Pastor Doug Batchelor
has experienced great extremes in his
long and winding journey from anti-social drug user to president of a worldwide ministry has helped shape him into an engaging speaker with whom audiences the world over can identify.
Today he is the senior pastor of Sacramento Central Church in California and the president of Amazing Facts.
hosts the weekly television program Amazing Facts Presents and the
As the teenage son of an aviation tycoon, young Doug
could have had anything money could buy, yet he
couldn't find true peace and happiness.
A troubled youth, he
fought at school, entertained suicidal fantasies, and eventually ran away from home when he
was just 15 years old.
Pastor Doug as a young man
Disgusted with life and convinced it had no meaning, Doug
was determined to experience life with reckless abandon.
turned to drugs, committed crimes, and spent time in jail, while also living on high adventure from stormy seas to blistering deserts.
But years later, a remote cave high in the mountains above Palm Springs became his
And even though his
father owned a yacht, a jet, and a Rolls-Royce, Doug
ended up scavenging for food in garbage bins.
The happiness Doug
searched for continued to elude him for years-until the day he
found a dust-covered
Today, Pastor Doug Batchelor is an energetic speaker with an unusual ability to communicate not only to church-oriented people but also to those who aren't religious.
spontaneous, lively humor and down-to-earth approach to living the Christian life engages and brings hope and meaning to hearts from every kind of background.
wife Karen have five children.
Currently living in Sacramento, his
hobbies include guitar, scuba diving, and racquetball.
is also an aviation enthusiast and pilot.