Jim Garlow

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Jim Garlow is the pastor of Skyline Church located in La Mesa, California, a suburb of San Diego.[1] Garlow is often cited as an evangelical leader in the political arena, quoted on issues such as the 2012 Republican presidential primary.[2][3] He is a leader in the "pulpit freedom" movement, which insists that pastors should be free to carry out political advocacy from the pulpit in defiance of Internal Revenue Service regulations.[4]

Political activities[edit]

In 2008, Garlow and Skyline Church were noted for their leading role in organizing conservative religious groups to support California Proposition 8, which affirmed marriage to be between one man and one woman in California.[5][6]

In 2010, Garlow was appointed by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich as chairman of Renewing American Leadership, the non-profit organization Gingrich created.[7]


Garlow got his start in ministry at the First Baptist Church in Concordia, Kansas.

Garlow grew up in Concordia, Kansas.[7] He earned a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Drew University, a Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary and Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, Bachelor and Master's degrees from Southern Nazarene University, and an associates degree from Oklahoma Wesleyan University (originally as Miltonvale Wesleyan College, now closed).[8] Garlow has written 11 books including the New York Times best-seller "Cracking DaVinci's Code."[7]


  1. ^ Maxwell, John C. (2002). "Chapter 10: How Can I Make My Leadership Last?". Leadership 101. Nashville: Thomas Nelson. p. 107. ISBN 9780785264194. 
  2. ^ "Updated: Evangelicals' backing gives Santorum major boost,". CNN. January 26, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Conservative activists scramble to stop Mitt Romney". Washington Post. January 10, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Clergy warned about ‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’". Iowa Independent. September 30, 2011. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ Strom, Stephanie (September 30, 2011). "The Political Pulpit". The New York Times. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ Garrison, Jessica (June 26, 2008). "Pastor rallies clergy against gay marriage". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c "Former Concordia resident chosen by Gingrich". The Salina Journal. March 27, 2010. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  8. ^ "James Garlow profile". Londen Institute for Evangelism. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 

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