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Luis Palau

Luis Palau

Luis Palau, Jr. (born November 27, 1934) is an international Christian evangelist living in the Portland area in Oregon, United States. He was born in Argentina and moved to Portland in his mid-twenties to enroll in a graduate program in Biblical studies.

Palau had a long and close relationship with evangelist Billy Graham, and has been characterized by many as Graham's successor. "One of the world’s leading evangelical Christian figures,"[1] he is known for his strong appeal to young people, and for his efforts to reach out to secular leaders to address issues like homelessness.

In 2007, he was estimated to have shared Christian teachings with 25 million people in 70 nations.[2] Palau's ministry employs 70 people in Beaverton, Oregon and another 25 around the world.[3]


  • Early life 1
  • Settling in Oregon 2
  • Growing local popularity and secular service 3
  • Works 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Luis Palau, Jr. was born November 27, 1934 in

  • Luis Palau Evangelistic Association web site

External links

  • PALAU Luis International Who's Who. accessed September 1, 2006.
  1. ^ Robbins, Liz (9 July 2015). "Central Park Festival to Highlight New York’s Vibrant Evangelical Movement".  
  2. ^ "World renowned evangelist, Luis Palau, is keynote speaker at Hillsboro's Prayer Breakfast".  
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Luis Palau Jr. path to the United States: Biography". The Oregonian. November 3, 2003. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Oppel, Shelby (November 3, 2003). "The Monday Profile. A man with a message – Luis Palau: 50 years of making the case for Christ". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  5. ^ Haught, Nancy (June 24, 2005). "In Portland: Evangelist Palau drew inspiration, help from Graham". The Oregonian. 
  6. ^ a b c d Dawdy, Philip (August 25, 1999). "Closing for Christ". Willamette Week. 
  7. ^ Linn, Sarah (November 2, 2003). "Evangelist Luis Palau targets younger crowd". The Columbian (Associated Press). 
  8. ^ Luis Palau to Meet Bush in China, Wrap Up Visit |
  9. ^ Shanghai Daily | 上海日报 - English Window to China News
  10. ^ McIntosh, Don (June 20, 2007). "Holy Alliance!". Willamette Week. 
  11. ^ "Portland's season of service". The Oregonian. February 15, 2008. 
  12. ^ Krattenmaker, Tom (March 23, 2008). "Societal challenges". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2008-03-29. 


  • Where Is God When Bad Things Happen?
  • What To Do When You Don't Want To Go To Church
  • Calling America and the Nations to Christ
  • God is Relevant
  • High Definition Life
  • A Friendly Dialogue between an Atheist and a Christian ISBN 978-0-310-28533-5

Palau has written numerous books including:


Palau got in touch with fellow evangelicals, and cooperated with Portland Commissioner Erik Sten, Potter, Beaverton Mayor Rob Drake, and Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis in 2008 in planning his August 22–23 festival, which will focus on volunteerism in support of the homeless. Palau's last Portland event drew about 140,000 people over two days.[11] Palau addressed 500 Christian pastors in March 2008, joined by Portland City Commissioner Sam Adams, in the buildup to the August event. He calls the effort the "Season of Service."[12]

Palau makes a point of staying out of politics, refusing to endorse ballot measures or candidates. Recently he has partnered with secular leaders as well. Former Portland Mayor Vera Katz did not attend his first big Portland event in 1999,[6] but her successor, Mayor Tom Potter, who is not a churchgoer, approached Palau at a 2005 Portland appearance by First Lady Laura Bush. Potter asked for Palau's assistance in getting other evangelical leaders to address Portland's homelessness problems.[10]

[9]A Friendly Dialogue Between An Atheist and a Christian. is entitled Zondervan He launched a book venture after holding a conversation with a former government Chinese official during his trip to Beijing; Palau launched a book venture based on the transcribed work. The book, now published by [8] In November 2005, Palau visited

In August 2003, Palau mobilized several thousand volunteers from numerous churches to "spruce up" local public schools.[4]

As of 2003, he hosted three daily radio programs: an English show carried by 900 stations in 23 countries, and two Spanish programs carried by 880 stations in 25 countries.[3] In that year he was noted for being "at the forefront of efforts to make evangelism more active, contemporary and accessible to a younger audience,"[7] and his ministry's annual budget was estimated at $11 million.[4]

In 1999, a writeup in a Portland weekly newspapers noted that Palau had assembled an 80,000 member audience in "the nation's least-churched major city." It also noted the contrast with the previous large revival, led by an aging Graham, which drew larger numbers but not as many young people as Palau's. Media coverage of Palau's event mentioned Palau as a potential successor to Graham.[6] The annual budget of his ministry was estimated that year at $6 million.[6]

Palau presently resides in Cedar Mill, Oregon. His ministry, the Luis Palau Evangelical Association, is based in nearby Beaverton. Three of his four sons work for his ministry.[4]

Growing local popularity and secular service

Palau arrived in Portland in 1960 to attend a graduate program at Multnomah Bible College,[3] from which he graduated in 1961.[6] His travel and tuition was paid by U.S. benefactors.[4] There he met his wife, Pat, a Beaverton kindergarten teacher, who was a fellow student.[4] He became a U.S. citizen in 1962.[3]

Settling in Oregon

Since then, Palau has held many large-scale evangelistic festivals and gatherings around the world.

Palau first heard Billy Graham on a radio broadcast from Portland, Oregon while still living in Argentina in 1950, and drew inspiration from him. He later worked for Graham as a Spanish translator and as an evangelist. In 1970, Graham contributed the seed money for Palau to start his own ministry, which he modeled after Graham's.[5]


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