An American evangelical Christian minister and author, he is most famous for his Left Behind series. He is particularly known for his works of apocalyptic fiction.
He joined the U.S. Army Air Force in 1944 and served as a machine gunner in Europe during World War II.
His book, What Everyone Should Know About Homosexuality, expresses his view that homosexuals can be "cured."
He married Beverly LaHaye in 1947; they had four children.
His writing has been compared to that of Tom Clancy.