Most Powerful Influential Evangelical Leaders in America Today?

Craig Huey Faith 7 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

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Comments 7

  1. I don’t know of any Christian leaders today in America that have a profound impact in society. Of those that Craig has mentioned, if these are our leaders, I can only say God have mercy on us. Church leaders are the barometer of the spiritual condition of our churches and by default our surrounding culture. That being the case, it is no wonder that there is no genuine REVIVAL in thebody of Christ, and a resultant spiritual awakening in our nation. There is a real crisis of leadership all across the board, both secular and religious.

    1. Russell M. Nelson is not a Christian. He is a Mormon. Mormons are heretics, A false religion, a cult. All those poor deluded people who follow him will never be found on the road to heaven. There is only one way of salvation, only one way to heaven. Through having faith & trust in & believing in the virgin birth of, the life lived of, the death on the cross & shedding blood of, the resurrection from the dead of Jesus Christ, the one and only Son of God, then following Jesus Christ in obedience thereafter. And, The Holy Bible is The Word of God divinely inspired, breathed out of the mouth of God. That is what Christians follow, it is the truth! The book of mormon is not of the truth, never was and never will be.

      1. Thank you sooo much for your insightful comment. I am not a Catholic, am a protestant. I study my Bible five or more days a week and have not found legitimacy for the Book of Mormon or Catholicism. I listen to my teachers and follow CCCM sermons on Sundays. I feel secure in my faith and love for Jesus Christ.

    2. Patty –
      My, My! Boy are my ears burning! I thought you might be a Christian but by your hateful diatribe you have proven that you definitely not a true disciple of nor have you studied the teachings of our dear Savior Jesus Christ and how He taught us to treat our fellow brothers and sisters. By your hateful comments you have also proven your ignorance of what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints is really about and what our beliefs are. Unfortunately I have had to deal with narrow minded people like you before, so I will not continue this discussion with you and especially not in this format as I know that what you truly desire is to be able to continue your rant. I feel very sorry for you and forgive you for your vile remarks. In the future I hope that you might to take the time to study out and pray for wisdom, knowledge and guidance about a subject before you lash out and try to discredit other’s beliefs without a full knowledge of what you are talking about.


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