A native Texan, Charles Swindoll was born in El Campo, on October 18, 1934, the youngest of three children. His original career choice out of high school was mechanical engineering. However, during his tour of duty with the Marines, which included 16 months in Southeast Asia, he became convinced that the Lord's real direction for his life was as a pastor. He graduated from Dallas Seminary in 1962, and has held pastorates in Texas, Massachusetts, and California, where he spent 23 years as senior pastor at the First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton. He and his wife, Cynthia, were married in 1955, and have four children and nine grandchildren.
Most people know Charles Swindoll as president of Dallas Theological Seminary--his alma mater--and the host of the daily radio program, "Insight for Living"--heard on more than 1,600 stations globally. He is the author of more than 30 books which have sold almost 6 million copies worldwide. His unique expository preaching, teaching, and writing style is marked by a clear and accurate presentation of Scripture, with an emphasis on the practical application of God's truth to everyday living. Swindoll's newest book series, Great Lives from God's Word, is proving to be immensely popular. The first volume, David, spent six months on the CBA hardcover nonfiction bestseller list.