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Lou Engle
Founder, The Call

Lou's passion is to call young adults into a lifestyle of radical prayer, fasting, holiness, and acts of justice. With over thirty years of history in praying for revival, Lou co-founded TheCall, a prayer movement that has reached hundreds of thousands of people since 2000. Lou has helped establish two churches, the pro-life ministry Bound4LIFE, and the first Justice House of Prayer (JHOP) in Washington DC to pray for righteous leaders in the Supreme Court and in America.


Lou Engle began TheCall and JHOP prayer movements over thirty years ago by crying out for a revival that would bring America back to God. The Lord began to show Lou that he was calling a generation of Nazarites to be consecrated before the Lord. The Lord spoke to Lou and said, "America is receiving Her apostles, prophets, and evangelists, but She has not yet seen Her Nazirites!"

In 1997, Promise Keepers hosted one of the largest Christian gatherings in American history. An estimated one million men gathered to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., responding to a call to live a lifestyle of humility and godliness. Lou was deeply impacted by this profound event and began to mobilize a vision to raise up a corresponding youth movement of prayer and fasting that could bring forth a sweeping revival across America. A week after the gathering, Lou prophesied that God was raising up a young Nazirite, John the Baptist movement that would go to the Mall in Washington, D.C. to fast and pray for a spiritual awakening in America. He declared that when they would go to fast and pray, it would be a sign that America is turning to God.

On September 2nd, 2000, an estimated 400,000 people collectively joined at TheCall in Washington, D.C., not to the sound of the latest names in Christendom, but to the phrase, “Almighty God summons you to a solemn assembly.” The presence of the Holy Spirit, with words of encouragement from the nation’s spiritual leaders, forever impacted multiple generations in attendance.

In a profound moment in the history of TheCall and the Justice House of Prayer, the Lord spoke to Lou Engle after a forty-day fast, saying “Wherever TheCall goes, I will establish my house of prayer.” It was at this moment that Lou realized it was not enough to hold TheCall in a city and contend for majors breakthroughs against the powers of darkness; God was asking for a sustained prayer movement. Since then JHOPs have emerged in the cities of San Francisco, Boston, New York, Montgomery, and San Diego. In addition to its core value of intercessory prayer, JHOP desires to use an unending chorus of worship and ceaseless prayer to minister to the Lord day and night and to cry out for justice (Luke 18).

Lou Engle resides in Kansas City, MO, where he serves as President of TheCall and a senior leader at the International House of Prayer with Mike Bickle. Lou and his wife, Therese, have been married for over thirty years and have five sons and two daughters.