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Skip Heitzig (born 1955) is the founder and senior pastor of Calvary of Albuquerque, a Calvary Chapel fellowship located in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[1]

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Personal

A native of Southern California, Heitzig has three siblings (his brother, Bob, died in a motorcycle accident in 1975). The Heitzig children were taught business skills from their father, Lou: how to play golf, how to speak in public, and how to close a business deal.[2].

Although he was raised in a religious home, Heitzig rebelled after getting caught up in the lifestyle of the 1960’s and early 1970’s.[3] After experiments with astral projection and New Age thought, Heitzig was moved to becaome a Christian while watching a TV message by Billy Graham. Shortly after this experience, Heitzig began to study under Pastor Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa.[4]

His early training in radiology was through UCLA which included an internship program at San Bernardino County Medical Center in San Bernardino, California. In 1981, Heitzig married his wife, Lenya, and together, they moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico to continue his work in the medical field.[1] Together, they have one son, Nathan.[5]

Ministry

In 1982, Heitzig began a home Bible study that eventually grew into Calvary of Albuquerque.[1] In 1988 and 1989, Calvary of Albuquerque was listed as one of the fastest growing churches in America.[6] In 2007, Calvary of Albuquerque was listed as one of the 20 largest churches in America.[7]

After a brief pastorate in San Juan Capistrano (Ocean Hills, 2004-2006), Heitzig returned to Calvary of Albuquerque as senior pastor in 2006,[8] following the resignation of the previous pastor, Pete Nelson, who alleged that Heitzig had been misusing his authority as chair of the church's Elders' Board.[9]

Presently, Heitzig serves on several Board of Directors, including Samaritan's Purse.

Education

Heitzig attended Victor Valley Community College in California and UCLA to gain his degree in radiology.

Heitzig earned his B.A. and M.A from Trinity Seminary, Newberg, Indiana.[10]

Publishing and Media

Heitzig is the author of several books and booklets. Of his noted works:

How To Study the Bible and Enjoy It (Tyndale House, 1996)

Jesus Up Close (Tyndale House, 2001)

When God Prays (Tyndale House, 2003).

Heitzig can be heard throughout the United States and worldwide on his radio broadcast, The Connection,[11] as well as various cable and internet-based television channels (His Channel, KNET)[12]

Music

As a musician, songwriter, and producer, Heitzig has been featured on several musical projects. Of note:

Lively Hearts (1999)

Everywhere I Go (2000)

Heitzig wrote the lyrics to the modern hymn (with Brian Nixon), Gloria Exaltus (2008) which was released on the album, Stars Shine Bright.[13]

T.V and Documentaries

Heitzig hosted the best selling video documentary Epicenter (Tyndale 2007), with best-selling author, Joel C. Rosenberg, as well as the documentary, The Jesus Boat (2009). Additionally, Heitzig has been a featured guest on several documentaries and video teachings, most notable among them, A Venture in Faith with Chuck Smith (1990).

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References

  1. ^ a b c Miller, Donald E. (1999). Reinventing American Protestantism. University of California Press. pp. 157–159. ISBN 9780520218116. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=BBWWeHnqH0YC&pg=PA157&dq=%22Skip+Heitzig%22&num=100. Retrieved 2008-11-02.  
  2. ^ His Channel Interview, His Channel Live, May 2008
  3. ^ Powderly, K. G., Jr (2002). One Faith-Many Transitions. iUniverse. pp. 394. ISBN 9780595249206. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=7KrSY0coj4MC&pg=PA394&dq=%22Skip+Heitzig%22&num=100. Retrieved 2008-11-02.  
  4. ^ Harvest, WFT Publishers, 1995
  5. ^ Skip Heitzig, skipheitzig.com
  6. ^ The Almanac of the Christian World. Tyndale House Publishers. 1988, 1989.  
  7. ^ "100 Largest U.S. Churches". Outreach Magazine. October 2007. http://www.outreachmagazine.com/docs/top100_2007_largest.pdf. Retrieved 2008-11-02.  
  8. ^ "Calvary reunion: New Mexico megachurch pastor returns after leadership conflict". Christianity Today. October 1, 2006. http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-20052081_ITM. Retrieved 2008-11-02.  Christianity Today, October 2006
  9. ^ "Unaccountable at Calvary Chapel". Christianity Today. May 8, 2006. http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2006/mayweb-only/119-12.0.html. Retrieved 2008-11-02.  
  10. ^ Jesus Up Close, Tyndale 2001
  11. ^ Connection Radio, connectionradio.org
  12. ^ His Channel, hischannel.com
  13. ^ The History of a Modern Hymn, Assist News, October 2008
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