Pastor Warren founded Saddleback Church (http://www.saddleback.com
) in Lake Forest in 1980. Today, it is one of America’s most influential churches, with approximately 20,000 people attending the weekend services. Saddleback offers more than 200 community ministries and support groups for parents, families, children, couples, prisoners, addicts, people living with HIV/AIDS, depression, MS, Parkinson’s, autism, and many others.
He is the author of The Purpose Driven Life (http://www.purposedrivenlife.com
), the bestselling hardback in American history, with over 30 million copies sold worldwide. He built the Purpose Driven Network (http://www.purposedrivenchurch.com
), a global alliance of pastors from 162 countries and hundreds of denominations who have been trained to be purpose driven churches. He also founded Pastors.com (http://www.pastors.com
) – an online interactive community that provides sermons, forums, and other practical resources for pastors – including archives of a weekly newsletter that is sent to more than 100,000 pastors and ministry leaders.
Pastor Warren and his wife Kay are passionate about global missions and what he calls “attacking the five global giants” of poverty, disease, spiritual emptiness, self-serving leadership, and illiteracy. His solution – The Peace Plan – is a massive effort to mobilize Christians around the world into an outreach effort to attack these five global giants of today. Check it out at http://www.thepeaceplan.com