Louie Giglio (born 1958) is a Christian pastor/evangelist and founder of Choice Ministries and Passion Conferences.
Giglio was born in 1958 and grew up in a Christian home in Atlanta, Georgia.
One morning at 2 AM during his freshman year at Georgia State University in 1977, he decided to follow Christ instead of the party life.
That conscious decision led him to become one of the architects of the modern worship style geared towards young people with its emphasis on informal attire, expressive worship and low-key, visually driven sermons.
After Giglio graduated from Georgia State University,
he earned a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. After finishing seminary, Giglio and his wife Shelley began a weekly Bible study called Choice Ministries at Baylor University.
After several years, over ten percent of the student body was attending the weekly study. He is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry at Grace Theological Seminary.
In 1995, the Giglios moved from Waco, Texas to Atlanta, Georgia due to the failing health of Louie's father. While flying from Texas to Georgia, Giglio prayed and asked God what he had in store for his life at this point.
His prayers were answered by instructions to start a national gathering of Christian college students; this evolved into the Passion movement and Passion Conferences.
Desiring to reach across denomination and ministry lines, Louie began 7:22, a Bible study designed to reach and impact single adults in the metro Atlanta area. Functioning under the umbrella of the local church, 7:22 unites 3,000 singles weekly for worship and teaching.
The Passion Movement is based on Louie's life verse, Isaiah 26:8
- "Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts".
As a part of the Passion movement, Louie Giglio also heads up Sixsteprecords, a partnership with Sparrow Records.
In January 1997, Passion hosted its first conference for college students, which lasted four days in Austin, Texas.
Two thousand people attended. This launched Passion to the public and it has been followed by conferences and tours yearly.
The Passion conferences hosted in January 2005 and 2006 drew thousands of college students to Nashville.
In 2000, Louie Giglio and others formed Sixsteps Records, a record label for Christian worship artists. Sixsteps' list of signed artists includes David Crowder Band, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, and Charlie Hall. It also releases live albums from the Passion conferences.
In 2007, over 22,000 students gathered in Atlanta, GA,
where the missions focused on their "Do Something Now" campaign. This raised $1,500,000 for global ministries on six continents. Giglio and the Passion ministry plan on holding regional events around the US in late 2007 and early 2008, and then go to the nations of the world in 2008 with the Passion World Tour.
On May 11, 2008, Chris Tomlin announced that he is leaving his church to start a new church in Atlanta, Georgia with Giglio.
Louie confirmed this rumor on the Passion podcast on June 27,2008, but emphasized that there is no timetable or definitive plans to share.
Louie Giglio is the author of The Air I Breathe: Worship as a Way of Life and I Am Not but I Know I Am: Little Me, Infinite God, Amazing Life.
Louie and his wife, Shelley, are members of North Point Community Church, where he occasionally speaks. They reside outside of Atlanta.
Dynamic communicator Louie Giglio brings you the sights and sounds of worldwide spiritual awakening. You'll witness lives changed for the glory of God! Includes Fruitcake and Ice Cream, How Great Is Our God, Hope When Life Hurts, and Indescribable. Four DVD set.
Note: does not includes audio CDs packaged with individual releases.
Author, speaker, and Passion conference founder Louie Giglio presents God's infinite grace and glory in a stunning live DVD. The heavens are telling glory of God, and their expanse the work of His hands. Night after night they remind us of just how small we are, and how huge God is.
Looking out into the far reaches of the universe, we find a seemingly expanse of mystery and wonder, intricately fashioned by a God of unfathomable size and power. Just a glimpse of one of the billions of visible galaxies He has formed resize us, shrinking us, and the world we call home, to seeming insignificance in an instant. But as tiny as we may seem, the God who knows every star by name also knows yours, and mine.
And in the most stunning rescue imaginable, God sent His son to this spinning planet we call home - the Creator reconnecting us to Himself with life that never ends. Indescribable takes us on a image-rich journey through the cosmos, allowing us to peer into God's universe to discover the amazing magnitude of His greatness and grace. Approximately 43 minutes.
Join author, speaker, and Passion conference founder Louie Giglio for a life changing presentation! Your life is a miracle, and the creator of the universe knows you by name He's big enough to breathe out stars, yet intricate enough to fashion together the trillions of cells that make up every fact of who you are.
The God who spoke the universe into existence made you, too and knows everything about you. From the smallest molecule to the situation you find yourself in right now, He's award of your circumstances and intimately acquainted with everything you do. And He cares about you and promises to carry you through. That's where we find hope in the midst of the darkest places in life.
The journey often complicated and painful filled with confusion and chaos. Yet, the cross of Christ reveals God's promise to preserve and restore you no matter what the circumstance. He will hold onto you and hold you together, giving strength to those who hope in His unfailing love.Approximately 40 minutes.
Join the Passion Movement---impacting the lives of millions worldwide! Demonstrating an unlikely collision between friendship and grace, founder Louie Giglio takes you through journal entries chronicling a college student's amazing road to faith. It will ignite your spirituality! Includes an audio CD with five specially selected songs from Chris Tomlin, Charlie Hall, and others. 53 minutes.
Embark on an epic journey through the vastness of the universe to the depths of the human soul! Drawing you closer to God, who breathed the cosmos into existence, Giglio and Redman offer stunning photographs, biblical insights, devotional reflections, and scientific descriptions to transform wonderers into passionate worshipers of Jesus---and the One who formed us. 224 pages, hardcover from Cook.
Life isn't easy. We experience problems and setbacks every day. But during the hardest parts of life, when the bottom seems to fall out, where do we turn for peace? Although God doesn't offer any easy solutions, He does offer Himself and His cross as an anchor of hope no matter what we face in life.
And more than simply enduring suffering, the hope we find in Him allows us to leverage our darkest moments for His fame. When life hurts most, the world listens most intently to our message, allowing us to broadcast through our pain the goodness of the One who loves us the most.
Visionary pastor Giglio and songwriter Redman team up to explore the mysteries of God's creation. Weaving devotional insights with scientific facts, they take you on a journey through the vastness of outer space and into the depths of the soul---igniting your mind and spirit---and transforming your wonder into passionate worship! 192 pages, softcover from Cook.
We are all worshipers...of something. But are we spending our lives and filling our days with what matters most? Newly revised, The Air I Breathe will awaken you to the reality that worship is more than a service on Sunday. It's every moment reflecting God's glory and grace.
God is looking for men and women who are willing to be small because they know how big he is---and understand who they are not! Redefining success, Giglio shows you how to obtain the astonishing freedom and incredible rest that comes from believing, like John the Baptist, that you must decrease while Jesus must increase. 160 pages, hardcover from Multnomah.
Sometimes the best things in life are those we're not even sure we're looking for at the time, but those we realize we can't live without in the end. That's the story of Ashley, a somewhat typical college senior--loving life, partying hard and trying to balance it all with success in the classroom. Disengaged from God and turned off by most Christians she knew, unexpected events turned Ashley's world upside down and brought a new roommate for her final semester at the University of Florida.
Unpolished, and marked by unscripted authenticity, Ashley's personal journal entries provide the backdrop for Fruitcake and Ice Cream, a message that breathes hope for the spiritually searching while providing a massive kick-start for those within the Church who carry the unrivaled story of God's grace and truth in a darkened world. Approx. 54 minutes.