The best pastors in the world are in our midst. Successfully coming up with a list of these prominent preachers of the Holy Gospel is a challenging task. However, it is challenging but not impossible. If you are serious about knowing them, then you are in the right place. We’ll present a list of men and women who are well known to be the most prominent pastors in America and the world at large. Handling the gospel is very different from handling other tasks. It is a whole complex and sophisticated sphere which involves spiritual beings which are not visible to the normal eye. What makes it more exciting is the belief in beings that we’ve never seen. That’s why not everyone becomes a pastor. It is written in the scriptures that a pastor is divinely chosen to accomplish God’s will as we can read from 1 Corinthians 12:28-29.
Hence, meeting a pastor is a great privilege and honor from God. A pastor is like a shepherd who has been entrusted with a flock of sheep to feed, guide, lead, and protect from all wild animals. It is in this light that we’ll present the best pastors in the world. We’ll focus our classification on the visible works that they have accomplished and are still accomplishing in obedience to God’s call in their lives. Since the beginning of Christianity, pastors have always played an important role in leading God’s children into doing what pleases him. Even from creation, we observed that God has always chosen specific men to guide his people while reminding them of his love and laws. By coming up with the list of the best pastors in the world, we do not mean to say that the other pastors are by any means less important.
List of best pastors in the world
Chosen according to their accomplishments in advancing the Kingdom of God
Prophet TB Joshua
TB Joshua is the General Overseer and senior pastor of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN). The SCOAN is a Christ-Centered Organization which has its headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria. It was established with respect to a Divine Decree. That’s why the Church’s head is no other person apart from Jesus Christ. Instructions to start the SCOAN came to prophet TB Joshua at the end of 40 days fasting in the wilderness. The prophet recounts that at the end of his 40 days fasting, he went into a divine trance that lasted for three days. In the state of trance, his eyes were opened to see heaven. He could clearly see the prophets of old and Apostles like Peter and Paul. These men who gave up their lives as a living sacrifice for God were sitting around Jesus Christ whose shinning face could not be looked.
It was then that Jesus Christ ordered TB Joshua to take the gospel to the ends of the world. A bible was deposited in his heart and he was given a small cross with the instructions that the cross will be increased or reduced on a yearly basis depending on his faithfulness in spreading the gospel. That is, the more he is faithful to God, the bigger the cross he is given. And on the other hand, failing in his duty will result to a small cross. But luckily enough, since he received his mandate, he has been faithful to God who has been entrusting him to bigger tasks. Worth noting is that God has been with him through the manifestations of the power of the Holy Ghost. In the name of Jesus Christ at the SCOAN, the dead are raised, the blind can see, and the sick healed.
Kenneth Max Copeland
Popularly known as Kenneth Copeland, he is an American Christian author, preacher, and televangelist. He is well known around the world for his messages on prosperity and abundance. He is the Founder, General Overseer, and Senior pastor of Kenneth Copeland Ministries. It is on this Christ-centered platform that he preaches the gospel as well as shares his knowledge on financial success. Kenneth Copeland Ministries is a 1,500-acre campus that has headquarters around Fort Worth. This campus host a church and a private airstrip which turns out to be a mini-airport for housing Kenneth Copeland ministry’s private jet as well as other aircraft used for ministry purposes. Kenneth Max Copeland is well known for his flying passion around the world. This made him become the personal pilot of Oral Roberts.
Before Kenneth Max Copeland fully embraced Christianity and ministry, he was flourishing in commercial success as a musician. In the year 1957, he released a record entitled “Pledge of Love”. Kenneth Copeland is married to Gloria who is also a popular televangelist on the christian show known as “Believers Voice Of Victory”. Copeland himself is an influential public speaker who is highly solicited around the world for his Biblical and Financial knowledge. He has been into ministry for so many years and God has greatly blessed him in terms of finances. He figures among the richest pastors in the world.
Bishop David Oyedepo
David Oyedepo is a Nigerian pastor who was born in September 1954. He is currently one of the most influential and richest pastors in the world. Popularly known as Bishop Oyedepo, he is the Founder, General Overseer, and Senior Pastor of Living Faith Church Worldwide, A.K.A. Winner’s Chapel International. His church which is one of the most populated in the world has over 50,000 members. His church has many branches in different countries around the world. Since the beginning of his ministry, God has been with him thereby making him prosperous in everything. His church has known an exponential growth since its creation in 1981. It has attracted members from different angles of the world who want to experience the power of God.
David Oyedepo is one of those who greatly contributed to the establishment of the Nigerian Christian Charismatic Movement. The Living Faith Church Worldwide which he founded is almost in every state in Nigeria. In addition to having branches in over 45 African countries, the Living Faith Church Worldwide also has branches across Europe and in countries like the USA, UK, Dubai. In 2008, the Guinness Book Of Record recognized the Living Faith Church auditorium as the largest church auditorium in the world. David Oyedepo is a highly respected influential speaker and christian author whose messages on prosperity are highly solicited around the world. He owns three private universities, four private jets, and a secondary school.
Although born in Israel, Benny Hinn is a famous American televangelist and well-known preacher. He is highly solicited around the world for his regular “miracle crusades”. These are faith healing summits which are usually held in the biggest stadiums in the world. They are later broadcast worldwide on Benny Hinn’s television program known as “This Is Your Day”.
Benny Hinn’s books on the personality of the Holy Spirit are highly solicited around the world for being very rich in knowledge. This man of God has greatly impacted the lives of many people across the world.
William Franklin “Billy” Graham Jr.
William Franklin “Billy” Graham Jr is a famous American evangelical preacher who was born in 1918. His accomplishments for the gospel are quite alarming that we couldn’t afford to omit him from our list of best pastors in the world. He dominated preaching for almost a century. He was more of a spiritual adviser to many influential leaders among which were American presidents like Lyndon Johnson, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Richard Nixon. It was at the Trinity Bible College in Florida that Billy Graham completed his Anthropology and Biblical studies. Billy had his sermons broadcast on television and radio in order to reach more people. His church experienced tremendous growth thereby giving him about 2.2 Billion followers around the world in over 185 countries. He was referred to as America’s pastor.
Billy Graham partook in many political events. He was among those who bailed Dr Martin Luther King Jr out of jail. Pastor Billy also supported Nixon in a remarkable way during the Vietnam war. During his whole life, he made use of the television and radio broadcast to reach more people than any other christian evangelist unto our knowledge. He happens to be one of the famous pastors to have lived a long life of 99 years before dying. He founded Christianity today and greatly contributed to bringing evangelicals from around the whole world.
Haddon Robinson is one of the best pastors in the world who was born in 1931 and lived a life of serving God. He was a professor of theology who taught at three prominent and prestigious evangelical. One of these was the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston. Dr. Haddon Robinson wrote a book entitled “Biblical Preaching”. This book the most widely-used preaching book which is used by colleges and seminaries around the world to train and equip young ministers of the Holy Gospel. This book has been used to train millions of young preachers in different countries around the world. In 2010, it was granted the noble title of “most powerful preaching book for the last 25 years”.
Dr. Haddon Robinson is unarguably one of the best pastors in the world who also features among the Top Pastors in America. His influence in North America was so intense that even pagans and children could easily notice him. Dr. Haddon Robinson died in the year 2017 and was classed among the most influential preachers of the gospel that America has ever had. Dr. Robinson received the E.K. Bailey “Living Award” in 2008.
John Stephan Piper
Popularly known as John Piper, he is a Calvinist Baptist preacher who is regarded as a powerful leader of young pastors. He has greatly influenced young pastors through his writing and preaching. He was a great leader of DesiringGod.org. John Piper also served as chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis. He also served as pastor to the baptist church in the city. John Piper’s messages reflect a deep insight into the Holy Scriptures. His passion for preaching has greatly contributed to the advancement of God’s Kingdom.
John Piper’s preaching career lasted for 33 years during which he authored over 50 christian books with deep insight. These books became best sellers and winners of numerous prestigious awards including the ECPA Christian Book Award. Below are some of his most popular books which are highly solicited around the world:
- The passion of Jesus Christ and other
- Pierced by the word
- What Jesus demands from the world
- Desiring God: Meditation of a Christian Hedonist
- Spectacular sins
- God’s passion for his glory
- Don’t waste your life
Bishop T.D. Jakes
Bishop T.D. Jakes has been classed as one of the top pastors in American. Considered as America’s best preacher, he has featured on the cover of TIME magazine. Bishop T.D. Jakes is quite familiar with American presidents like Bush and Obama. Both presidents praised and encouraged his pastoral activities. Bishop Jakes is one of the world’s famous preachers who is of a Nigerian Origin but was born in the USA in 1957. Thomas Dexter Jakes is a christian author, film producer, and preacher of the Holy Gospel. He is the Founder, General Overseer, and Senior pastor of the Potter’s House. The Potter’s House is one of the most famous and populated American Churches that is located in Dallas (Texas).
Potter’s House is a non-denomination church which is popularly referred to as American Megachurch. It has about 30,000 congregants. Potter’s Touch TV program is hosted by a nationally known figure whose influential voice is highly respected and heard from many broadcast USA stations. Bishop Jakes also does a couple of things besides running American Megachurch. He record’s gospel music which led him to win a Grammy in the nomination “Best Gospel Album of the year”. Bishop Jakes has also successfully made it in the movie production industry. A few of his popular movies are “Faith under Fire”, and “Mind, body, and soul”. He has also written books that have become best-sellers like “The Lady, her love and her God” and “Women, thou art loosed”.
Andy Stanley is the chief pastor of Atlanta Suburban Megachurch. Stanley founded North Point Ministry in 1995. It is a worldwide christian organization which has several branches across the USA and the world at large. It would have been a mistake to omit Andy Stanley from our list of best pastors in the world. He is a leading personality among the top pastors in America.
Stanley started at the First Baptist Church in Atlanta from where he developed a personalized way of communication with young pastors. Apart from encouraging and guiding young pastors, he has also helped them to shape their preaching style. He developed a passion for preaching even when he was still a young adult. His preaching skills are explained for those who want to learn in his book entitled “Communication for change”.
Richard Duane “Rick” Warren
Popularly known as Richard Duane Warren, he is a famous figure among church planters, pastors, and Christians in the USA. He is one of the Top American pastors who consecrated his life to serving God. This famous evangelical christian preacher is the Founder, General Overseer, and Senior pastor of Saddleback Church, California, USA. This church is the eight-largest in the country. Richard Warren is also a successful author of bestselling books like “Purpose Driven Church” and “Purpose Driven Life” which has sold around 30 million copies. He was listed in the New York Times as one of the bestselling authors.
Richard Duane Warren believes that i is possible to bring global harmony on our planet. Together with his followers, they have been working on it. They follow his five-point plan known as “P.E.A.C.E. plan”. It is more of a call for:
- planting churches
- Equipping ministers of the gospel
- Assisting the poor
- Caring for the sick
Pastor warren lives on 10% of his income and the rest is given to the poor and those in need. He is well known for having embraced technology as an evangelical means through which he can reach thousands and millions at a time.
Paulla Michelle White
Paulla Michelle White is a female American evangelical preacher of the Holy Gospel. Our list of the best pastors in the world would be incomplete without the presence of Paulla Michelle White. She is a philanthropist, christian author, and televangelist who has a passion in spreading the Good News Of Jesus Christ. She embraced the christian religion in the 80s. Paulla’s church is named Without Walls International Church. It was formerly called South Tampa Christian Church. Although the church experienced lots of ups and downs at its beginning, it currently has about 20,000 congregants.
Paulla Michelle is currently the chief pastor of a non-denominational New Destiny Christian Center in Florida. She has a TV show known as “Paulla White Today”. This interesting TV Show is broadcast on several networks like the Trinity Broadcasting Network and Black Entertainment Television.
We’ve decided to end our presentation here but you must note that if we were to list all the best pastors in the world, we’ll soon get exhausted without even reaching half way.
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