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Greg Laurie serves as the Senior Pastor
The word pastor usually refers to an ordained leader of a Christian congregation. When used as an ecclesiastical styling or title, this role may be abbreviated to "Pr." or often "Ps"....

 of Harvest Christian Fellowship
Harvest Christian Fellowship
Harvest Christian Fellowship was founded in 1979 by Greg Laurie in Riverside, CA. Laurie is currently the senior pastor of thirty years. Harvest is a megachurch with a congregation of 15,000 and growing. The eighth largest church in America and third largest in California, they are currently...

 in Riverside, California
Riverside, California
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Laurie, who was born in Long Beach, California, became a Christian
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 under the ministry of Pentecostal evangelist
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 Lonnie Frisbee
Lonnie Frisbee
Lonnie Frisbee was an American Pentecostal evangelist and self-described "seeing prophet" and mystic in the late 1960s and 1970s...

. Then, at the age of 19, he had the opportunity to lead a Bible-study
Bible study (Christian)
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 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
United States
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Laurie holds two honorary doctorates from Biola University
Biola University
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 and Azusa Pacific University
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa Pacific University is a private, inter-denominational, evangelical Christian university located near Los Angeles in suburban Azusa, California. It was founded in 1899, with classes opening on March 3, 1900 in Whittier, California. It began offering degrees in 1939...

. He serves on the boards of directors for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is an organization started by Billy Graham in 1950. The main focus of the BGEA is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to as many people as possible...

and for Samaritan's Purse
Samaritan's Purse
Samaritan's Purse is a non-denominational evangelical Christian humanitarian organization that works worldwide to assist people in physical need alongside their Christian missionary work. The organization’s president is Franklin Graham, son of Christian evangelist Billy Graham...


Publishing and media

Laurie has written several books, including The Upside-Down Church (1999, co-authored with David Kopp: the book won a Gold Medallion Book Award
Gold Medallion Book Award
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 in the "Christian ministry' category
in 2000), Every Day with Jesus (1993), and Wrestling with God (2003). he has published Loser and Winners, Saints and Sinners: how to finish strong in the spiritual race. He also worked as a contributing author of study notes for the New Believer’s Bible and The Seeker’s Bible: New Testament : New Living Translation (Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2000, ISBN 0842339280).

Host of the television program Knowing God with Greg Laurie and of the syndicated radio program A New Beginning, Laurie has appeared on ABC World News Tonight, Fox News, MSNBC
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, and CNN
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. He also functions as a guest commentator at Worldnetdaily.com
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, and appears regularly on the Trinity Broadcasting Network
Trinity Broadcasting Network
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Laurie also founded (1990) and features as a speaker for public evangelistic events called Harvest Crusade
Harvest Crusade
The Harvest Crusades are evangelical Christian events held across the United States and in other countries at the invitation of local churches and Christian leaders. Since 1990, they have been attended by over 4 million people in stadiums, amphitheaters, and like venues. Greg Laurie is the founder...

s — large-scale evangelistic outreach projects which local churches organize nationally and internationally. Well over three million people Harvest Crusades in California, Seattle, Oregon, Philadelphia, New York, Hawaii, Florida, North Carolina, New Zealand and Australia.

Personal life

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.

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