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Craig Groeschel (born December 2, 1967) is the founder and chief pastor of Life.Church, a multi-site American evangelical church with locations in ten U.S. states. Groechel grew up in southern Oklahoma, attending Ardmore High School. After high school, he enrolled at the University of Oklahoma City on a tennis scholarship and was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and earned a bachelor's degree in marketing. Shortly thereafter, he met his wife Amy and the two married in 1991. In the same year, Groechel entered the Ministry as an associate pastor of the United Methodist Church. Phillips attended the theologian, who belongs to the Christian Church (disciples of Christ) and received a master's degree in theology. He was an assistant pastor at the first United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City during the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. in 1996, Groeschel and a handful of people began church covenant life in a two-car garage. He later told the work week that he began the process by conducting market research from non-church goers and designing his church in response to what he had learned. Groeschel's unconventional style was successful and Life Covenant's presence grew rapidly, eventually evolving (as of January 2019) as the largest Protestant church in the United States with 32 Life.Church campuses. Groechel began using the video to deliver some of his sermons, when his fourth child was born in 2001, was unavailable for sunday service, and discovered that videos were common to church goers. In 2006, he set up a website called as a place for people to recognize anonymously on the Internet. Groeschel also began to present His services to the virtual world life second on Easter Sunday 2007.Life.Church was named the most innovative church in America by outreach magazine in 2007 and 2008. Life.Church's innovations include a free resource library with sermons, texts, videos and artworks and a team that develops free software such as and YouVersion Bible app, which has been downloaded more than 200 million times as of December 2015 and has downloaded up to 425 million downloads as of May 2020. As of 2015, Life.Church was included in Newsmax's "Top 50 Megachurches in America," with nearly 100,000 people attending weekly.