About Rick Warren

Rick Warren is a trusted leader, innovative pastor, renowned author, and global influencer. A TIME magazine cover article named Pastor Rick the most influential spiritual leader in America and one of the 100 most influential people in the world. The various ministries Pastor Rick has created are a multi-faceted expression of his heart to see God work through the power of ordinary people in the local church.


Pastor Rick Warren and his wife, Kay, founded Saddleback Church in 1980 and have since established the Purpose Driven Network, Daily Hope, the PEACE Plan, and Hope for Mental Health. Pastor Rick is the co-founder of Celebrate Recovery with John Baker and continues to be at the forefront of the evangelical movement, encouraging churches everywhere to be a sanctuary for hope and healing.

You can listen to his daily radio broadcast at PastorRick.com.


Topping the New York Times bestseller list for the last three decades, Rick Warren’s books, published in 200 languages, are known for taking complex theological principles and translating them for people everywhere. His best-known books, The Purpose Driven Life and The Purpose Driven Church, were named three times in national surveys of pastors (by Gallup, Barna Group, and LifeWay) as the two most helpful books in print.

Global Influencer

Pastor Rick is recognized as America’s most influential spiritual leader, regularly advising international leaders in the public, private, and faith sectors on the most challenging issues of our time. He has spoken in 165 nations—including at the United Nations, the U.S. Congress, numerous parliaments, the World Economic Forum, TED, and the Aspen Institute—and lectured at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, and other universities.

Executive Director

Pastor Rick is executive director of the Finishing the Task coalition—a global movement of denominations, organizations, churches, and individuals working together on the Great Commission goals of ensuring that everyone, everywhere has access in their own language to a Bible, a believer’s witness, and a local body of Christ. The goal is to have the whole church bring the whole Gospel to the whole world by 2033.