Dr. Tim LaHaye, founder of SDC and ‘Left Behind’ co-author, passes at 90

San Diego Christian College (SDC) mourns the loss of Dr. Tim LaHaye, the son of a Detroit autoworker who grew up to become a respected pastor, international best-seller, prominent evangelical leader, and founder of SDC (previously Christian Heritage College).

He was 90 years old. The nationally recognized American evangelical Christian minister rallied the faithful and called non-believers to commitment, impacting the world for Christ.

“Dr. LaHaye has been a friend to me like no other,” said President Dr. Paul Ague. “The impact the LaHayes have had on the students since founding San Diego Christian College in 1970 has been remarkable. Dr. LaHaye was known on SDC’s campus as a constant encourager, a champion of the next generation, and a scholar of biblical wisdom. I have been blessed to call Tim a dear friend, and he will be missed greatly by the SDC Community.”

He was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 27, 1926 to Frank and Margaret (Palmer) LaHaye. His father died of a heart attack when Tim was just 9 years old, leaving a lasting impact on his young son.

In a 2004 interview with The Christian Science Monitor, Dr. LaHaye told the newspaper that he was inconsolable upon his father’s death—until he heard the preacher’s eulogy.

“This is not the end of Frank LaHaye,” he recalled the minister saying. “Because he accepted Jesus, the day will come when the Lord will shout from heaven and descend, and the dead in Christ will rise first and then we’ll be caught up together to meet him in the air.”

Dr. LaHaye said the pastor then pointed to the sky and the once-hidden sun shined brightly.

“All of a sudden, there was hope in my heart I’d see my father again,” Dr. LaHaye told the newspaper.

That hope and faith endured eight more decades as Dr. LaHaye influenced others from the pulpit, in books, the political arena and at home.

To read more about Dr. LaHaye’s life and impact, please visit his ministry page here.


Celebration of Life service for Tim LaHaye

Aug. 12, at 10:00 am

Shadow Mountain Community Church

2100 Greenfield Dr.

El Cajon, Ca 92021


Cards can be mailed to:

Beverly LaHaye

c/o Tim LaHaye Ministries

PO BOX 21796

El Cajon, CA 92021


In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be sent to:

San Diego Christian College

200 Riverview Pkwy.

Santee, CA 92071