loren cunningham

Loren Cunningham
Founder of Youth With A Mission




Loren Cunningham is the Founder of Youth With A Mission (YWAM), an ever expanding global “family of ministries” born in 1960 which has reached into every nation. The work of YWAM encompasses evangelism, training and mercy ministries and is manned by nearly 20,000 full-time staff plus 25,000 students from more than 200 nationalities and a wide variety of denominations that serve at more than 1,300 YWAM locations in 180+ nations and dependent countries. More than four million students, short-term volunteers and staff have been a part of YWAM since its inception.
Loren is also the co-Founder and the International Chancellor of the University of the Nations (UofN), YWAM’s global university, and the leader of the Kona UofN Campus in Hawaii.
Since the university’s inception in 1978, the UofN has grown to offer more than 800 different kinds of courses and seminars (some of which are offered in 100+ languages), held at more than 600 locations/campuses in more than 142 countries. Hundreds of thousands of students have registered within the global UofN system and have taken at least a Discipleship Training School (the entry course and prerequisite for all other UofN courses, for pursuing a UofN degree, and/or for becoming YWAM staff).
Loren has personally gone to every sovereign nation on earth, all dependent countries, and more than 100 territories and islands, for the sake of the Gospel. This has given him valuable insights into global trends and uniquely prepares him to share God’s strategies for world evangelism.
Loren’s wisdom, experience, leadership understanding and call to build bridges of unity within the body of Christ have caused him to be sought out by leaders of nations and organizations worldwide. He usually speaks publicly on all six continents each year, and has spoken to live audiences from a few to more than a million people gathered in one location.
Born in Taft, California, Loren’s family heritage is rich with generations of Christian ministers. His educational background includes three Bachelor degrees, a Master of Science in Administration of Education, and three Honorary Doctorates. Loren is the author of five books: Is That Really You, God? (translated into more than 110 languages) Making Jesus Lord, Daring to Live on the Edge, Why Not Women? and The Book that Transforms Nations—the Power of the Bible to Change any Country.
Loren and his wife, Darlene who carries an active role of leadership with him, reside in Kona, Hawaii. The Cunninghams have two adult children. Karen is a UofN preschool teacher and David is a film director. David and his wife Judy have also given Loren and Darlene their most cherished title, promoting them to the role of “grandparents,” by producing three wonderful grandchildren.