Pastor Giglio graduated from Georgia State University and earned a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Later he went to Grace Theological Seminary to pursue a Doctor of Ministry degree. After finishing seminary, Giglio and his wife Shelley began a weekly Bible study called Choice at Baylor University where he was doing graduate studies. After several years, over 10 percent of the Baylor student body was attending the weekly gathering and Giglio's heart for the significance of the 'university moment' was set
From its beginnings in 1995, the Passion Movement has hosted close to 1 million university students at events ranging from the first Passion Conference in Austin, TX (January '97) where 2,000 people attended to OneDay 2000 (a gathering of 40,000 students for prayer and worship outside Memphis, TN) to the 2008 17-city Passion World Tour. In between, Passion has hosted local campus events at the leading universities across the nation, as well as larger regional and national events in cities like Seattle, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis and Washington, D.C.