Best Pulpiteers (BCNN1's Top 10 Picks of 2012)
We chose these preachers purely based upon their preaching gifts and talents and nothing else. These are preachers who are, as the old folks used to say, "preaching machines." They have a gift for expounding upon the Word of God and can really 'shuck the corn' by the grace of God.
1. Jeffrey A. Johnson, Sr. | Eastern Star Church (Indianapolis, IN)
Pastor Jeffrey A. Johnson, Sr. is a spirit-filled preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He accepted his call to ministry at the age of 17. He received a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Religion from Paul Quinn college, formerly Bishop College in Dallas, Texas, graduating with honors. He also attended Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. A devoted husband and dedicated family man, Pastor Johnson is married to Sharon Henry Johnson and is the loving father of four sons, Jeffrey Allen, II, Jordan Adam, Jalon Alexander and Josiah Andrew. God has certainly laid His hands on the life and ministry of Pastor Jeffrey A. Johnson, Sr.
2. Ralph D. West | The Church Without Walls (Houston TX)
Dr. Ralph Douglas West serves as founder and senior pastor of The Church Without Walls (Brookhollow Baptist Church, Houston, Texas). He first preached as a sixteen year old in his native Houston. The church began with 32 members and now embraces 24,000 families meeting in three locations and conducting six services each Sunday. Dr. West is affectionately known as PAS.
Dr. West completed degrees at Bishop College, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Beeson Divinity School, where he received the Doctor of Ministry Degree. He serves as Adjunct Professor of Preaching at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University. He has an abiding commitment to the church and the academy, relating with equal ease to both venues and using his influence to mentor ministers in both locations. He speaks perennially at colleges, universities and seminaries across America as well as at Regent's Park College, Oxford University.
3. T.D. Jakes | The Potter's House (Dallas, TX)
T. D. Jakes is a charismatic leader, visionary, provocative thinker, and entrepreneur who serves as senior pastor of The Potter's House, a global humanitarian organization and 30,000-member church located in Dallas.
Named "America's Best Preacher" by Time Magazine, Jakes' voice reverberates from the world's most prominent stages. Through a nexus of charitable works, T.D. Jakes extends a hand of help to the needy, heart of compassion to the hurting, and message of empowerment to the oppressed and disenfranchised.
4. Tony Evans | Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship (Dallas, TX)
Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country's most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.
The first African-American to graduate with a doctoral degree from Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), he served as an associate professor in DTS' Pastoral Ministries Department in the areas of evangelism, homiletics and black church studies. He continues to serve DTS on the Board of Incorporate Members. Through his local church and national ministry Dr. Evans promotes a Kingdom agenda philosophy that teaches God's comprehensive rule over every sphere of life as demonstrated through the individual, family, church and society.
5. Dwight McKissic, Sr. | Cornerstone Baptist Church (Arlington, TX)
William Dwight McKissic, Sr. is a prominent African-American Southern Baptist minister from Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He is the founder and current senior pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas.
McKissic planted Cornerstone Baptist Church in 1983 in his garage. Today, Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas averages about 1,800 parishioners each Sunday. McKissic's vision is to continue developing a multi-cultural ministry that will eventually house a K-12 school, retreat and communications center, and also ministries to reach and mentor fatherless children. In addition to mentoring church planters, he is the author of several books including "Beyond Roots: In Search of Blacks In The Bible", "Beyond Roots II: If Anybody Asks You Who I Am", and "Moving From Fear to Faith". McKissic has served as a guest lecturer for schools such as Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he serves as a trustee, Criswell College, University of Minnesota, Emory University, Southern Illinois University, Wheaton College, and Harvard University.
6. John Hagee | Cornerstone Church (San Antonio, TX)
Pastor John C. Hagee is the founder and Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, a non-denominational evangelical church with more than 20,000 active members. Pastor Hagee is founder and President of John Hagee Ministries, which telecasts his national radio and television teachings throughout America and in 249 nations worldwide.
Pastor John Hagee received his theological training from Southwestern Assemblies of God University, his Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and earned his Masters Degree from North Texas University.
Pastor Hagee and his lovely wife Diana are blessed with five children and 12 grandchildren.
7. Miles McPherson | The Rock Church (San Diego, CA)
Miles McPherson is a man radically transformed by God. Miles is the Senior Pastor of the Rock Church in San Diego, one of the fastest growing churches in the United States. A former defensive back with the San Diego Chargers, Miles also is President and founder of Miles Ahead, an outreach ministry focused on sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with teens and adults all over the world.
Two years into his pro football career, Miles was battling a drug problem and living an immoral lifestyle. That's when he gave his life to Jesus Christ, and never looked back. Miles began to work as a Bible teacher, youth pastor and speaker with a track record of appealing to diverse audiences, large and small.
Known for his frank and funny delivery, Miles loves to call people to think about how God has prepared them to do something significant with their lives. He's a prolific speaker, one who can talk to anyone -- from prison inmates to senior citizens. He challenges everyone to go out and do something for God!
8. Samuel Rodriguez | New Season Christian Worship Center (Sacramento, CA)
CNN named Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, "The leader of the Hispanic Evangelical movement". The Wall St. Journal identified him as one of America's most influential Hispanic Leaders, and the only religious ;eader on the list. Meanwhile the San Francisco Chronicle described Samuel as one of the 6 Leaders of the New Evangelical Leadership. Charisma Magazine Identifies Rev. Samuel Rodriguez as America's most influential spirit-filled Christian Leader in the political sphere. By God's Grace, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez stands as one of America's Leading Christian Voices.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of some of America's leading Evangelical organizations such as: Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, National Association of Evangelicals, Empower 21 and Christianity Today. Rodriguez is also the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award presented by the Congress of Racial Equality.
He is an Assemblies of God Ordained Minister since the age of 23. Rodriguez also serves as Senior Pastor of New Season Christian Worship Center in Sacramento, CA where he resides in California with his wife of 22 years, Eva and their three children.
9. Lou Baldwin | Crossroads Baptist Church (Bailey's Crossroads, Virginia)
Lou Baldwin is founder and Pastor Emeritus of the Crossroads Baptist Church in Bailey's Crossroads, Virginia, where he pastored for thirty years. A successful businessman who relocated to the Washington, DC area from Tallahassee, Florida, he trusted Christ as Savior on July 22, 1976.
In 1978, he felt the call of God to preach, and entered the Fairfax Baptist Temple Missions Academy to prepare for the ministry. Upon graduation in 1981, his family was commissioned to Washington, DC to plant the Northwest Baptist Temple, an independent, fundamental Baptist church. Twenty months later, the church relocated to suburban Northern Virginia and was renamed "Crossroads Baptist Church." In 1993, the Doctor of Divinity degree was conferred upon Pastor Baldwin by the Atlantic Baptist Bible College. In 1996, he was honored with a Doctorate of Laws degree from Bob Jones University.
His personal burden resulted in the inception of the Conference on Evangelizing Black America (COEBA) in 1994. As founder of this movement, he pilots an international effort to plant New Testament Baptist churches in black communities.
10. Denny Davis | St. John Church (Grand Prairie, TX)
A great pastor must possess both vision and a heart for God and His people. The St. John Church has found both and more in Pastor Denny D. Davis, Sr. He is a pastor with conviction, integrity, and a big heart, who has been shepherding the St. John Church for 19 years.
His gift and calling was continually nurtured and developed under the watch of many of Dallas' veteran pastors and preachers, including the late Rev. S.M. Wright of The People's Baptist Church. It was with the support of these pastors, that Rev. Davis learned what it truly meant to shepherd and lead a people.
Since assuming the pastorate position, St. John has grown exponentially both spiritually and physically. The Lord has blessed and added more than 12,000 new members, and more than 80 ministries within the church. Under Pastor Davis' guidance, St. John Church has become one church in multiple locations offering four Sunday worship services and three mid-week Bible studies every week.
Pastor Davis is married to Wanda Levette Bolton-Davis and has three children: Kandis Levette, Denny Dwight II, and Destiny DeYonne.