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The Purpose Driven Life

Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. He and his wife, Kay, began the church in their home in January 1980, with one family. Now, with 16,000 in attendance each weekend, and over 50,000 names on the church roll, Saddleback is one of America's largest and best-known churches. It has been named the fastest growing Baptist church in history and the largest church in the Southern Baptist Convention. In the past seven years, more than 9,200 new believers have been baptized at Saddleback. The church has also started 34 daughter churches, and has sent more than 4,000 of its member on mission projects around the world. Rick is the also founder of, a global Internet community that serves and mentors those in ministry worldwide. Over 60,000 pastors subscribe to Rick Warren's Ministry Toolbox, a free weekly email newsletter. Rick Warren is well known as the pioneer of The Purpose-Driven Church paradigm for church health. More than 250,000 pastors and church leaders from over 125 countries have attended Purpose-Driven Church seminars in 18 languages. Peter Drucker calls him "the inventor of perpetual revival." Rick's book, The Purpose-Driven Church, has sold over a million copies in 20 languages, and is the winner of the Gold Medallion Ministry Book of the Year. The Purpose-Driven Church is used as a textbook in most seminaries, and was selected as one of the 100 Christian Books That Changed the 20th Century. Beside The Purpose-Driven Church, Rick is the author of The Power to Change Your Life, Answers to Life's Difficult Questions, and Personal Bible Study Methods. Warren's newest book, The Purpose-Driven Life, will release in October and has more than 500,000 pre-publication orders to date. Rick was born in San Jose, California. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from California Baptist College, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. Other honors include the Biblical Preaching Award, several honorary doctorates, and Metro Magazine named him one of the 25 most influential people in Orange County, California. Rick and his wife, Kay, live in Trabuco Canyon, California. They have three children and a dog.