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Jim Garlow is the pastor of Skyline Church located in La Mesa, California, a suburb of San Diego. Garlow is often cited as an evangelical leader in the political arena, quoted on issues such as the 2012 Republican presidential primary. 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.
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.
Garlow grew up in Concordia, Kansas. 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). Garlow has written 11 books including the New York Times best-seller "Cracking DaVinci's Code."