Max Lucado

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Max Lucado
Max Lucado in 2005
Max Lucado in 2005
Born (1955-01-11) January 11, 1955 (age 64)
San Angelo, Texas
OccupationWriter, Preacher, Speaker
Alma materAbilene Christian University
GenreInspirational Christian Living, Children's
Notable awardsGold Medallion Book Award
SpouseDenalyn Lucado
ChildrenJenna Lucado
Andrea Lucado
Sara Lucado

Max Lucado (born January 11, 1955) is a best-selling Christian author[1] and writer and preacher at Oak Hills Church (formerly the Oak Hills Church of Christ) in San Antonio, Texas.


Lucado was born in San Angelo, Texas, the youngest of four children to Jack and Thelma Lucado. He grew up in Andrews, Texas. His father was an oil field worker, while his mother served as a nurse.[citation needed]

Lucado attended Abilene Christian University where he received an undergraduate degree in Mass Communication. While a student at Abilene Christian, Lucado worked to pay his way through college by selling books door-to-door with the Southwestern Advantage entrepreneurial program[2]. Initially he wished to become a lawyer, but has said that a required Bible course at the university and a mission trip made him change his mind, deciding instead to become a missionary. However, this required that Lucado get a graduate degree in Bible and Biblical Studies; and, have at least two years experience ministering to a church. Lucado graduated from Abilene Christian University with a master's degree in Bible and Biblical Studies.

After graduation, Lucado became an associate minister at Central Church of Christ in Miami, Florida. His responsibilities initially included overseeing a singles' group and writing a column for the church's newsletter. After two years in Miami, the now newlywed Lucado and his wife, Denalyn Lucado, moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to become full-time missionaries. In 1987, Lucado's father died from Lou Gehrig's disease. After five years in Brazil, he brought his family back to the United States to be closer to his mother.

Oak Hills Church[edit]

In 1988, he was hired as a minister to the Oak Hills Church of Christ in San Antonio, Texas.[3] He stopped taking a salary from the church in 1990, because he was already an established successful author[1]. Lucado has been associated with teaching that was seen as too innovative by some and causing divisions amongst the Churches of Christ. Unlike the typical Churches of Christ, Oak Hills began using musical instruments in worship services and held the belief that baptism isn't required for salvation. Lucado no longer affiliates himself with the Churches of Christ. Under Lucado's ministry, Oak Hills dropped the "Church of Christ" affiliation from its name in 2003, calling itself simply "Oak Hills Church".[4][5][6]

After serving as the senior minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, TX for 20 years, Lucado announced in early 2007 that he was stepping down due to health concerns related to atrial fibrillation.[3] Lucado has since resumed the more limited ministry role of writing and preaching at Oak Hills with co-pastor Randy Frazee, formerly of Willow Creek Community Church of South Barrington, Illinois.

Opposition to homosexuality and gay rights[edit]

Critics have described Lucado as having "extreme views on gay rights". Lucado has argued publicly that same-sex marriage will lead to bigamy, bestiality and incest. He raised concerns around ‘legalized polygamy and other deviations’ that will ‘erode the traditional family’ for example "A marriage between a daddy and a daughter or a woman and giraffe? Don’t underestimate the evil bent of the human heart." He has argued that gay men and women "will not be allowed to enter the Kingdom of Heaven".[7]


Lucado has written almost 100 books with 100 million copies in print. He was recipient of the Charles "Kip" Jordon Gold Medallion Christian Book of the Year award three times for his books Just Like Jesus, In the Grip of Grace and When God Whispers Your Name),[8] and has also appeared regularly on several bestseller lists including the New York Times Best Seller List.[1]

Lucado was named "America's Pastor" by Christianity Today magazine and in 2005 was named by Reader's Digest as "The Best Preacher in America."[9] He has also been featured on The Fox News Channel, NBC Nightly News, Larry King Live, LLBN, and USA Today. He has been a featured speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast.[citation needed]



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  1. ^ a b c CBD Profile - Max Lucado "Lucado set a record by concurrently placing seven different Word titles on the CBA hardcover bestseller list in March and April 1997. In 1994, Lucado became the only author to have 11 of his 12 books in print simultaneously appear on paperback, hardcover and children’s CBA bestseller lists. A Max Lucado title has appeared on the CBA hardcover bestseller list every month for the last seven years."
  2. ^ "Several Famous People Held This Trying Summer Job". Retrieved 15 July 2011.
  3. ^ a b Lucado stepping down for health reasons, Christian Chronicle, May 2007, accessed March 3, 2014.
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  9. ^ Tiffany Taylor "'Reader's Digest' honors alumnus: Max Lucado named Best Preacher in America in magazine," Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. The Optimist (Abilene Christian University), April 29, 2005
  10. ^ Kilmer, Wendy. "ACU to honor Max Lucado with top alumni award". Abilene Christian University. Retrieved July 12, 2013.
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