Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. He and his wife, Kay, began the church in their home in January 1980, with one family.
Now, with 22,000 in attendance each weekend, and over 80,000 names on the church roll, Saddleback is one of America's largest and best-known churches.
In the past seven years, more than 9,200 new believers have been baptized at Saddleback. The church has also started 34 daughter churches, and sent over 4,000 of its members on mission projects around the world.
Rick Warren is well-known as the pioneer of the Purpose-Driven paradigm for church health. More than 400,000 pastors and church leaders from over 125 countries have attended Purpose-Driven Church seminars in 18 languages. Peter Drucker calls Rick "the inventor of perpetual revival."
Winner of the Gold Medallion Ministry Book of the Year, it is used as a textbook in most seminaries, and was selected as one of the 100 Christian Books That Changed the 20th Century.
In addition, Rick is the author of The Power to Change Your Life, Answers to Life's Difficult Questions, and Personal Bible Study Methods.
Rick is also the founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community that serves and mentors those in ministry worldwide. Over 180,000 pastors subscribe to Rick Warren's Ministry Toolbox, a free, weekly email newsletter.
Rick was born in San Jose, California. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from California Baptist College, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. Other honors include the Biblical Preaching Award, several honorary doctorates, and Metro Magazine named him one of the 25 most influential people in Orange County, California.
Rick and his wife, Kay, live in Trabuco Canyon, California. They have three children, and a dog.