Skip Heitzig is a native of southern California and experienced the volatile days of the counter-culture in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Though raised in a religious home, Skip saw religion as a dead-end street with no answers. But when he was 18, the Lord reached him with the Gospel through a Billy Graham TV Crusade and Skip immediately prayed to receive Christ. Skip studied under Chuck Smith at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa until 1981 when he and his wife, Lenya, moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1982, he began a home Bible study which eventually grew into Calvary of Albuquerque—considered the fastest-growing church in America in the late ‘80s.
Today, Calvary of Albuquerque ministers to over 14,000 people weekly and it has spun off churches in Arizona, Colorado, and other parts of New Mexico. Skip reaches out across the nation and the world with his multimedia ministry, including a half-hour radio program, The Connection, as well as through his books—including When God Prays, How to Study the Bible and Enjoy It, Jesus Up Close, and his Lifestyle Series of booklets. Skip earned his B.A. and M.A. from Trinity Seminary. He currently serves as a board member for several ministries, including Samaritan’s Purse.