Louie Giglio

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Louie Giglio
Louie Giglio.jpg
Giglio in 2008
Born (1958-06-30) June 30, 1958 (age 59)
Residence Roswell, Georgia
Education Georgia State University
Southwestern Baptist Theological SeminaryMaster of Divinity
Grace Theological SeminaryDoctor of Ministry
Occupation Pastor, Passion City Church
Speaker/Founder, Passion Movement
Home town Atlanta, Georgia
Spouse(s) Shelley Giglio

Louie Giglio (pronounced GIG-leo) is the pastor of Passion City Church, located in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also a public speaker, author, and the founder of the Passion Movement.


Giglio was born on June 30, 1958.[1] He graduated from Georgia State University and earned a Master of Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.[2] Later he went to Grace Theological Seminary to pursue a Doctor of Ministry degree.[3] After finishing seminary, Giglio and his wife Shelley began a weekly Bible study called Choice at Baylor University where he was doing graduate studies. After several years, over 10% of the Baylor student body was attending the weekly gathering and Giglio's heart for the significance of the "university moment" was set.[4]

In 1995, the Giglios moved from their home in Waco, Texas, to Atlanta, Georgia, because of his father's failing health.[3]

Giglio is the author of The Air I Breathe: Worship as a Way of Life and I Am Not But I Know I Am: Welcome to the Story Of God. His talks "Indescribable" and "How Great Is Our God" have been viewed by churches and individuals around the world. The "Laminin" clip from his message "How Great Is Our God" has been viewed over 3 million times on YouTube.[5]

In 2009, Louie and his wife Shelley founded Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia.[6]

On January 8, 2013, the organizers of President Barack Obama's second inauguration announced the selection of Giglio to deliver the benediction at the ceremony, largely in recognition for his work against human trafficking.[7][8] The announcement was met with opposition when a sermon Giglio delivered in the mid-1990s was publicized by ThinkProgress.[9] In the sermon, Giglio called homosexuality a sin, declared that legalizing gay marriage would risk "absolutely undermining the whole order of our society", and asked his listeners to "lovingly but firmly respond to the aggressive agenda" of gay activists.[9][10] On January 10, Giglio withdrew from participation in the inaugural, stating, "it is likely that my participation and the prayer I would offer will be dwarfed by those seeking to make their agenda the focal point of the inauguration."[8][11]

Passion Conferences[edit]

Since 1995, the Passion Movement has hosted close to a million university students at events ranging from the first Passion Conference in Austin, Texas, in January 1997 which 2,000 people attended to "OneDay 2000", a gathering of 40,000 students for prayer and worship outside Memphis, Tennessee, to the seventeen-city Passion World Tour of 2008.[12] Passion has hosted local campus events at leading universities in The U.S., as well as larger regional and national events in cities like Seattle, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis and Washington, D.C.

As a part of the Passion movement, the Giglios also head up sixstepsrecords, a partnership with Sparrow Records. This small label is home to artists Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, Kristian Stanfill, and Passion.[13]

In June 2008, while speaking for pastor Andy Stanley, Giglio announced the planting of a new church in Atlanta, Georgia. Chris Tomlin announced he was joining Giglio in Atlanta for the Passion City Church launch.[14][15] The Giglios were members of North Point Community Church for 13 years until the founding of Passion City Church. Two years later, the church has built a home for PCC.

Along with Tomlin, Matt and Beth Redman and a small core team, Passion City Church officially gathered in fall of 2008. Passion City Church held its first service on February 15, 2009, in Atlanta, Georgia at The Tabernacle.[16]

Passion Conferences hosted Passion 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 1–4, 2013. Over 60,000 university students from around the United States and over 30 other countries attended, and more than 170,000 people from more than 130 countries watched part of the conference online.[17]


  • Wired: For a Life of Worship (Multnomah, 2006).
  • I Am Not But I Know I Am: Welcome to the Story of God (Multnomah, 2005).
  • The Air I Breathe (Multnomah, 2003).
  • Indescribable (Louie Giglio and Matt Redman; David C. Cook, 2012).
  • Passion (Louie Giglio, Beth Moore, Christine Caine, John Piper, Judah Smith, Francis Chan; Thomas Nelson, 2014).
  • The Comeback (Thomas Nelson, 2015).
  • Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants (Thomas Nelson, 2017).[18]


  1. ^ "Louie Giglio Artist Profile". NewsReleaseTuesday. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Louie Giglio Books and Ministry". Christ Notes. 2007. Archived from the original on 23 February 2008. 
  3. ^ a b Givens, Joshua. (August 13, 2008) Associated Content. Louie Giglio - A Brief Biography on the Renowned Christian Author and Speaker.
  4. ^ Farias, Andree. (April 25, 2005) Christianity Today. A Passion for the Christ - Thousands of college students attend Passion worship conferences annually. We talked to the guy behind it all, Louie Giglio, a former campus pastor with a heart on fire for God.
  5. ^ Video on YouTube[dead link]
  6. ^ "Our Pastor". Passion City Church. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  7. ^ Boorstein, Michelle (January 7, 2013). "Widow of Medgar Evers to deliver invocation at Obama inauguration". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  8. ^ a b Tenety, Elizabeth (January 10, 2013). "Louie Giglio backs out of Inaugural benediction over comments on homosexuality". Washington Post. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Pastor pulls out of US inaugural due to anti-gay sermon". January 11, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  10. ^ Israel, Josh (January 9, 2012). "Inaugural Benediction To Be Delivered By Pastor Who Gave Vehemently Anti-Gay Sermon". thinkprogress.com. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  11. ^ Stolberg, Sheryl Gay (January 10, 2013). "Minister Pulls Out of Inauguration After Outcry". The New York Times. 
  12. ^ Hansen, Collin. (March 23, 2007) Christianity Today. Passion Takes It Higher - The most influential annual gathering of young evangelicals plans to go global.
  13. ^ Geil, Mark. (November 17, 2008) Christianity Today. What's in a Label?: sixstepsrecords - Learn how a tiny homespun record label focused solely on worship became one of the most successful in the music business today, fueled by music from the likes of Chris Tomlin and David Crowder.
  14. ^ "Chris Tomlin leaving Austin Stone". Human3rror.com. May 11, 2008. Archived from the original on March 10, 2009. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  15. ^ "Giglio and Tomlin to plant church". Modern March. October 10, 2008. Archived from the original on November 10, 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  16. ^ Zylstra, Sarah Eekhoff. (February 24, 2009) Christianity Today. Q&A: Louie Giglio - The Passion Conference founder talks about his overseas tour and the new church he has started with Matt Redman and Chris Tomlin.
  17. ^ And as a collective whole took a stand for freedom and raised over 3,000,000 dollars to help end human slavery. http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/world/2012/01/05/cfp-clancy-do-something-now.cnn
  18. ^ http://www.thomasnelson.com/goliath-must-fall

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