Top Ten Most Influential Christians: Who Would You Add or Subtract?

Craig HueyChurch15 Comments

It’s estimated that about 62 million Americans are evangelical Christians. Here are 10 of the most influential evangelicals of 2017:

  1. Billy Graham – he has preached the gospel to about 215 million around the world and has led over 3.2 million to make commitments to follow Jesus. He celebrated his 99th birthday this month.
  2. Franklin Graham – leads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and co-founded Samaritan’s Purse, which provides worldwide disaster and humanitarian relief.
  3. Joel Osteen – pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. His congregation is 45,000 attendees each week plus 7 million TV viewers.
  4. Mike Huckabee – former pastor, governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007 and Republican presidential candidate in 2008 and 2016. Hosts “Huckabee” on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.
  5. Pat Robertson – hosts “The 700 Club” and is the CEO of Regent University and the chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network.
  6. Rick Warren – founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church in southern California. Author of The Purpose Driven Life which has sold over 32 million copies.
  7. Jerry Falwell Jr. – president of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, one of the largest evangelical Christian colleges in the U.S.
  8. Joyce Meyer – a charismatic Christian author who has written more than 100 books. She hosts a popular TV show, “Enjoying Everyday Life.”
  9. Mike Pence – former Indiana governor and current Vice President. He has strong creationist and pro-life beliefs which are reflected in his political views.
  10. Mark Burnett and Roma Downey – a married couple who run Lightworks Media, the family and faith division of MGM studios. They have produced faith-based content such as “The Bible” miniseries and the 2016 release of “Ben-Hur.”

Who’s missing from the list? Who would you remove? Write me at

15 Comments on “Top Ten Most Influential Christians: Who Would You Add or Subtract?”

  1. I would remove Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer. They are both prosperity preachers and teach that we should all be materially prosperous. They lie and lead others into sin. They preach what people’s “itching ears” want to hear. See 2 Peter, all of chapter 2. Verse 17 b: “Blackest darkness is reserved for them.”

  2. Joel Osteen – is a false teacher and preaches another gospel
    Pat Robertson – poorly represents Christ and holds some weirf views on certain doctrines
    Rick Warren – is a wolf in sheeps clothing
    Jerry Falwell Jr. – if he is anything like his father i wouldn’t listen to him but im not familiar with his teachings to sau either way
    Joyce Meyer – is a false teacher
    Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are a criss between romam Catholic and new age and teach another gospel.

    I would add the late pastor Chuck Smith as a solid bible teacher. And Ray Comfort and Kurt Camron as faithful servants of Christ who preaches a Christ centered biblical Gospel

  3. I would also remove Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyers, both false teachers, and add the late Chuck Smith and Dr. Charles Stanley

  4. Definitely Remove: Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, Rick Warren (and probably Burnett/Downey).
    Definitely Add: Charles Stanley, Chuck Smith, J. Vernon McGee (and probably and Greg Laurie).

  5. I agree with the removal of Osteen & Meyer. Rick Warren , border line at best. I would add Ken Ham & Ravi Zacharias. Also , Pastor Chuck Baldwin. Even though he is passed away, D. James Kennedy deserves an honorable mention.

  6. I agree with the group above. Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer have to go. Both are prosperity nuts and false teachers! Add Charles Stanley and James Dobson. These two men are Greats!

  7. I like Franklyn G, and would add Dobson, Stanley. The poll said “influential” not Biblical. Also, Joel O, I liked his father. Joel gets a bad rap because he has a large church…he’s not a “false” teacher. But he did fold on critical questions, and he is soft on sin. The “prosperity” gospel, as it is put is not “evil” in itself. the Bible has a lot to say about money. Without it, you cannot run a ministry, feed the homeless, finance missions, or feed your family. The “prosperity Gospel” is really having enough for your needs and enough left over to take care of others. But, overemphasizing for the purpose of your own prosperity is bad. (Billy Graham used to pick up guests himself at the Airport)The preaching I hear about “prosperity” seems to smell of jealousy sometimes. Joel “O” in the late 90s, taught really well, as he had an excellent teacher in his Dad. His Mom overcame cancer by using Biblical principles. He does have his faults, as we all do. As a career marine, I always practiced, (Joe Mcgee’s), “steal from the Rich, and Ignore the Poor” . Take to good stuff from everyone, and ignore the bad stuff and use those tools. I do agree about Joyce, but only because of her lack of humility, not anything else.
    The bottom line is, in these last hours, the consecration, prayer level, witnessing, and the overt christian life has to be exuded because souls now depend on it. Spiritual Warfare is all around us, we don’t need to be “shining boots” and doing “parades” so to speak like in old corp peacetime marines, we need to practice “shooting, moving and communicating”, all warrior skills in these late bit dangerous times.
    For me the most influential is my Pastor, Matt S, Joe Mgee Ministries, B Graham, Gloria Copland, Willy George.

  8. Remove Joel Olsteen, add Greg Laurie & the late Chuck Smith. And I’m going to stand up for Joyce Meyer; I think she’s legit.

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