Louie Giglio

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Louie Giglio
Louie Giglio.jpg
Born (1958-06-30) June 30, 1958 (age 60)
ResidenceAtlanta, Georgia
EducationGeorgia State University
Southwestern Baptist Theological SeminaryMaster of Divinity
Baylor University
OccupationPastor, Passion City Church
Founder, Passion Conferences, sixstepsrecords
OrganizationPassion City Church
Passion Conferences
Notable workGoliath Must Fall
Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God & Science
The Comeback
The Air I Breathe
I am Not But I Know I Am
Waiting Here for You
Home townAtlanta, 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, who he married in 1986, 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 decided to move from their home in Waco, Texas, to Atlanta, Georgia, because of his father's failing health.[3] Louie's father died from a brain infection and a heart attack prior to their arriving back in Atlanta. However, around that time, during a flight from Texas to Georgia, Louie was inspired to start a national gathering of college students, which would later become Passion Conferences.[5]

The first Passion Conference was held in 1997 in Austin, Texas, with about 2,000 university students in attendance.[6] In the years following, Passion continued to organize events for 18-25 year olds, including OneDay 2000 in Memphis, Tennessee, which gathered 40,000 university students.[7]

Since, Passion continues to host annual gatherings in the United States and around the world, encouraging students at the university juncture to leverage their lives for the Fame of Christ.[8] Notably, in January 2017, more than 55,000 students gathered for Passion 2017 in Atlanta's Georgia Dome for one of the largest Jesus-focused events in its history[9], and one of the last events to be held in the Georgia Dome prior to its November 2017 implosion.[10] Each year, Passion Conference attendees are encouraged to give generously toward social justice causes around the world, raising $785,000 to build a Syrian Hospital in 2016[11] and sponsoring 7,000 at-risk children through Compassion International in 2017.[12]

Giglio is the national-bestselling[13] author of Goliath Must Fall, Indescribable: 100 Devotions about God & Science,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.[14]

In 2009, Louie and his wife Shelley founded Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia.[15]

In 2017, Passion City Church announced plans to expand to two new locations - Passion City Church, Cumberland [16] and Passion City Church, D.C. [17]

Giglio's newest book "Goliath Must Fall," made the Publishers Weekly bestseller list in May 2017 [18] and was #31 in the list of the top 100 bestselling Christian books of 2017.[19]

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.[20] 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 Crowder, Matt Redman, Kristian Stanfill, and Passion.[21]

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.[22][23] 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.[24]

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.[25]


  • 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).[26]
  • Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God & Science (Tommy Nelson, 2017).


  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. ^ "Louie Giglio: The Heart Behind the Passion". CBN.com - The Christian Broadcasting Network. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  6. ^ "Louie Giglio Q&A: Millennials May Be Leaving the Church But They're Walking Toward Christ (Part 1)". Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  7. ^ "Louie Giglio Books and Ministry". 2008-02-23. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  8. ^ "Louie Giglio Q&A: Millennials May Be Leaving the Church But They're Walking Toward Christ (Part 1)". Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  9. ^ "About – Louie Giglio". www.louiegiglio.com. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  10. ^ CNN, Jill Martin,. "Georgia Dome imploded after 25 years of use". CNN. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  11. ^ "Students at Christian conference raise $785,000 to build Syrian hospital". USA TODAY College. 2016-01-05. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  12. ^ "Passion Students Sponsor Every Compassion Child in Four Countries". News & Reporting. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  13. ^ "May Religion Bestsellers: Louie Giglio Breaks Top Four; 'The Broken Road' Takes #1". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
  14. ^ Video on YouTube[dead link]
  15. ^ "Our Pastor". Passion City Church. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Passion City Church Approved for Cumberland Expansion". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  17. ^ "Passion City Church // D.C." Passion City Church. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  18. ^ "May Religion Bestsellers: Louie Giglio Breaks Top Four". Publishers Weekly. 8 June 2017.
  19. ^ "ECPA Bestsellers 2017 Books". Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA). Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  20. ^ Hansen, Collin. (March 23, 2007) Christianity Today. Passion Takes It Higher - The most influential annual gathering of young evangelicals plans to go global.
  21. ^ 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.
  22. ^ "Chris Tomlin leaving Austin Stone". Human3rror.com. May 11, 2008. Archived from the original on March 10, 2009. Retrieved 2013-01-10.
  23. ^ "Giglio and Tomlin to plant church". Modern March. October 10, 2008. Archived from the original on November 10, 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-10.
  24. ^ 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.
  25. ^ 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
  26. ^ http://www.thomasnelson.com/goliath-must-fall

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