Loren and Darlene, through their obedience to the Lord, have transformed the global mission movement. Their actions directly affected countless lives from every nation! - Rev. Leonard Ravenhill



Loren Cunningham is the Founder of Youth With A Mission (YWAM), an ever-expanding global “family of ministries” born in 1960 which has reached into every nation. The work of YWAM encompasses evangelism, training and mercy ministries and is manned by nearly 20,000 full-time staff plus 25,000 students from more than 200 nationalities and a wide variety of denominations who serve at more than 1,300 YWAM locations in 180+ nations and dependent countries. More than four million students, short-term volunteers and staff have been a part of YWAM since its inception.

Loren is also the co-Founder and the International Chancellor of the University of the Nations (UofN), YWAM’s global university, and the leader of the Kona UofN Campus in Hawaii.


Charisma Coverstory on Loren Cunningham for YWAM's 50th Anniversary

Since the university’s inception in 1978, the UofN has grown to offer more than 800 different kinds of courses and seminars (some of which are offered in 100+ languages), held at more than 600 locations/campuses in more than 142 countries. Hundreds of thousands of students have registered within the global UofN system and have taken at least a Discipleship Training School (the entry course and prerequisite for all other UofN courses, for pursuing a UofN degree, and/or for becoming YWAM staff).

Loren has personally gone to every sovereign nation on earth, all dependent countries, and more than 100 territories and islands, for the sake of the Gospel. This has given him valuable insights into global trends and uniquely prepares him to share God’s strategies for world evangelism.

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Quick facts

  • Education

    B.A. in Bible & Theology from Central Bible Institute and Seminary 1957 B.A. in Christian Eduction from Central Bible Institute and Seminary 1957 B.A. Philosophy of Religion University of Southern California 1958 M.S. in Administration and the Supervision of Education, University of Southern California, 1981 Honorary Doctorate in Divinity from Latin America Seminary, La Puente California D. Div. (Hon.) Southern California Theological Seminary, 1985
  • Published Books

    Is That Really You God? Hearing The Voice of God (amazon / ebook) Daring To Live On The Edge (on amazon) Making Jesus Lord (earlier titled Winning God's Way) (on amazon) Why Not Women? (co-written with David Hamilton) (on amazon) The Book That Transforms Nations: The Power of the Bible To Change Any Country (on amazon)
  • Family

    Wife: Darlene Scratch Cunningham
    Children: Karen Joy Cunningham, David Loren Cunningham (married to Judith)
    Grandchildren: Madison, Kenna, Liam
  • Official titles

    Founder of Youth With A Mission (YWAM), Co-founder of the University of the Nations, UofN International Chancellor, Member of YWAM's Global Leadership Forum and eldership


    Taft, California USA


    June 30, 1935