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Rick Warren Biography, Career, Ministry, Age, Family, Education, Wife, and Net Worth.
Who is Rick Warren?
Rick Warren ( Richard Duane Warren) is an American author and Baptist evangelical Christian pastor. Furthermore, he is the senior pastor of and founder of Saddleback Church. Saddleback Church is an evangelical megachurch associated with the Southern Baptist Convention in Lake Forest, California.
According to him, he was called to a full-time ministry when he was a 19-year-old student at California Baptist University. Together with his friend in 1973, skipped class and they drove 350 miles to hear WA Criswell preach at the Jack Tar Hotel in San Francisco. “I feel led to lay hands on you and pray for you!” Warren said after waiting to shake hands with Criswell, who focused on Warren and said, “I feel led to lay hands on you and pray for you!”
Rick began started writing books while he was still attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he worked at the Texas Ranch for Christ, a Billie Hanks Jr. ministry center. With Hanks and Wayne Watts, he co-wrote two books: The Victory Scripture Memory Series and Twelve Dynamic Bible Study Methods for Laity.
Bible Study Group
Together with his wife and other seven members, they began a bible study group in 1980. The group was started at their Saddleback Valley condo, located in Orange County, California. In April of that same year, Rick held the Church’s first public service on Easter Sunday at the Laguna Hill High School Theater, where 200 people attended. His Church’s growth resulted in expansion, where it has used about 80 facilities in its 35 years of legacy. Currently, the Church has around 20 thousand attendance every week.
Furthermore, Rick has been honored to appear at the United Nations, the World Economic Forum in Davos, the African Union, the Council on Foreign Relations, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, TED, and Time’s Global Health Summit, among others. Since 2005, he has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).
Furthermore, in August 2008, he gained national attention after he hosted the Civil Forum on the Presidency. He went ahead and featured senators John McCain and Barack Obama at the Saddleback Church. Furthermore, the forum was televised live on national television. Moreover, the forum was McCain and Obama’s first joint speech as the presumptive Republican and Democratic presidential candidates.
Rick was appointed to give the invocation at President-elect Obama’s inaugural ceremony in December 2008. Pro-choice and LGBT activists were outraged by the ruling, and both Obama and Rick were chastised as a result. However, Obama disagreed with Warren’s views on abortion and same-sex marriage. But he went ahead and defended his choice of Warren, saying that there should be space for debate on those difficult social issues.
After it was announced that Warren would be the keynote speaker at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Commemorative Service on January 19, 2009, the day before the inauguration, it led to more debate. However, Rick went ahead and gave the invocation on January 20, 2009, and it was widely acclaimed for its optimistic message.
Rick together with the Reader’s Digest Association teamed up in January 2009 to launch the Purpose Driven Link. The Purpose Driven link was a quarterly publication distributed as part of a multimedia bundle. Moreover, the partners confirmed in November 2009 that the journal had not attracted enough paid subscribers. Due to this, the magazine would be discontinued after the fourth issue was published that month.
He always taught that one day the publication will become the Purpose Driven philosophy of ministry to individual pastors who named or wrote him in Saddleback’s early days. Furthermore, he developed skills while teaching the material through his involvement with Fuller Theological Seminary’s Institute for Evangelism and Church Growth. Moreover, his best-selling book, The Purpose Driven Church, was published in 1995 by Zondervan. Moreover, the book refined many of the lessons he had learned since he founded the Saddleback Church and perfected them through years of teaching other pastors.
After he shared the “Saddleback Story”, the book made a case for building a church around five purposes ( worship fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism) through what Rick called a ” crowd to core” method of church growth. Moreover, he went ahead and urged churches to reach out to their communities, drew in a crowd, convert visitors to adherents, mature those members into pastors, and send them out on a mission. (From the table of contents of The Purpose Driven Church).
Furthermore, in 2004 over 10,000 churches of various denominations attended a seminar or a conference which was led by Rick.
Rick together with Kay of Saddleback Church, founded the P.E.A.C.E. Plan, a humanitarian development program for churches.
How Old Is Rick Warren?
He was born on January 28th, 1954, and currently, he is aged 67 years old.
Who are Ricks’ parents?
He was born in San Jose California to Jimmy and Dot Warren. Warren followed in his father’s footsteps since his father was a Baptist minister. On the other hand, his mother worked as a high school librarian.
Does he have Siblings?
He has two siblings Jim C. Warren and Chaundel Warren
Rick Warren Education
Warren attended the Ukiah High School in 1972, where he founded the first Christian club on the school’s campus. After that, he joined California Baptist University in Riverside, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Furthermore, he went ahead and enrolled in Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1979, where he graduated with a Master of Divinity degree. Furthermore, he has a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Fuller Theology Seminary in Pasadena California.
He is married to Kay Warren, the couple got married on June 21st, 1975.
Rick Warren Kid/ children
The couple is blessed with three kids and four grandchildren. However, on April 6th, 2013, his youngest son, Mathew committed suicide after suffering from mental health for 10 years.
Rick Warren Height
He stands at 1.8m tall and weighs 80kg
Rick Warren’s Net Worth
As of 2021, his net worth is $25 million.
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