It’s estimated that about 62 million Americans are evangelical Christians. Here are 10 of the most influential evangelicals of 2017:
- 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.
- Franklin Graham – leads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and co-founded Samaritan’s Purse, which provides worldwide disaster and humanitarian relief.
- Joel Osteen – pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. His congregation is 45,000 attendees each week plus 7 million TV viewers.
- 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.
- Pat Robertson – hosts “The 700 Club” and is the CEO of Regent University and the chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network.
- 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.
- Jerry Falwell Jr. – president of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, one of the largest evangelical Christian colleges in the U.S.
- Joyce Meyer – a charismatic Christian author who has written more than 100 books. She hosts a popular TV show, “Enjoying Everyday Life.”
- Mike Pence – former Indiana governor and current Vice President. He has strong creationist and pro-life beliefs which are reflected in his political views.
- 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.”
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