Rick Warren

Richard Duane “Rick” Warren (1954-) is founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church in lake Forest, California. He is also a bestselling author, known for his popular titles The Purpose Driven Church and The Purpose Driven Life. In 2005 he launched the global PEACE plan, a global outreach initiative designed to mobilize the Western church toward social justice missions. Warren is active in matters of faith and politics: during the 2008 election he hosted both presidential candidates at the Civil Forum on the Presidency, held at his home church. He also offered the invocation at Barack Obama’s inauguration as President. Warren is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.

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A Regular Purpose-Driven Guy
A Regular Purpose-Driven Guy
Rick Warren's genius is in helping pastors see the obvious
Purpose Driven in Rwanda
Purpose Driven in Rwanda
Rick Warren's sweeping plan to defeat poverty.
Mystic with a Spreadsheet
Mystic with a Spreadsheet
Journalist Jeffery Sheler provides a probing biography of the two Rick Warrens.
  • Look Outside America for Fresh Insight on American Evangelicals
    Look Outside America for Fresh Insight on American Evangelicals
    Melani McAlister’s new history aims to capture what the familiar political story leaves out.
  • Rick Warren: What I Learned from Billy
    Rick Warren: What I Learned from Billy
    Focus. Integrity. And a God-directed heart.
  • Amazon's Alexa Delivers Your Daily Devo in Your Favorite Authors' Voices
    Amazon's Alexa Delivers Your Daily Devo in Your Favorite Authors' Voices
    Hear Ann Voskamp, Shauna Niequist, and others straight from your smart device.
  • Celebs from Michael Phelps to Kim Kardashian Want a Purpose-Driven Life
    Celebs from Michael Phelps to Kim Kardashian Want a Purpose-Driven Life
    The bestseller's buzz has not died down 15 years later.
  • Kay Warren: Stop Sending Cheery Christmas Cards
    Kay Warren: Stop Sending Cheery Christmas Cards
    When you don't mention our son's tragic death, it only hurts more.
  • Pope Francis Learns What Rick Warren, Russell Moore, N. T. Wright Think about Marriage
    Pope Francis Learns What Rick Warren, Russell Moore, N. T. Wright Think about Marriage
    (UPDATED) Warren turns Vatican conference into 'revivalist meeting,' while Moore explains why marriage crosses theological boundaries.
  • The Trouble with Touchy-Feely Faith
    The Trouble with Touchy-Feely Faith
    A historian explores the sappier side of evangelical life.
  • Can Churches Separate Mental Illness and Shame?
    Can Churches Separate Mental Illness and Shame?
    Rick Warren confronts one more "last taboo."
  • 'Stop Stereotyping Us,' Demand Distressed Asian American Evangelical Leaders
    After Rick Warren and Exponential jokes go awry, more than 80 leaders explain why they are 'weary, hurt, and disillusioned.'
  • Why Rick Warren's Facebook Photo Angered Asian American Christians
    Failed attempt at humor comes as Saddleback prepares to launch Hong Kong campus.