Published On: Tue, Apr 21st, 2015

Franklin Graham, Joel Osteen, Mark Burnett, Roma Downey top Christian leaders

Newsmax dropped a new list of the Top 100 Christian Leaders in America and some familiar names grace the top spots: Franklin Graham, Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell Jr, Joyce Meyer as well as entertainers like Mark Burnett, Roma Downey, Chuck Norris, Kirk Cameron and Michael Sweet.

Rick Warren makes the list of Top Christian leaders in America, but who's number one? photo/Saddleback Church/Scott Tokar

Rick Warren makes the list of Top Christian leaders in America, but who’s number one?
photo/Saddleback Church/Scott Tokar

“Christianity’s challenges in today’s world of instantaneous information transmission and new brands of sin are not what they were a century ago, nor are they quite what they were during the socio-sexual revolution of the ’60s. And not all the names below are occupants of pulpits — not traditional physical pulpits, anyway,” the article notes.

Authors, speakers, a few politicians, musicians and businessmen fill out the extensive list beyond just figures leading a church.

Offering little commentary or insight, Newsmax has Franklin Graham a few slots ahead of his father, Billy; edging out Joel Osteen and wife Victoria for the top spot. Franklin heads Samaritan Purse while continuing to be an influential speaker and author.

Here’s the top 10 with their notes:

1. Franklin Graham, head of Samaritan’s Purse.

2. Joel Osteen, televangelist, pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, and best-selling author.

3. Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, creators of the successful television series “The Bible,” and its spinoff, “A.D. The Bible Continues.”

4. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington.

5. Billy Graham, legendary evangelist.

6. Rick Warren, founder and senior pastor of Saddleback evangelical megachurch in Lake Forest, California.

7. Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, Southern Baptist minister, and potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate.

8. Jerry Falwell, Jr., president of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, the world’s largest evangelical Christian university.

9. Joyce Meyer, founder of Joyce Meyer Ministries, host of “Enjoying Everyday Life” TV and radio show, bestselling author of more than 100 books.

10. Pat Robertson, chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network.

Tim Tebow comes in at number 37, Stryper frontman Michael Sweet at 39, Tony Perkins of FRC at 43, Creflo Dollar at 46 and Chuck Norris rounding out the top 50.

Check out the full list here


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