Who is Greg Laurie?
Greg Laurie (1952 - present) serves as the Senior Pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California.
Laurie, who was born in Long Beach, California, became a Christian under the ministry of Pentecostal evangelist Lonnie Frisbee. Then, at the age of 19, he had the opportunity to lead a Bible-study of 30 people originally started by Frisbee at All Saints Episcopal Church in Riverside, California. The church that formed from this group has grown to become one of the largest churches in the United States.
Laurie holds two honorary doctorates from Biola University and Azusa Pacific University. He serves on the board of directors for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
Publishing and media
Laurie has written several books, including The Upside-Down Church (1999, co-authored with David Kopp): this book won a Gold Medallion Book Award in the "Christian ministry' category in 2000.
Host of the syndicated radio program A New Beginning, Laurie has appeared on ABC World News Tonight, Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN. He is also a guest commentator at Worldnetdaily.com and appears regularly on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN).
Laurie is a speaker for public evangelistic events called Harvest Crusades, founded by him in 1990. They are large-scale evangelistic outreach projects which local churches organize nationally and internationally. It has been estimated that more than four million people have attended Harvest Crusades in California, Chicago, Seattle, Oregon, Philadelphia, New York, Hawaii, Florida, North Carolina, New Zealand and Australia.
Laurie resides in Newport Beach with his wife, Catherine. They have had two sons, Christopher (1975–2008) and Jonathan (1986). On July 24, 2008 his son Christopher was killed in a traffic crash. He was traveling alone in the carpool lane of one of the area's main traffic arteries when he hit a California Department of Transportation dump truck. He was traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of the collision.
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