbell High School and later went to Georgia State University after high school. Louie earned his Master’s Degree in Theology from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He also obtained a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Grace Theological School in Indiana.
Despite being born in Atlanta, Louie didn’t spend his entire life there. He moved from Texas to Atlanta due to his father’s illness.
Louie Giglio got married in 1986 to his wife, Shelley Giglio. There is no much information about their marriage.
After graduating from seminary, Louie Giglio and his wife Shelley started a weekly Bible study at Baylor University called Choice.
In 1997, they moved from Texas to Atlanta, and Louie initiated the Passion Conferences, a national gathering of college students. The first conference, held in 1997 in Austin, Texas, drew about 2000 college students. Since then, Passion Conferences have been hosted around the country, with approximately 50,000 participants each year, according to Wikipedia. These conferences feature prominent Christian speakers and musicians.
Speakers at the Passion Conferences include Louie Giglio, the founder, along with others like John Piper, Francis Chan, Andy Stanley, Beth Moore, Judah Smith, Christine Caine, Carl Lentz, Lecrae, Gary Haugen, Ben Stuart, Ravi Zacharias, Matt Chandler, Levi Lusko, and Jay and Katherine Wolf, authors of the book “Hope Heals.”
Louie Giglio is not only involved in conferences and church ministry but is also connected with the Passion Movement, which includes music, books, and digital media. The Passion Worship band, with artists like Chris Tomlin, Kristian Stanfill, and Crowder, has released many worship albums widely used in churches globally.
The Passion Band, a part of the Passion Conferences, is a contemporary music band with 28 albums over two decades. However, most of these albums are live recordings from performances and tours.
Another part of the Passion Conference is the Do Something Now Fundraising Campaign, later renamed 72 For Freedom. This campaign urges Passion Conference participants to donate to charity.
In 2013, the Passion Conferences launched the End It Now Movement, an anti-human trafficking campaign. They raised $3.6 million, which was donated to various charity organizations fighting against human trafficking.
In 2008, Louie Giglio founded the Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia, with its first service on February 15, 2009.
Louie Giglio has written several popular books focusing on Christian spirituality, worship, and personal growth. Some of his well-known books include:
- Not Forsaken
- Goliath Must Fall
- 100 Devotions about God and Science
- The Air I Breathe
- Worship As A Way of Life
- I Am Not But I Know I Am: Welcome to the Story of God
- The Comeback: It’s not too late and you’re never too far.
- Never Too Far: Come Back from Defeat and Disappointment to Purpose and Power.
- Don’t Give the Enemy a Seat at Your Table: It’s Time to Win the Battle of Your Mind.
- Putting An X Through Anxiety
Pastor Louie Giglio has faced controversies at times. In 2013, he withdrew from giving the benediction during Obama’s second Inauguration when it was revealed that he had urged Christians to oppose the Gay Rights movement in a sermon from the 1990s.
In 2020, during an interview discussing racism with Chick-fil-A CEO, Dan Cathy, and rapper Lecrae, Giglio suggested replacing “white privilege” with “white blessing.” He mentioned the “blessing of slavery” contributing to the framework for the world that white people live in. However, after facing public backlash, he apologized on Twitter for the comment.
Here are some of Louie Giglio’s popular sermons:
- God’s Plan Includes You
- The Sparrow’s Song
- Defiant Worship in the Midnight Hour
- Divinity In The Dust
- The Most Powerful + Painful Truth of All
- Searching For Happiness
- May I Have Your Attention
- Seek First The King
- The Joy That Defies Every Condition
- Because We Can
Pastor Louie Giglio is estimated to have a net worth of around $10 million.
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