Dr. Tim LaHaye is a noted author, minister, counselor, and
nationally recognized speaker on Bible prophecy. Co-author
of the Left Behind series, it was LaHaye's idea to
fictionalize an account of the Rapture and the Tribulation.
LaHaye is the founder and president of Tim LaHaye
Ministries and the founder of the PreTrib Research Center.
Currently, LaHaye speaks at many of the major Bible
prophecy conferences in the United States and Canada.
For 25 years LaHaye pastored one of the nation's
outstanding churches in San Diego, California, which grew
to three locations. During this time, he also founded two
accredited Christian high schools, a school system of 10
Christian schools and Christian Heritage College, and
assisted Dr. Henry Morris in the founding of the Institute
for Creation Research, the nation's foremost exponent of
LaHaye has written more than 45 books on a wide range of
subjects such as family life, temperaments and Bible
prophecy. One of his bestsellers from Tyndale House
Publishers is The Spirit-Controlled Temperament. His
current novels, the Left Behind series, co-authored with
Jerry B. Jenkins, are the all-time best-selling Christian
fiction series. Five books in the series—The Indwelling,
The Mark, Desecration, The Remnant, and Armageddon—debuted
at number one on the best-seller lists for The New York
Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and The Wall Street
Journal, with Desecration attaining the status of top-
selling hardcover book for 2001. Series sales have exceeded
57 million copies, including Left Behind: The Kids series
and audio products. The highly anticipated twelfth book,
Glorious Appearing, will release in Spring 2004.
LaHaye originated the idea of a novel about the Second
Coming. "Sitting on airplanes and watching the pilots," he
told People magazine, "I'd think to myself, 'What if the
Rapture occurred on an airplane?'" LaHaye looked for a co-
writer for several years and was then introduced to Jerry
B. Jenkins through their mutual agent, Rick Christian,
president of the Colorado Springs literary agency, Alive
Communications, who also negotiated the book deal.
LaHaye holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Western
Theological Seminary and has been awarded the Doctor of
Literature degree from Liberty University.
LaHaye's wife, Beverly, is founder and chairman of the
board of Concerned Women for America. The Atlanta Journal
Constitution referred to the LaHayes as the "Evangelical