Doug Batchelor has experienced great extremes in his life. His journey from anti-social, drug-using hermit to internationally respected Bible teacher has helped shape him into an engaging speaker with whom audiences the world over readily identify.
Today he is the president of Amazing Facts, a multimedia Christian ministry. He hosts the weekly television program Sabbath School Study Hour and the Bible Answers Live radio program, which broadcasts every Sunday at 7:00 pm Pacific. He can also be seen weekly on the Amazing Facts Presents television program.
But as the teenage son of an aviation tycoon father and show business mother, even though young Doug Batchelor had everything money could buy—he couldn’t find true peace and happiness. A troubled youth, he fought at school, entertained suicidal fantasies, and eventually ran away from home by the time he was just 15 years old.
Disgusted with life and convinced it had no real meaning, Doug was determined to experience life with reckless abandon. He turned to drugs, committed crimes, and spent time in jail, while also living on high adventure from stormy seas to blistering deserts. But years later, a remote cave high in the mountains above Palm Springs became his home. And even though his father owned a yacht and a private jet, Doug found himself scavenging for food in garbage bins.
The happiness Doug searched for continued to elude him for years—until the day he found a dust-covered Bible someone left in his cave. As he read, he believed in and accepted Christ as his Savior! You can read more about his remarkable story in the book The Richest Caveman.
Today, Pastor Doug is an energetic speaker of vision and deep spirituality, with an unusual ability to communicate not only to church-oriented people, but also the secular-minded. His spontaneous, lively humor and down-to-earth approach to living the Christian life engages and reaches hearts in a way that few others are able.
Doug and his wife Karen have five children. Currently living in Sacramento, his hobbies include guitar, scuba diving, and racquetball. Like his father, he is also an aviation enthusiast and pilot. His other books include Richest Caveman, Shadows of Light: Seeing Jesus in all the Bible, and The Truth About Mary Magdalene.