Max Lucado (born January 11, 1955) is a best-selling Christian author and writer and preacher at Oak Hills Church (formerly the Oak Hills Church of Christ) in San Antonio, Texas.

Lucado was born on January 11, 1955 in San Angelo, Texas, the youngest of four children to Jack and Thelma Lucado. He grew up in Andrews, Texas. His father was an oil field worker, while his mother served as a nurse.

Lucado attended Abilene Christian University where he received an undergraduate degree in Mass Communication. Initially he wished to become a lawyer, but has said that a required Bible course at the university and a mission trip made him change his mind, deciding instead to become a missionary. However, this required that Lucado get a graduate degree in Bible and Biblical Studies; and, have at least two years experience ministering to a church. Lucado graduated from Abilene Christian University with a master’s degree in Bible and Biblical Studies.

After graduation, Lucado became an associate minister at Central Church of Christ in Miami, Florida. His responsibilities initially included overseeing a singles’ group and writing a column for the church’s newsletter. After two years in Miami, the now newlywed Lucado and his wife, Denalyn, moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to become full-time missionaries. In 1987, Lucado’s father died from Lou Gehrig’s disease. After five years in Brazil, he brought his family back to the United States to be closer to his mother.

In 1988, he was hired as a minister to the Oak Hills Church of Christ in San Antonio, Texas. He stopped taking a salary from the church in 1990, because he was already an established successful author. Lucado has been associated with some progressive teaching causing divisions amongst some Churches of Christ. Unlike the typical Churches of Christ, Oak Hills began using musical instruments in worship services and held the belief that baptism isn’t required for salvation. Lucado no longer affiliates himself with the Churches of Christ. Under Lucado’s ministry, Oak Hills dropped the “Church of Christ” affiliation from its name in 2003, calling itself simply “Oak Hills Church.”

After serving as the senior minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, TX for 20 years, Lucado announced in early 2007 that he was stepping down due to health concerns related to atrial fibrillation. Lucado has since resumed the more limited ministry role of writing and preaching at Oak Hills with co-pastor Randy Frazee, formerly of Willow Creek Community Churchof South Barrington, Illinois.


Lucado has written almost 100 books with 80 million copies in print, including three recipients of the Charles “Kip” Jordon Gold Medallion Christian Book of the Year (Just Like JesusIn the Grip of Grace, and When God Whispers Your Name), and has also appeared regularly on several bestseller lists including the New York Times Best Seller List.

Lucado was named “America’s Pastor” by Christianity Today magazine and in 2005 was named by Reader’s Digest as “The Best Preacher in America.” He has also been featured on The Fox News Channel, NBC Nightly News, Larry King Live, LLBN, and USA Today. He has been featured speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast.


  • B.A. Abilene Christian University (1977)
  • M.A. Abilene Christian University

Book Written By Max Lucado

  • On the Anvil: 
  • No Wonder They Call Him the Savior
  • God Came Near.
  • Six Hours One Friday: 
  • The Applause of Heaven.
  • In the Eye of the Storm
  • Just In Case You Ever Wonder
  • And the Angels Were Silent
  • Tell Me the Story
  • He Still Moves Stones
  • Tell Me the Secrets
  • The Crippled Lamb
  • When God Whispers Your Name
  • The Children of the King
  • The Final Week of Jesus
  • A Gentle Thunder.
  • The Song of the King
  • The Inspirational Study Bible
  • In the Grip of Grace
  • The Glory of Christmas,
  • God’s Inspirational Promises
  • Walking with the Savior
  • Alabaster’s Song
  • Life Lessons Bible Study Guides 1996-1998.
  • You Are Special,
  • Cosmic Christmas: An Angel’s Story,
  • The Greatest Moments
  • The Cross
  • The Heart of Christmas, 1998.
  • Just Like Jesus
  • The Christmas Cross
  • Let the Journey Begin,
  • When Christ Comes
  • Just the Way Your Are
  • The Gift for All People
  • Opening Windows, 1999.
  • Because I Love You,
  • Topical Bible Study Series, 1999-2000.
  • He Chose the Nails,
  • Grace for the Moment,
  • In the Footsteps of Jesus,
  • Small Gifts in God’s Hands,
  • Traveling Light
  • America Looks Up
  • One Incredible Moment,
  • Safe in the Shepherd’s Arms
  • Just For You
  • A Love Worth Giving, .
  • Traveling Light for Mothers
  • He Chose You
  • Just Like Jesus (Devotional), 2002.
  • A Heart Like Jesus, 2002.
  • What the Cross Means to Me, 2002.
  • Next Door Savior
  • Experiencing the Heart of Jesus,
  • God Thinks You’re Wonderful
  • It’s Not About Me
  • Come Thirsty
  • Everyday Blessings
  • The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People” 
  • Cure for the Common Life
  • Turn
  • God’s Mirror
  • The Way Home: A Princess Story
  • God’s Promises For You, 2006. (Updated Edition)
  • Your Special Gift,
  • Grace For The Moment II
  • Facing Your Giants
  • Every Day Deserves a Chance
  • 3:16: The Numbers of Hope
  • Cast Of Characters
  • Fearless
  • You Changed My Life,
  • The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible, NKJV,
  • Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference,
  • Max on Life; Answers and Inspiration for Today’s Questions, 2011.
  • God’s Story, Your Story: When His Becomes Yours,
  • God’s Story, Your Story: Youth Edition,
  • The Christmas Candle
  • You’ll Get Through This
  • Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe

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