Before he started writing fiction, LaHaye was highly active as a pastor. He founded San Diego Christian College and a dozen Christian grade schools and secondary schools, according to his ministry. He organized pastors to support political candidates including George W. Bush. He and his wife Beverly, the founder of the conservative organization Concerned Women for America, hosted a radio show together.
Time magazine called him one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in the United States.
His co-writer Jenkins wrote a statement on Monday calling LaHaye a “spiritual giant.” Jenkins wrote that on their book tours together, he would often look around and realize that LaHaye had slipped away, to pray with a stranger he had just met.
“The Tim LaHaye I got to know had a pastor’s heart and lived to share his faith,” Jenkins wrote. “He listened to and cared about everyone, regardless of age, gender, or social standing.”