Most Powerful Influential Evangelical Leaders in America Today?

Craig HueyBible, Church19 Comments

Four evangelical leaders help shape and protect policy, the media, and Christians.

Four who are the most influential, evangelical Christian leaders most Christians couldn’t name. 

Can you?

There are some great radio teachers/pastors, great authors, great TV personalities, great movie stars, great singers and worship leaders who are evangelical Christians.

But who are the four who are the most influential in America today – who have the ear of President Trump?

They are the ones whom President Trump encourages people to listen to. 

They are the ones who are able to talk to President Trump.

They are the ones who have the highest media visibility.

Who are the four?

  1. Pastor Jentezen Franklin

The last time I saw Pastor Franklin and talked to him was at The Ministerial for Religious Freedom. 

The man has a heart for the persecuted church.

The man has a heart for religious liberty.

I’ve talked to him about my book, The Deep State: 15 Surprising Dangers You Should Know. I’ve been to his church multiple times — even went to Israel with him. But these last couple of years, his influence has skyrocketed.

On the first Sunday of the historic China pandemic quarantine, President Trump let the world know he was going to see his church service online.

You can see that church service here. 

It was a powerful service to watch.

  1. Franklin Graham

I recently was on a faith leader call with President Trump, Vice-President Mike Pence, and … Franklin Graham.  Franklin Graham has stood up against incredible pressure to stand for religious liberty and the Gospel.

He never gives up an opportunity to talk about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and inviting people to accept Christ as their personal savior whenever he is on media.  And he probably has more media attention than any other evangelical in America.

  1. Pastor Greg Laurie

The second Sunday of the China pandemic quarantine, President Trump tweeted out to the surprise of Pastor Greg Laurie of Horizon Fellowship. 

Greg Laurie, who is famous for Harvest Crusades where thousands accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior, is a great teacher/preacher who has a heart for the Gospel.

Like me, his roots are with Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, and pastor Chuck Smith.  From that training, his faithfulness to teaching the Word of God is without compromise.

Over the years, I’ve seen him shift to understanding that he must speak up against the evils of the overt attacks of government on people of faith.

On the second day of the quarantine, President Trump tweeted that he was planning to watch pastor Greg Laurie’s service.

You can watch Pastor Laurie’s service here.

  1. Pastor Robert Jeffress

One of the early supporters of President Trump’s pro-religion, pro-freedom and pro-life actions was Pastor Jeffress. The media and politicians attacked him, but he stood firm.

 Pastor Robert Jeffress, who pastors the First Baptist Church of Dallas is a staunch advocate of religious freedom and is a defender of biblical truth.

And he is very good with media relations.

On Easter Sunday, the president asked everyone to watch his online service.  You can watch it here. NOTE: This video is nearly 3 hours long.

Do you have someone else you’d like to add to the list?

If so, let me know.  Email me at

19 Comments on “Most Powerful Influential Evangelical Leaders in America Today?”

    1. I believe that Jack Hibbs is one of the most powerful and influential evangelical pastor/teacher and speakers in this country. I’ve heard the rest, but after 82 years alive and 42 years walking in the Holy Spirit I can say this honestly and with certainty.

  1. John MacArthur should be on this list. He stands firm against false teachers, and opens up the Scriptures like no one I’ve ever heard. His taped sermons are on hundreds of broadcasts across the nation, and he has written dozens of excellent books.

  2. Dr. Charles Stanley of Atlanta GA. His sermons are right from the bible, and his daily devotional is inspirational.


  4. all the pastors I’ve been watching on the internet have President Trump’s back in prayer and SO DO ALL OF US PRAYING DESPARATELY FOR OUR COUNTRY AND OUR PRESIDENT. I hope the President realizes he has an army of people on their knees praying for him constantly. There is power in prayer.

  5. I really think Franklin Graham is at the top of the list and David Jeremiah, John McArthur, and Dr. Charles Stanley are all on my list.
    Eleanora De Young

  6. I believe that Pastor Ray Bently should be on this list because his style of teaching is clearly focus on the WORD of THE JESUS CHRIST !!

  7. Hi Craig. For me personally, the most Biblical Pastor who I watch and listen to is Pastor Robert Morris of Southlake, Texas. I like to get deep into Scripture and he does that unlike anybody I have ever heard. Pastor Robert Jeffress is a close second, with Pastor David Jeremiah, Greg Laurie and Charles Stanley. Those are the ones I listen to and watch. Your February 21st article on Covid-19 was way out of date, but appreciated anyway. Thanks Craig and staff.

  8. Craig, one thing I learned a long time ago, is that if you are not getting attacked, there’s something wrong with your Christianity. As the son of Billy Graham, Franklin Graham is the main voice of Christianity in America now. Therefore……he gets attacked! That’s how the devil and his cohorts work: the more you stand up for Jesus, the more you get attacked. That’s what the Bible says and the Bible is 100% true.

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