Known for founding Passion Conferences, a Christian movement ministering to young adults, he also served as Pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
After graduating from Georgia State University, he studied at both the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Grace Theological Seminary.
He penned such religious works as I Am Not But I Know I Am and The Air I Breathe and also owned a Christian music label called Sixstepsrecords.
With his wife Shelley, he established a popular Bible study group at Baylor University in Texas.
He was invited to participate in the 2013 inauguration of President Barack Obama. The selection, however, stirred controversy because of Giglio's earlier, condemnatory statements about homosexuality; In the end, Giglio decided against delivering the inaugural benediction.