About Max Lucado

Max LucadoMax Lucado is a preacher with a storyteller’s gift — a pastor’s heart and a poet’s pen.

Max’s message is simple: God loves you; let him. Max serves the people of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he has been on staff since 1988. He preaches and writes to the hurting, the guilty, the lonely, the discouraged.

That message has traveled around the world in more than 54 languages via more than 120 million individual products. Most of these products are books (92 million), which have occupied spots on every major national bestseller list. Over the years Max Lucado has been featured in countless national media outlets, dubbed “America’s Pastor” by Reader’s Digest, and named one of the most influential leaders in social media by The New York Times.

Max Lucado (pronounced Luh-KAY-dough) was born in a small West Texas town, the youngest son of an oil field mechanic and a nurse. He grew up in church but took a different road as a teen, walking away from his parent’s faith. One summer night, after downing a six-pack of beer, Max began to wonder if there wasn’t more to life than parties and chasing girls. Not long afterward, a Bible class at nearby Abilene Christian University stirred his heart again, drawing the young student into the unconditional love of God.

Max left West Texas with a master’s degree in Biblical Studies and a deep desire to share God’s love and mercy with others. As associate pastor of a small church in Miami, Florida, he wrote a column in the weekly church newsletter. That writing experience ignited a powerful synergy between his passion for people, pastoral ministry, and writing. He also married Denalyn, now his wife of more than three decades.

In 1983 Max and Denalyn moved to Rio de Janeiro to help plant churches. During their five years in Brazil, Max continued to write, updating friends and family about their ministry. Eventually Max gathered those newsletters into a manuscript and sent them off to fifteen publishers. One publisher said yes.

Max Lucado’s first book, On the Anvil, was published in 1985. His 32nd book, Glory Days: Living Your Promised Land Life Now (September 2015), offers insight into living a “full throttle” life. “With God’s help you can close the gap between the person you are and the person you want to be,” writes Max.

Max serves as Minister of Preaching at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. He has ministered to this church for 25 years. Max and Denalyn have three grown daughters and two son-in-laws.


  • Birth Place: San Angelo, TX
  • Graduate: Andrews High School, Andrews, TXAdvanced Degrees:BA Mass Communications, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX
  • MA: Biblical and Related Studies, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX
  • Positions Held:Associate Minister, Central Church of Christ, Miami, FL
    Church Planting Missionary, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Currently serving as Preaching Minister, Oak Hills Church, San Antonio, TX


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Meeting Max

To meet Max in person: Max greets visitors between worship services at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, TX, when he is preaching. Please check the church preaching schedule or call the church office at (210) 698-6868 to confirm the dates you plan to visit. Any published speaking engagement or preaching date is subject to last minute change without notice. For worship times, directions, and schedule, visit the Oak Hills website: oakhillschurch.com.

About Max’s speaking schedule: Visit the Oak Hills Church website to view Max’s preaching schedule. Max and senior minister Randy Frazee share preaching responsibilities, with Max typically schedule to preach during the winter and spring months, and Randy during the summer and fall. For information on Max’s speaking engagements away from Oak Hills, visit the events calendar on MaxLucado.com.

To request Max Lucado as a speaker at a church, event, or conference: Our deadline for invitations is August 1 for events taking place the following calendar year. Invitations should be in writing, either by email or standard mail, and must include all pertinent details: information about the inviting organization, dates, times, number of messages, location, anticipated audience. We plan only one year in advance.

Each year in early fall, Max and his Advisory Committee meet to review all invitations. Priority placements on his calendar are his commitments to family, Oak Hills Church preaching responsibilities, and publishing duties. Once those commitments are in place, Max and the committee determine which additional events will find a place on his calendar. Max personally considers each letter carefully and prayerfully, and is deeply honored by every invitation.

Email requests to info@maxlucado.com.

Mail to:

Office of Max Lucado
Oak Hills Church
6929 Camp Bullis Road
San Antonio, TX 78256