The 25 Most Influential Preachers of the Past 25 Years

When Preaching magazine was launched in 1985, a look at our list of contributing editors gave you a sense of who would be listed among the most influential preachers in America. That original group included Stuart Briscoe, Maxie Dunnam, Jim Henry, David Allan Hubbard, John Huffman, D.E. King, James Earl Massey, Calvin Miller, Lloyd John Ogilvie, Stephen F. Olford, Haddon Robinson, J. Alfred Smith, John Wesley White and William Willimon, along with several more.

Thankfully, many of those preachers are still on the scene, though others have gone to be with the Lord. A quarter-century has brought great changes to the preaching landscape, and today’s list of contributing editors includes names that would have been unknown to most pastors 25 years ago: Rick Warren, Bryan Chapell, James MacDonald, Robert Smith, Dave Stone, James Emery White and Ed Young, Jr. (though his pastor dad would have been a good candidate for the original list—and is now among our senior consulting editors).

Identifying the 25 most influential preachers of the past 25 years is a challenging assignment. There were some who were major influencers of preaching in 1985 who would be little known to today’s new generation of pastors; likewise, there are some major influencers today who weren’t on the scene 25 years ago. (Actually, some of them were in grade school.) As we were gathering data and compiling the nominations in this process, we tried to ensure balance so neither end of the era is neglected.

Because the primary focus and audience of Preaching magazine has been the American pulpit, this is the context in which these preachers are recognized. Many gifted and influential preachers have served faithfully around the world and, in terms of Kingdom impact, may have touched far more than many of those listed below. We may not know them, but God does.

Here, then, are the 25 most influential preachers of the past 25 years:

#1 Billy Graham

He just as easily could be at the top of any list of the most influential preachers of the past half-century; when Preaching cited the most influential preachers of the 20th century (in our first issue of the 21st), Billy Graham came in at number two. In a recent LifeWay survey of the most influential living preachers, Graham topped the list. When considering preachers who have influenced the rest of us, Billy Graham simply stands in a category unto himself.

John Huffman describes Graham’s “integrity of life and passion of expression that not only led millions to faith in Jesus Christ, but challenged so many of us to be faithful in our ministries. His founding of Christianity Today and his various conferences bringing together evangelicals from around the world make him tops on most of our lists.”

#2 Charles Swindoll

The dominant role of media in the contemporary church is reflected in the influence of Chuck Swindoll, whose “Insight for Living” radio program and countless books have helped a generation of preachers in its understanding of what biblical exposition should look like.

Long-time pastor of First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton, California, Swindoll became president of Dallas Theological Seminary and now serves as senior pastor of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas (a suburb of Dallas). His radio program, books, and Internet resources continue to influence thousands.

#3 Rick Warren

Rick Warren is a model and guru for today’s new generation of preachers and church planters who are seeking to create churches that will reach the unchurched of their own generation. Founder of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California—now one of the largest churches in America—he is widely known as author of The Purpose Driven Church(which shaped the views of thousands of pastors about how the church can be changed) and the huge best-seller, The Purpose Driven Life.

Warren’s most significant influence on today’s pastors may be through his creative use of the Internet, including his weekly newsletter that has more impact than any other online publication or pastor Web resource I know of. His own sermons, made available via the Web, have become models for many young pastors in the United States and around the world.

#4 Gardner C. Taylor

A profound influence on the African-American pulpit, Gardner Taylor is a model of eloquence and passion in preaching. He served as senior pastor of Brooklyn’s Concord Baptist Church of Christ from 1948 to 1990 and is former president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention. Taylor is now retired and living in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Taylor reflects the influence of a leading pastor prior to today’s diverse communications era. He served twice as National Radio Preacher for NBC, delivered the 100th Lyman Beecher Lectures on Preaching at Yale and has lectured at many colleges and seminaries. In 1979, Time magazine recognized him as one of the seven best Protestant preachers in the nation and conferred on him the title “Dean of the Nation’s Black Preachers.” Few black preachers of the past 25 years would have offered a list of great preachers without including Taylor at or near the top of their list.

#5 John MacArthur

Radio has been one of the major media tools used by preachers in the past quarter-century, and few have been as influential via this medium as John MacArthur, pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, and teacher on the “Grace to You” program.

Never afraid of controversy, MacArthur has engaged in a variety of theological debates through the years via his speaking and writing. His approach to verse-by-verse exposition has attracted many, and through his media influence and The Master’s Seminary, which he established, MacArthur is preparing a new generation of young preachers for ministries focused on biblical exposition.

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#6 Adrian Rogers

With a remarkable voice and a gift for expressing biblical insights in an engaging manner, Adrian Rogers became widely known through his radio and TV ministries. Bill Bouknight observes that, “His ‘Love Worth Finding’ program is still sending his sermons around the world five years after his death.”

Rogers spent 32 years as senior pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, growing the congregation from 8,000 to more than 29,000. In addition, he served three terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention and was a key leader in the conservative resurgence movement that shifted the SBC in a new direction in the 1980s and ’90s.

#7 Haddon Robinson

Haddon Robinson has used the classroom and printed page to exert a profound influence on the American pulpit during the past 25 years. His text Biblical Preaching(Baker) is the most widely-used preaching textbook of the last quarter-century, helping to prepare thousands of young preachers to develop “Big Idea” sermons. (In the March-April 2010 Preaching, the book was cited as the most influential preaching book of the past 25 years.)

As a professor of preaching at three prominent evangelical seminaries, Robinson further influenced many of those who now teach preaching in colleges and seminaries. Michael Milton writes, “Arguably the greatest preacher in North America, Dr. Robinson has influenced pulpits all over America and through his ministry at Gordon-Conwell and Denver Seminary before that.”

#8 Andy Stanley

Although he only founded Atlanta’s North Point Community Church in 1995, in the past 15 years Andy Stanley has become a major model for a new generation of young pastors and preachers. He has led the way in the development of satellite churches and video venues, trends which are becoming ubiquitous forces in church life in the early 21st century.

Starting as Minister to Students at his father’s First Baptist Church in Atlanta, the younger Stanley adapted many of his insights for communicating with youth in shaping a homiletical style for reaching unchurched young adults. His book Communicating for a Change (Multnomah) offers a guide to his preaching style. Through his leadership at the Catalyst conference, he continues to influence thousands of young pastors in shaping their own ministries. Dan Kimball writes, “I also find his preaching refreshing. I never would be embarrassed to have someone who isn’t a Christian listen to an Andy Stanley sermon.”

#9 John R.W. Stott

Although no longer active due to health issues, in 1985 John Stott was still a major influence on preaching, perhaps even more outside the United States than in this nation. By 1975, he had resigned as rector of All Souls Church in London and assumed a more international leadership role, with a special concern for churches in the developing world.

Stott’s book Between Two Worlds (Eerdmans) has been a major influence on our understanding of preaching in the past quarter-century, and Stott himself has been a model of faithful biblical exposition. Mel Lawrenz observes, “Stott’s teaching is a baseline for me. His ministry is marked by faithfulness and character over a lifetime and a vision to see the majority world with respect long before others did.”

#10 W.A. Criswell

As pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas for more than 40 years (he became Pastor Emeritus in 1995), W.A. Criswell helped create a model for a successful urban church rooted in strong biblical preaching. The church grew from 7,800 to 25,000 during his pastorate, at one point becoming the largest congregation in the world. For more than 50 years, Billy Graham had his membership at the Dallas church.

Criswell was an expositor who preached through books of the Bible throughout his pastoral ministry. He founded Criswell College as a place to train a new generation of Bible preachers. Rick Warren, who felt Criswell’s influence as a young man, has called the Dallas preacher “the greatest American pastor of the 20th century.”

#11 John Piper

As Pastor of Preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, John Piper has been a powerful influence on young pastors through his writing and speaking. Mike Milton says, “His messages are examples of solid, biblical exposition. His passion for missions and preaching has influenced many for the advancement of the Kingdom of God.”

#12 Charles Stanley

Pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta, widely known through his “In Touch” radio and TV ministry, and author of several books, Charles Stanley was third in LifeWay’s recent survey of most influential living Protestant pastors.

#13 Stephen F. Olford

Born in Zambia to British missionary parents, Olford ultimately ended up in the United States as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in New York City, where he modeled an urban ministry centered on biblical exposition. He later established a training center for pastors which impacted thousands in equipping them to be faithful preachers of God’s Word. Cliff Barrows said, “Stephen Olford left his footprint upon my heart and life, as he has on people around the world. I thank God for this dear man who has impacted Billy’s life and my life all these years.”

#14 William A. Jones

Pastor for more than 40 years of Bethany Baptist Church in Brooklyn, William Jones was a powerful (and deep) voice in the African-American church. He was cited by Ebony as one of the nation’s best black preachers and was in constant demand as a speaker and evangelist. He was a past president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention and founder of the National Black Pastors Conference.

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#15 Bill Hybels

Founding pastor of Willow Creek Community Church and pioneer of the seeker-sensitive church movement, Bill Hybels’ writing and resourcing of other churches through Willow Creek Association has touched the lives of thousands of pastors. John Huffman says Hybels should be recognized for “modeling what it is to be a passionate communicator and vision-caster who has rallied a whole generation—with new preaching methods and organizational styles—to reach those who otherwise would not have been as open to the gospel.”

#16 Fred Craddock

Fred Craddock may be part of the mainline church, but his writing on inductive preaching has strongly influenced the preaching style of thousands of pastors over the past couple of decades. In addition, Craddock is an engaging and effective preacher and one of the best storytellers anyone ever will hear.

#17 Mark Driscoll

Not only did Driscoll pastor Mars Hill as it grew from zero to megachurch in America’s most unchurched city in less than a decade, but he also has launched a national network of church planters that is touching cities across the nation. Reformed, emerging, and controversial, Driscoll is a model for thousands of young pastors who read his books and listen faithfully to his podcast sermons. Driscoll may well be an example of how preachers will influence other preachers in the 21st century.

#18 Jack Hayford

For 30 years as pastor of The Church on the Way in Los Angeles, Jack Hayford provided an example of faithful biblical preaching for his fellow Charismatic pastors. Chancellor of The King’s College and Seminary, which he founded, Hayford also is author of more than 50 books and more than 600 hymns and choruses, including the popular song “Majesty.”

#19 William Willimon

Now the United Methodist Bishop for North Alabama, William Willimon became widely known among mainline and evangelical pastors as Dean of the Chapel at Duke University. His incisive biblical sermons have influenced many, as have his challenges to his fellow mainline pastors to make sure their preaching is rooted in scriptural truth.

#20 E.K. Bailey

Though most pastors won’t know his name, E.K. Bailey was a powerful influence in launching a new birth of expository preaching in the African-American church. Long-time pastor of Concord Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas (until his death in 2003), he started an annual conference that continues to attract hundreds of black pastors each year and gives them the tools to become more effective biblical expositors.

#21 D. James Kennedy

Mike Milton says that “through Coral Ridge Ministries and other media and ministry outlets, Dr. Kennedy became the most listened-to Presbyterian minister in history.” His Evangelism Explosion movement became a powerful influence for many years on how churches did personal evangelism.

#22 Barbara Brown Taylor

Although she never pastored a megachurch, Barbara Taylor teaches at a small Georgia college and has been a favorite preacher in mainline circles for two decades. This Episcopal priest has written a dozen books with several popular works on preaching, including the publication of her 1997 Lyman Beecher Lectures on Preaching.

#23 Warren Wiersbe

Former pastor of Moody Church and then radio voice of “Back to the Bible,” Wiersbe’s teaching through countless books—particularly his “Be” series on biblical books—has shaped the biblical understanding and preaching of thousands of pastors. Billy Graham called him “one of the greatest biblical expositors of our generation.” Through his books, radio ministry, and conferences, he has been a pastor to pastors for a generation.

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#24 Lloyd John Ogilvie

After 23 years as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Hollywood, California, Ogilvie became chaplain of the U.S. Senate, a role from which he retired in 2003. Through the 1980s and ’90s, his more than 50 books were devoured (and adapted) by preachers in much the same way as books by Swindoll or Lucado are used today. John Huffman says that Ogilvie “has taken seriously the discipline of preaching, extending a solid combination of biblical and relational truth beyond the pulpit into the public arena of the business, entertainment, and political world.”

#25 Tim Keller

Founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian in New York City, which has grown to a weekly attendance of more than 5,000, Keller has shown that biblical preaching still can make an impact in a secular urban environment. In addition to his best-selling books, his commitment to church planting has led to more than 100 church plants in cities around the world. Michael Milton wrote, “Tim’s preaching was for years under the radar, but not hidden from the influencers in media, the arts, and the ‘higher’ culture of America from New York City. Now his ministry is flowering, and his preaching—insightful, culturally sensitive and yet strongly expository—has become some of the most listened-to sermons in America via iTunes podcasts.”

So that’s our list. Who did we miss? Feel free to add your suggestions in the Comment field below.

Dr. Michael Duduit is executive and founding editor of Preaching Magazine and the founding dean of the Graduate School of Ministry at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. He holds an M.Div. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Florida State University. He’s been blessed to hear every one of our 25 “influencers” preach either in person or via recording.

Others added:

Jerry Falwell — probably one of the greatest visionaries of the 20th century, who built the mega-church Thomas Road Baptist and Liberty University

S.M. Lockridge — his great sermon “That’s My King” is known all over the world

John Maxwell

Bruce Wilkinson

Lee Strobel

W. F. Kumuyi of the Deeper Christian bible Church

Bro. Gbile Akanni

Pastor E. A. Adeboye

T.D. Jakes

Stuart Briscoe

Vance Havner

Ravi Zacharias

John Arnott

Erwin Lutzer

Please add yours even if older than past 25 years.

109 responses to “The 25 Most Influential Preachers of the Past 25 Years

  1. I am assuming your list is evidence of both the good and bad of gospel preachers their ministries and its influence. Don’t you rather think that this is a matter that awaits the Master’s judgment? There may be some others down the path who will set your list ajar. I remind you of 1 Cor 4:5.

    • Resently Rick Warren that the Muslem allah and God the father that Christians worship are one of the same, Blaspheme.

  2. Yes, Mr. Cheak, brother in Christ, you are perfectly right. But first of all, this is NOT My list, I took it from Sermoncentral, and second, this list is posted here first of all for me, just to get some information on what Americans think are their best teachers/preachers. So if I would like to get more knowledge, or more insight on some Bible Passage, i would check some or the sermons/teachings of one from this list, rather than somebody else from those other thousands out there. Even doing this, I believe that there are many unnamed good teacher of the Word, who are proclaiming faithful, both in theology and living, our Master and Savior, the Lord, Jesus Christ, King of Kings.

  3. You could name some very influential preachers whose theology is deficient, putting it politely. Without a doubt some names would be on everyone’s list. These are popular right now, but one could hope will not prove to be influential in the church as a whole.
    Some of these are favorites of mine. I think Ravi Zacharias should have been in the 25. Also C.J. Mahaney was not mentioned.

  4. I may have missed it but what criteria was used to create this list. I happen to think Jack Hyles was an awesome preacher…He pastered the largest IFB Church of the USA for years…. First Baptist Of Hammond IN.

    • I’m not a Calvinist but I have to agree I’ve been listening to Paul washer for over 8years and his preaching just makes you desire and love God so much any pastor that can do that with a sermon I applaude any pastor can preach but how many preach Christ because he’s speaking through them I believe Paul washer is the real deal I may not agree on some points of Calvinism only because it’s limiting and excluding some and the bible says that God desires all men to come to repentance I would give Paul washer 5 stars on the !!!!!

    • Kenneth E Hagin one of the best of all time but he would never put himself out there always Jesus and Jesus only… So we don’t see his name here but that’s as he would have it…Rhema Bible school was his school..his son is still keeping it going…I can’t say enough about this man but he wouldn’t want it…

  5. W.A. Criswell of First Baptist Church, Dallas was my pastor for almost 40 years.

    He was, in my opinion, the very best. He always preached God’s Word — especially from the King James Bible. He didn’t preach Psychology in the pulpit or little sermons. He didn’t try to tickle people’s ears. He made a great impact on my life. Also, when Joel Gregory came to be pastor of the church, Dr. Criswell said “No Christian Rock Music.”

    I’m sure he had his faults, but I just loved him so much. He was the Old Time Religion pastor.

    Marcia Hendricks

    • Amen, Marcia. I willl never be able to thank God enough for leading me to FBCD & Dr. C. when I came to my senses in my mid-40s and wanted to understand the Bible. And wasn’t the music wonderful? Fred McNab was music minister in my years there.

    • Yes, this shouldn’t even be a list knowing that none of these so-called preachers are God Called, God Sent, God Instructed & God Anointed! The Late Bishop S C Johnson is The Only True Apostle we know of in the last 1000+ years! He had your #1 Graham running like a scared chicken!!!

      • No one can compare to Billy Graham! His ministry is gospel. He is also a very humble man. He is, and will always be, the preacher of all time and a shinning example of what they all should aim toward. He is known as “the preacher of the people”. he ran from no man, but stands in Christ.

      • how can anyone down anyone on this list or any list like it…all of them want to show us a better way and with all of us being different we need different ways to see it, God loves all of us, we need to remember to show love….

  6. Anyone ever heard of:
    -CL Franklin
    -SM Lockeridge
    -Mack King Carter
    -Wyatt Tee Walker
    -David Wilkerson
    -TD Jakes

  7. After 3 months of searching the internet and you tube to decide if I wanted to come back to religion, I finally found someone who preaches from the heart, the way my Mama and Papa used to hear when they went to church, DR John Collins with the Church of Biblical Christians tells it the way it should be plus he does not accept donations, He preaches against todays prosperity preachers, My Papa said hes the only guy he has heard of lately not affraid to tell you what he thinks and use scripture to back him up. So I Listened to all of his sermons read all of his blogs and than decided to leave my number to see if he would really call as he says on his web site, With in 2 hours I recieved a call and DR. Collins never rushed me off the telephone answered all my questions, And After just that one call you can tell he loves and believes in what he does, He wont be for everyone, Because he does talk about damnation and what it takes to get to heaven, And its not from giving ministers our money> I watched the you tube videos of many and he is just for me, everyone has a choice but in listening to his sermons and reading his blogs and than the telephone call this guy is the real deal. The one on Gossip , wwjd hypocrites and the land of milk and honey not greed and money were right on, anyway if you get a chance listen to the guy you might be as glad as I am that I took the time.

  8. The late D. James Kennedy preaching was too often conservative political boilerplate decorated with Biblical references. He would not be on my list.


  10. surely you have named great preachers but God also has choose the greatest of all who is: “Br William Marrion Branham (1909-1965)”

  11. You’ve really tried in compiling those men of God both dead and alive.They have really imparted their world and i pray that GOD should help me to be like them.

  12. Great list but appears to be biased (I can understand the difficulty of compiling such a list). So, of the 25 most influential preachers of the 21st Century, only 1 is African American and none (excluding Jack Hayford) is “charismatic? TD Jakes is added as “honorable mention.” He is arguably the most influential african american preacher of the past 20 years. He is more influential across the world than half of the list. Also, What about Dr. Oral Roberts? The same way thousands upon thousands packed stadiums to hear Dr. Billy Graham; did the Lord not fill the stadiums and airways with his voice for over 50 years. Again, just saying…maybe the title should be augmented to a particular doctrinal flavor or cultural affiliation.

      • TJ Jake’s also said not long ago who will feed all them baby’s, his take on killing baby’s shows how he holds up the gospel. I heard him preach before nothing about salvation, anything goes for some of these big name preacher’s

    • Was wondering about Oral Roberts as well. Also, what about Kenneth E. Hagin? Maybe I’m a bit biased because of the impact he had on my life through his messages, but what about John Osteen(Not to be confused with Joel)?


  13. I thought Derek Prince would be there. He has impacted millions in almost every part of the globe. What do others think.

    • Where is William Sloane Coffin? He influenced an entire generation, more perhaps than any white preacher, rivaled only by Martin Luther King?

  14. Seriously David Wilkerson should’ve been #1
    He left like 200 teen challenge(christian rehab) centers in the U.S. and over 100 in 80 diff countries, a church of over 10,000 members, world challenge(preached to pastors in 40 diff countries,renewing a passion for Christ) left the cross and the switchblade, was also an evangelist, won Nicky Cruz for Christ. I mean he was way more influential than some heretics named on that list… but i guess his reward is up in Heaven 🙂

    • Couldn’t agree more! To this day, his sermons continue to influence me and my family here in Asia! Indeed, his reward is up in heaven. 🙂

  15. The Holy Spirit which glorifies Christ has shown me
    many things that I can barely express in words.
    Christian Sermons has come out many times which has affirmed
    the Holy Spirit has touched many other. Christian Sermons are indeed a way
    to express at least to an extent the power of Jesus Christ.

    Christian Sermons can convict you and almost force you
    to come to terms with the ability of Jesus
    Christ. Several Years ago I prayed and prayed for God
    to show me the way, the light, and the path for my intention.

    How God could bless others through me. I did not want to waste time learning the hard way of not following the way of Christ.
    Enoch is an exceptional example of man that walked with God
    and was taken or interpreted. Christian Sermons hopes I have had and validated the answer to a lot of prayers.

    Even though you love God you may very well (if definitely) still sin not
    but you can do the best you can to avoid temptations that lead
    to sin.
    I come from a family that preaches the Gospel and Christian Sermons are
    a great way to spread the word of God. I have learned over the years regardless of what “denomination” you come from does not matter as long as you understand one core concept: Jesus Christ is the Son
    of God and come to this planet to Expire for our salvation.
    It’s crystal clear for the Bible. Genuine Christian Sermons will always confirm or validate this.

  16. There are hunders of world famous and well knowen prechers.i respet them,honour them and aprishiate their also.but i have a question that how much jesus christ become world famous and well known to this world through those world famous and well known prechers.

  17. God has indeed used all those above mentioned preachers and Pastors. They are all gifted in different ways in their presentation of the gospel. Dr. Billy Graham, even with his world-wide acclaim and influence with the Christians and non-Christians, his high moral strength and humble lifestyle in the same old place must be a lesson for the modern day ” prosperity preachers” who are indeed making a classical mockery of the plain old gospel of Christ. Among the Bible teachers combined Pastoral credentials, Dr. Warren Wiersbe is getting my vote. I have heard him while attending Tennessee Temple Seminary. Heard for the first time Dr. Billy Graham in 1956 when he came to India, he was 36 years and I was 11 years old. May GOD bless all of HIS servants in different fields.

  18. i think Oral Roberts should be part of that list above. He was a man of faith. Many were blessed through his writings. His university(ORU) trains ministers of God. He was a real impact to his generation.

  19. forgot pastor chuck smith of calvary chapel costa mesa Ca pastored from 1968 to october 2013 went to be with the Lord. Influenced many young people I’am one of them. tuaght the bible from gen. thru rev. chuck led by example a man who loved god’s sheep. started a christian radio station in orange county, over 2,000 afiliated churches in usa a metor to many many young pastors the list goes on and on and on this is just the begining many of things he did to influence christianinty in this world.

    • Although he has gone on to his eternal reward, I still listen to Pastor Chuck daily (huge fan of CC radio 107.9). He was not only a careful expositor of the Word but most importantly a lover of God.

  20. I would not give you a dime for most of these apostate preachers, especially Rick Warren and Bill Hybels! These mega churches are by no means an indication that they are preaching the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth. Narrow is the way that leads to life and FEW there be that find it. The preachers of old never compromised, nor changed the gospel to fit the culture. Oliver Greene stated” The only reason some of us are not exiled or thrown in prison is simply because we do not preach as fervently and sternly as did Paul, John, Peter and others. This modern “santa claus” religion that is sweeping the country today is not the religion Jesus taught and John practiced”.

  21. I would like to add Dr. David Jeremiah, O. George Stansberry, Raldo Cook, Bob Russell, Dave Stone, Bob Braziel, Louis Hall, Ben Merold, and Al Hamilton to this list.

  22. It is hard to believe that Dr J.Vernon Magee would not be on your list. Please consider him for your list. Many thanks.

  23. I am from Uganda and as a born again christian (for over 15 years). My list would include: 1.Billy Graham 2. Charles Finney (both already listed- the rest I have never heard of).Here in Africa, names like Kathrene Kuhlmann, Oral Roberts, Reinhard Bonnke, Benny Hinn, TD Jakes, are more popular. True, it’s not easy to compile an unbiased list of God’s Generals. God HIMSELF HAS A GENUINE LIST COMPILED IN HIS “BOOK OF LIFE” HEAVEN!!!!!

  24. what?!! where is Wayman Mitchell?!! overseer of over 2k plus churches planted Worldwide that’s more influence than a mega church! is there a bias in this listing? anyway God knows who are his

  25. I am an average Christian… and only heard of a few of these guys and maybe listened to only aboutt two sermons from each of the ones i have heard from… What about the guy preaching to millions in iran and the 10-40 window… you dont even know his name… he used to be a terrorist… and preaches everyday… then there is a drug lord in south america who gave his life to Christ… and millions here him preach down there… do you know his name… your list is a popularity contest… thank you for sharing it.

  26. Dr. Johnny Hunt of First Baptist Church Woodstock, GA needs to be mentioned. I would take him over everyone but Adrain Rogers. WOW! Attend a Men’s Conference in Atlanta, GA. Also, check out the website. He preaches the Word. Not a bunch of story telling. Still don’t believe me check him out. His testimony is fantastic.

    • Pastor Alistair Begg indeed! One of the things I love the most about his ministry is that there is little merchandising for his preaching resources. Even the poor can have free…yes, free…access to some of his messages. (As a side note, my most favorite women’s minister bible study materials cost a fortune at the Christian bookstore…well at least it is a fortune for the retirees and disabled women in my study. I know it doesn’t cost $200 to produce 2 soft-covered books and 4 videos and believe that the publishing company’s business- focus has superseded the essential matter that Christians freely offer the Word to a lost and dying world without Jesus). Thank you.

  27. The Reverend Doctor Massey Hamilton Shepherd, junior
    Episcopal/Anglican theologian who centered all of his teaching on the Eucharist and was perhaps the greatest Liturgist of our time.
    He wrote 80+ books, held 6 Doctorates and a Masters degree and was a professor of theology, ancient studies, at The Church Divinity School of the Pacific.
    He was a great lover of Church music and was responsible for summer musical gatherings at Sewanee in the 50s.
    He was also one of the few non-Catholics invited to attend Vatican II.
    The gift of Grace of God, the sacrifice of the Messiah for our sins, and knowing our only true path to Him is through Christ was central to his doctrine.

    He was born In March 14, 1913 and died in February 19, 1990.

  28. I am sure earthly accomplishments are impressive, but understand and know that our God uses people who seek and listen to the Holy Spirit. The tragedy of our times and it is at critical mass. Is simply putting our faith in man and their understanding or interpretation of God’s word. We must get back to the fact that faith alone saves us. Human accomplishment are good for gaining followers and imperative for individual church growth, which is where we get hung up. I believe that God has put on my heart, which I have tried to ignore that these words must be said and to turn back to what the word truly says. We as humans cannot improve God’s inspired word. It is clear in its truth.and it’s meaning. I feel the pain of my pastor who is just a man who has been revealed to me by the Holy Spirit to be a tool of our Living God. I believe God had chosen him for his purity of his heart. Make no mistake he reveals his is a sinner like every human man that has ever walked this earth except our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. His message conveyed to him by Holy Spirit is simple as simple as the word was always meant to be. By faith alone I am saved. We need to cease the competition for souls. They our not ours. They are God’s and unless we change direction in this objective and change course in our country and the world Christians and it’s leaders will simply miss God’s truth. If the Holy Spirit is not talking to you. Maybe your are not listening. Education notoriety or the best foot food forward is not the answer. I myself am a sinner daily and I repent and I sin again. Why I have have been chosen to reveal Michael Anthony ( Grace Fellowship Church York, PA ) as a true profit of God. I do not know, but I have been compelled to reveal God’s truth. Help him reach out and at least listen for yourself. If your pride is in the way. Well then it is your mistake. Pray about it and listen to the Holy Spirit. The True Holy Spirit always reveals God’s truth, not mans.

  29. There are so many great ones that it’s hard to create a list this short. However, few preachers could match the eloquence and power of C. M. Ward, the great Revivaltime preacher who was for decades the radio voice of the Assemblies of God, preaching weekly to millions across the world. Perhaps he deserves a place on this or a similar list.

  30. Joseph prince. Andrew Wommack. Creflo Dollar. Brian Houston. Anyone who has been delivered from religion , including religious Christianity, and has truly understood the Grace of God , which is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, has heard of these ministers of Jesus Christ.

  31. did you mean the willam branham of luke 17/30 mal4/5 rev10/7 that william branham ?as far as prophets are con concerned , they are born prophets and biblically vindicated by THE LORD GOD GOD WITH MIGHTY SIGNS AND WONDERS, NOT THIS YEA I SAY UNTO THEE STUFF THAT NEVER COMES TO PASS BUT REVEALS THE SECRETES OF THE HEART

  32. Hi there! I see that this list was took from Sermon Central, i also checked it before and glad that you’ve got time to create this list out of it. Similarly, here’s a list of influential charismatic churches: . I agree with others who mentioned TD Jakes of The Potter’s House in Dallas since its the most important church in America. Also, I would like to mention Tommy Barnett of Phoenix First.

  33. Wow. Such a variety. Like a previous commentator said, only God will decide. But the Bible says that it is a narrow way and that there will be an apostacy in the last of the last days where people won’t endure sound doctrine. I must listen to Ravi Zacharias as I’ve heard good things, but presently my vote goes to David Wilkerson …. and would add, … Pastor Steven Anderson of Tempe Arizona. Some may not like him as he teaches from the Word … despite opposition … but …. is the end time apostacy based on tolerance, political correctness, soft and flattering words, seeker sensitivity, making everyone feel comfortable? ….. Jesus and Biblical Christianity confronts people and tells them the truth …. whether it is popular or not. It wasn’t a “come as you are, stay as you are, and give us your money” message. Sorry Mr Houston!


  35. J. Vernon McGee — now with the Lord. I heard him on radio when I was a baby Christian scanning the station for some good biblical teaching. I pooh-poohed him for his country way of speaking, and got a definite message from God: “Don’t shoot My messenger.” So I listened to Pastor McGee, and came to love his very clear teachings. David Jeremiah provides excellent, thought-provoking teaching coupled with study guides.
    Chuck Missler goes into Scripture where most teachers don’t, explaining names, numbers, prophecies. Interesting and makes you dig deeper into the Word.

  36. 1 corinthians 3:4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings?

    5 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.

  37. Why is not Dr. Jack Hyles on this list?
    He was the Pastor of the great First Baptist Church of Hammond.
    He was the consultant and influenced many of these men mention whose lives he impacted.

  38. Great list here actually, but you must understand that there are quite a lot of preachers in Nigeria currently now that are doing well Globally and felt they should be included in this article.

    Great men like Bishop David Oyedepo and some others are worth including in this list trust me, continent not withstanding, they are powerful men of God with outstanding impact to the body of Christ, remember our God is the God of the Universe.

  39. A few names I would have included: Oral Roberts, Kenneth E. Hagin, and John Osteen(Not to be confused with Joel).

  40. One of the most able radio baptist ministers for over 64 years, Pastor Lasserre Bradley, was also left off the list. He has proclaimed God’s Amazing Grace, on the Baptist Bible Hour, (and still is) weekly and often daily, on many radio programs. If you want to hear about Jesus Christ and Him Crucified and a rising Savior, listen to him sometime.

  41. I think one of the most compelling and often overlooked preachers is the current Chaplain of the U.S Senate :Chaplain Barry C. Black. His preaching is substantive , persuasive, and certainly compelling to watch. He is, in my opinion easily one of the most influential preachers today. He has plenty of material out there to view. Another preacher to watch is Myron Edmonds out of Cleveland Ohio. He keeps a busy guest speakers schedule, and also ha a growing body of work out there to be enjoyed by those who enjoy GOOD preaching.

  42. Where is Wayman Mitchell 2000 plus churches planted worldwide!!!!! Has discipled many preachers. And when I say churches I mean new pioneers starting a church just man and wife from scratch all under 40 years???? 61 evangelists preaching worldwide. Number 5 on 10 most famous christian missionaries on Newsmax ( ???? Where or who in the world created this list

  43. I don’t know how the list came up. We have pastors that had established ministry all over the world including America that are from Nigeria particularly. Pastors like Williams kumuyi, Enoch Adeboye and so on. African are blessed with great men of Gpd

  44. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Thank you for this list and thanks for all who have added their favorites. Since covid, we are dependent upon technology to supplement our spiritual nourishment.( My husband is one of those who are “at risk” because of a compromised immune system. We are unable to attend indoor services but do go to “drive-in church”. )
    We are greatly enriched by all of these wonderful men of God. Now we have “new to us” voices to bless us in our walk with Him. 😊🙏✝️

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