Craig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of Life.Church. Launched in 1996, Life.Church has become one of the largest churches in the country, reaching over 70,000 people each weekend through 25 locations. Groeschel pioneered multi-site ministry in 2001, made possible by his groundbreaking use of video teaching. In 2006, Life.Church also started one of the first church online interactive ministries. Church Online now reaches between 110,000 – 130,000 people weekly. Known for the innovative use of technology to spread the Gospel, Life. Church is the creator of the YouVersion Bible App and Bible App for Kids. These free apps have been installed more than 235 million times in every country around the world.
Groeschel has inspired a new spirit of teamwork in the Church through global partnership initiatives and by resourcing churches freely through a suite of apps and tools like Open resources, where over 8 million free resources have been downloaded by more than 300,000 pastors and church leaders. A New York Times bestselling author, Groeschel enjoys investing in church leaders through speaking engagements like the Global Leadership Summit, Hillsong Conference, Catalyst, World Leaders Conference, and more. Craig, his wife, Amy, and their six children live in Edmond, Oklahoma.