Max Lucado

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Max Lucado
Max Lucado portrait.jpg
Max Lucado in 2005
Born (1955-01-11) January 11, 1955 (age 63)
San Angelo, Texas
Occupation Writer, Preacher, Speaker
Alma mater Abilene Christian University
Period 1985–present
Genre Inspirational Christian Living, Children's
Notable awards Gold Medallion Book Award
Spouse Denalyn Lucado
Children Jenna Lucado
Andrea Lucado
Sara Lucado

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


Lucado was born on January 11, 1955 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. 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, 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.[1] He stopped taking a salary from the church in 1990, because he was already an established successful[citation needed] author. Lucado has been associated with teaching that was seem 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."[2][3][4]

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.[1] 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 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 affirmed that gay men and women will not be allowed to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.[5]


Lucado has written almost 100 books with 100 million copies in print, including three recipients of the Charles "Kip" Jordon Gold Medallion Christian Book of the Year (Just Like Jesus, In the Grip of Grace, and When God Whispers Your Name),[6] and has also appeared regularly on several bestseller lists including the New York Times Best Seller List.[7]

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."[8] 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]



Other publications[edit]


Mobile apps


Media Company to Release Companion CD & DVD to New Lucado Book

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  1. ^ a b Lucado stepping down for health reasons, Christian Chronicle, May 2007, accessed 2014-03-03.
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  6. ^ Christian Book of the Year Past Winners Archived 2007-04-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ 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."
  8. ^ Tiffany Taylor "'Reader's Digest' honors alumnus: Max Lucado named Best Preacher in America in magazine," Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine. The Optimist (Abilene Christian University), April 29, 2005
  9. ^ Kilmer, Wendy. "ACU to honor Max Lucado with top alumni award". Abilene Christian University. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  10. ^ 1990 Gold Medallion Book Awards Winners - Inspirational
  11. ^ 1992 Gold Medallion Book Awards Winners - Inspirational
  12. ^ 1993 Gold Medallion Book Awards Winners - Preschool Children
  13. ^ 1994 Gold Medallion Book Awards Winners - Gift Book/Poetry
  14. ^ 1995 Gold Medallion Book Awards Winners - Gift Book/Poetry Archived 2008-05-18 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ 1997 Gold Medallion Book Awards Winners - Inspirational
  16. ^ "Christmas Child: A Story of Coming Home". B& Review. 
  17. ^ 2000 Gold Medallion Book Awards Winners - Elementary Children
  18. ^ 2001 Gold Medallion Book Awards Winners - Inspirational
  19. ^ 2002 Gold Medallion Book Awards Winners - Christian Living
  20. ^ 2004 Gold Medallion Book Awards Winners - Inspirational
  21. ^ 2004 Gold Medallion Book Awards Winners - Bible Study
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  23. ^ 2005 Gold Medallion Book Awards Winners - Inspirational Archived 2007-10-13 at
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  26. ^ Idol Chatter, 13 Feb 2007
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