Was born 1968, his mother died giving birth to him. His father remarried, and then his step mother died in a car accident when Francis was 9. Then his father died of cancer when he was 12 years old. The only close relatives he had were his aunt and uncle. But when he was in high school, his aunt and uncle got in a fight, and his uncle shot his wife then killed himself. [taken from The Balance Beam Speech]
By God’s grace and mercy, Francis came to know the Lord in high school. Chan was active in Christian youth groups which helped develop his faith in Christianity and his interest in ministry. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Masters College and a Master of Divinity degree from Masters Seminary.
Now Francis Chan is the founding pastor and teaching pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley, CA since 1994. He is the author of the best-selling book, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God. He has inspired many people with his ‘crazy love’ message. His passion and clarity in sharing the gospel has inspired many to seek the Kingdom of God wholeheartedly, with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, and with all your mind
-Jesus (Matthew 22:37)