Passion exists to see a generation leverage their lives for what matters most
To live in such a way that their journey on earth counts for what is most important in the end. For us at Passion, that’s the fame of the One who rescues and restores, and the privilege we have to amplify His name in everything we do.
While we host large gatherings, Passion is more than a conference. More than an event. More than a feeling. Passion is you and me saying goodbye to lesser things and saying yes to Jesus, the One whose name is above every name.
"Yes Lord, walking in the way of your truth we wait eagerly for you, for your name and renown are the desire of our souls."
— Isaiah 26:8
Louie and Shelley Giglio
Louie is the Visionary Architect and Director of the Passion Movement, comprised of Passion Conferences, Passion City Church, Passion Publishing and sixstepsrecords, and the founder of Passion Global Institute. Shelley is the Chief Strategist, Director of Label Operations and Artist Management for sixstepsrecords, co-founder of the Passion Movement, and leads The GROVE, a gathering for the girls of Atlanta.
Louie and Shelley, together founded Passion Conferences in 1997, uniting college-aged people in events around the globe—most recently gathering over 40,000 students at Passion 2016 in Atlanta and Houston. In 2009, sensing God calling them to extend the heartbeat of Passion to the local church, they planted Passion City in the city of Atlanta.
Louie and Shelley have a desire to see their neighborhood and the world come to know the grace we have found in Jesus.
One of the most impactful and stirring aspects of the Passion movement has been the sea of voices uniting together to lift up the name of Jesus, currently helmed by Kristian Stanfill, Brett Younker and Melodie Malone. Songs such as “One Thing Remains” and “Even So Come” have become some of the most recognizable and unforgettable worship anthems of this generation. The 2016 release, Salvation’s Tide Is Rising, brings another strong collection of songs that build upon the legacy of global impact through worship.
With songs including “How Great is Our God,” “Jesus Messiah,” “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone),” “Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies), “Our God,” and most recently, “Good Good Father,” to name a few, Chris Tomlin continues to write songs that help people voice their worship to God. With nine records, numerous No. 1 radio singles, a GRAMMY® Award, 21 Dove Awards, one platinum and five gold albums to his credit, Chris Tomlin is among the most well-known and influential artists in music.
Christine Caine has a heart for reaching the lost, equipping leaders, empowering the local church, and championing the cause of justice. Led by Jesus’ last command to, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19), Christine travels the world teaching the gospel and inspiring her audiences to connect with their God-given purpose and potential. As director of Equip and Empower Ministries, Christine is an avid believer in the hope-giving power of the local church and is passionate about the responsibility of the church to rise up and make a difference in the lives of hurting people around the world.
Christine and her husband Nick are the founders of The A21 Campaign, an anti-human trafficking organization with the ambition of abolishing slavery in the 21st century. She has authored five books, including Undaunted and her most recent release, UNSTOPPABLE: Running the Race You Were Born to Win, and “Can I Have (and do) It All, Please?” but her proudest accomplishment is being Nick’s wife and Catherine and Sophia’s mum.
Crowder has been embraced for his lyrically powerful and musically elaborate and unpredictable songs that have found themselves being sung everywhere from churches to clubs all across the country. In November 2012, Crowder released his first solo project, Crowder: iTunes® Session which delivered nine stripped down organic tracks to many of Crowder’s most loved originals. As part of the David Crowder*Band, they were named one of the “most thoughtful, progressive and exciting acts in contemporary Christian music” by The New York Times, garnering two GRAMMY® nominations, nine Dove Awards, 22 Dove nominations and selling nearly two million albums and three million digital tracks during their career. The band released their final collection of new music with the GRAMMY® nominated project, Give Us Rest (A Requiem Mass in C [The Happiest of All Keys]). The record entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 2 and gave the band their highest debut in their 12-year career. Continuing to perform as part of the Passion movement, participating in university student gatherings in the US and around the world, Crowder has also penned two books including his acclaimed release, “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, but Nobody Wants to Die.” Crowder’s solo album debut, Neon Steeple, will be available on May 27, 2014.
Best-selling book and Bible study author Beth Moore is a dynamic teacher whose conferences take her across the globe. She is a dedicated wife, and mother of two adult daughters and three delightful grandchildren. Beth lives in Houston, Texas, where she leads Living Proof Ministries with the purpose of encouraging and teaching women to know and love Jesus through the study of Scripture.
With songs like “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord),” “Your Grace Finds Me,” “The Wonderful Cross,” “Blessed Be Your Name,” and “The Heart of Worship,” Matt Redman’s songwriting is synonymous with integrity and continues to impact churches around the world. Leading a generation of worshipers, his songs have been recorded by Chris Tomlin, Michael W. Smith, David Crowder*Band, Matt Maher, Hillsong and Passion among others. A key songwriter for today’s church and an active worship leader for Passion conferences around the world, Redman has a history of success having garnered two GRAMMY Awards and an ASCAP Award for the song, 10,000 Reasons and additionally, eight Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. The single “10,000 Reasons” has been certified Platinum with over one million downloads by RIAA. Redman currently has three songs populating the Top-5 of the CCLI chart, compiled by churches reporting songs led weekly.
John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary For over 30 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the author of more than 50 books and more than 30 years of his preaching and teaching is available free at desiringGod.org. John and his wife, Noel, have four sons, one daughter, and twelve grandchildren.
Over the last few years, Hillsong UNITED has evolved as a band, but never lost focus on their one purpose and passion: Worship. Creative, diverse and not limited to any one demographic, the heart of Hillsong UNITED is to create music that reveals the truth of who Jesus is.
Levi Lusko is the pastor of Fresh Life Church, a multi-site church in Montana, is the founder of Skull Church and the O2 Experience and author of “Through the Eyes of a Lion.” He and his wife Jennie have four daughters, Alivia, Daisy, Clover, and Lenya, who is in heaven.
With songs including “Let It Be Jesus,” “Waiting Here For You,” “Healing Is In Your Hands,” “My Anchor,” and “A Mighty Fortress,” Christy Nockels has long had a huge appreciation for music and the role it plays in the kingdom of God. As a worship leader for many years, she has been an integral part of Passion Conferences from its inception in 1997. She’s seen first hand how music can sweep people into the presence of God in a powerful way. On her latest release, Let It Be Jesus, Christy’s prayer is to further explore biblical truths that elevate our worship and bind us in our hearts even closer to our creator. Christy believes that her calling in life “is to be a songwriter for my generation to proclaim Jesus’ renown.”
Francis Chan is the best-selling author of Crazy Love, Forgotten God, Erasing Hell and the host of the BASIC.series (Who Is God & We Are Church). Currently, Francis is planting churches in the San Francisco area and recently launched a countrywide discipleship movement called Multiply with David Platt. Together, Francis and his wife Lisa raise their five children in Northern California and are co-authors of the new book You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity. For more information, check out youandmeforever.org and @youandmeforever.
Katherine & Jay Wolf
Katherine & Jay Wolf are survivors and storytellers, advocates and evangelists. In 2008, at the age of 26, Katherine nearly died from a catastrophic brainstem stroke. Her survival and recovery, not to mention that of her marriage and family, have been nothing short of miraculous. Katherine and Jay are in full-time ministry together through HOPE HEALS, leveraging their story to encourage those with broken bodies, broken brains, and broken hearts. Engaging both faith-based and secular communities, they seek to bridge the gap between those disabled on the outside and those disabled on the inside with the hope that Jesus brings healing to the deepest pains we all carry. They co-authored their first book, HOPE HEALS, published by Zondervan in April 2016. They currently reside in Los Angeles with their two sons, James and John.