Meet Tim & Beverly LaHaye

Tim and Beverly LaHaye have been married for more than 50 years. They met in the dining hall at Bob Jones University where both were students. Tim had just served two years in the Air Force and was looking for girls to date. Because Beverly Davenport was sitting next to him, he started with her. "Where are you from?" he asked. "Detroit," she answered. "Detroit!" he replied. "Thatís my home town, too!" He never dated any other girls. They were married in July of 1947. The LaHayes, who make their home in Rancho Mirage, California, have four children and nine grandchildren.

During their junior year in college, the LaHayes were called to pastor a country church in Pumpkintown (No kidding!), South Carolina. Their first daughter, Linda, was born there. Two years later, they moved to Minneapolis where he pastored, and shoveled snow, for six years. Sons Larry and Lee were born there. In 1958 they moved to San Diego where Tim became pastor of Scott Memorial Church, a position he held for 25 years. Daughter Lori was born in California. During that time Tim also started a Christian school that developed into a 10-school system and Christian Heritage College in nearby El Cajon. He is the founder of FamilyLife Seminars and the author of more than 40 books on such topics as family life, temperaments, and prophecy. Among those books is the The Act of Marriage, co-written with Beverly, which has sold more than 2.5 million copies since it was first printed in 1976.

In addition to being wife and mother, Beverly LaHaye is a nationally recognized advocate and spokeswoman on issues affecting women and the family. Voted Christian Woman of the Year in 1984 and Churchwoman of the Year in 1988, she also received a Religious Freedom Award in 1991, and in 1993 her nationally syndicated daily radio program, Beverly LaHaye Live, was named Talk Show of the Year. Her many books include The Spirit-Controlled Woman and The Desires of a Womanís Heart. Her crowning achievement is Concerned Woman for America, the nationís largest public policy pro-family womenís organization. Advocating school prayer and opposition to abortion, the organization has over 500,000 members.

Tim LaHaye left the pulpit in 1981 in order to devote more time to politics and to writing. One of his most popular writing projects has been the best-selling Left Behind series of novels, written with collaborator Jerry Jenkins. Though they have been termed "prosperous prophets" by People magazine, LaHaye has not climbed on the bandwagon of apocalyptic authors as a newcomer. Heís been spreading the word for decades in such books as Revelation, Illustrated and Made Plain; How to Study Bible Prophecy for Yourself; and No Fear of the Storm: Why Christians Will Escape the Tribulation. In a People magazine interview, Beverly LaHaye says, "Iím the one who likes to put on the nuts and bolts. Tim is the visionary, a person a little bit ahead of his time."

In fact, both of the LaHayes are a little ahead of their time, having devoted the last 20 years to matters that many Christians have only recently become concerned aboutófamily values, political involvement, world poverty, and hunger. And although their resumes read like a "Whoís Who" in Christian service, Tim and Beverly LaHaye remain most proud of their accomplishments as parents and grandparents. "Having a wonderful home with four children who love their mother and nine grandchildren who love their grandmother," says Beverly, "is the greatest reward I could ever get" (Family Voice).

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