20 most influential pastors in the world: Who are they? (Updated 2024)

20 most influential pastors in the world: Who are they? (Updated 2024)

The African continent takes leading positions in ranking the most influential pastors in the world. Some of these pastors are founders of mega churches in the world and have held big crusades attended by thousands of people.

Most influential pastors in the world
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The list of the most influential pastors is evaluated based on various factors such as their theological contributions, their leadership and influence and their international fame. Majority of these pastors are founders of big churches that are attended by thousands of people.

Most influential pastors in the world: Top 20

1Kenneth Copeland
2David Oyedepo
3Enoch Adeboye
4Bishop Ayo Oritsejafor
5Chris Oyakhilome
6 Benny Hinn
7Joel Osteen
8Prophet Shepherd Bushiri
9 Uebert Angel
10Ray McCauley
11Alph Lukau
12Pastor Paul Adefarasin
13Creflo Dollar
14T. D. Jakes
15Joyce Meyer
16Jesse Duplantis
17Joby Martin
18 Paula White
19 David Ibiyeomie
20Steven Furtick

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Who are the most influential pastors in the world?

The most influential pastors in the world are known for his positive and motivational messages. Some are known for holding big crusades and are founders of some of the largest and fastest-growing churches in the world.

20. Steven Furtick

  • Full name: Larry Stevens Furtick Jr.
  • Date of birth: 19 February 1980
  • Age: 44 years old (as of 2024)
  • Nationality: American
  • Ministry: Elevation Church

Steven Furtick is one of the famous young pastors and the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Elevation Church is known for its contemporary worship style and rapid growth. Steven Furtick is also a prolific author, writing several books that often focus on personal development, faith, and Christian living.

19. David Ibiyeomie

Pastor David Ibiyeomie
David Ibiyeomie, pastor and founder of the Nigerian Pentecostal church Salvation Ministries. Photo: Yasuyoshi Chiba
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  • Full name: David Ibiyeomie
  • Date of birth: 21 October 1962
  • Age: 61 years old (as of 2024)
  • Nationality: Nigerian
  • Ministry: Salvation Ministries

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David launched Salvation Ministries in 1997 and has grown the church's membership to hundreds of thousands. David Ibiyeomie addresses millions through his television ministry, Hour of Salvation, and live services. He is also an author and host of an internet radio show.

18. Paula White

  • Full name: Paula Michelle White-Cain
  • Date of birth: 20 April 1966
  • Age: 57 years old (as of 2024)
  • Nationality: American
  • Ministry: New Destiny Christian Center

Paula White is a pastor, author, and televangelist. She is the senior pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida. Paula White is known for her energetic and charismatic preaching style. She has been involved in various television programs and has authored several books.

17. Joby Martin

  • Full name: Joby Martin
  • Date of birth: 1982
  • Age: 42 years old (as of 2024)
  • Nationality: American
  • Ministry: The Church of Eleven22

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Joby Martin is an American pastor and the lead pastor of The Church of Eleven22, a non-denominational Christian church based in Jacksonville, Florida. Joby Martin is known for his dynamic preaching style and commitment to teaching the Bible in a way relevant to contemporary issues.

16. Jesse Duplantis

American Jesse Duplantis preaching
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  • Full name: Jesse Duplantis
  • Date of birth: 9 July 1949
  • Age: 74 years old (as of 2024)
  • Nationality: American
  • Ministry: Jesse Duplantis Ministries

Jesse Duplantis has been preaching since 1976, when he established Jesse Duplantis Ministries. Many people enjoy how he incorporates comedy and music into his sermons. Jesse Duplantis has published several books, including Why Isn't My Giving Working?: The Four Types of Giving and One More Night with the Frogs. God Is Not Enough; He Is Too Much!.

15. Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer
Author/personality Joyce Meyer poses for a portrait in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Harry Langdon
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  • Full name: Pauline Joyce Meyer
  • Date of birth: 4 June 1943
  • Age: 80 years old (as of 2024)
  • Nationality: American
  • Ministry: Joyce Meyer Ministries

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Joyce Meyer is a well-known American author, speaker, and Bible teacher. She is the president of Joyce Meyer Ministries, a non-profit organisation that focuses on sharing the Gospel and providing humanitarian aid worldwide. Her teachings emphasise the importance of applying biblical wisdom to everyday challenges and fostering spiritual growth.

14. T. D. Jakes

pastor T. D. Jakes
T. D. Jakes attends the 2023 Hope Global Forum at Hyatt Regency Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo: Derek White
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  • Full name: Thomas Dexter Jakes
  • Date of birth: 9 June 1957
  • Age: 66 years old (as of 2024)
  • Nationality: American
  • Ministry: The Potter's House

T.D. Jakes is a prominent American bishop, author, and filmmaker. He is the founder and bishop of The Potter's House, a non-denominational church in Dallas, Texas. The Potter's House is one of the largest and most influential churches in the United States.

T.D. Jakes is well known for his dynamic preaching style and has gained international recognition for his faith, prosperity, and self-help messages. He is also a prolific author with numerous best-selling books covering spirituality, personal development, and relationships.

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13. Creflo Dollar

Dr. Creflo A. Dollar
Dr. Creflo A. Dollar signed his book "8 Steps To Create The Life You Want" at Borders Books and Music in Chicago, Illinois. Photo: Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives
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  • Full name: Creflo Augustus Dollar, Jr.
  • Date of birth: 28 January 1962
  • Age: 62 years old (as of 2024)
  • Nationality: American
  • Ministry: Christian World Changers Church International

Creflo Dollar is the founder of the non-denominational Christian World Changers Church International. The church is based in College Park, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. The preacher has written many books, including 8 Steps to Create the Life You Want (2008). Creflo Dollar also speaks at conferences and writes about his gospel of wealth and his involvement in televangelism.

12. Pastor Paul Adefarasin

  • Full name: Paul Adeolu Adefarasin
  • Date of birth: 1963
  • Age: 61 years old (as of 2024)
  • Nationality: Nigerian
  • Ministry: House on the Rock

Paul Adeolu Adefarasin is the Prelate and Metropolitan Senior Pastor of the House on the Rock Church, based in Lagos, Nigeria. Paul Adefarasin has written, authored, and self-published over 20 inspirational Christian mini-books and multimedia materials.

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11. Alph Lukau

  • Full name: Alph Lukau
  • Date of birth: 25 October 1975
  • Age: 48 years old (as of 2024)
  • Nationality: South African
  • Ministry: Alleluia Ministries International

Alph Lukau is the General Overseer of Alleluia Ministries International. This is a gospel denomination in South Africa, founded in 2002. Pastor Alph Lukau is also a coach, mentor, father, and leader of leaders. He is an outstanding businessman and a market figure.

10. Ray McCauley

  • Full name: Ray McCauley
  • Date of birth: 1 October 1949
  • Age: 74 years old (as of 2024)
  • Nationality: South African
  • Ministry: International Federation of Christian Churches

Ray McCauley is among the 10 most powerful pastor in the world. He started his service in the ministry in the late 1970s. He is a well-known speaker at church events around the world. McCauley has also been a strong opponent of gay rights. Ray McCauley has authored several books, including Our God Is An Awesome God (1993), Walk-In Faith (1998) and Making Your World Different (2000).

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9. Uebert Angel

  • Full name: Uebert Angel Mudzanire
  • Date of birth: 6 September 1978
  • Age: 45 years old (as of 2024)
  • Nationality: British-Zimbabwean
  • Ministry: Spirit Embassy

Uebert Angel became famous thanks to the activities of the Spirit Embassy, an organisation he founded and led. Uebert Angel and his wife pay much attention to charity projects in Africa and Asia.

To help poor children get scholarships, they founded the Uebert Angel Foundation. Their Free Earth Humanitarian Organisation helps poor people satisfy their daily needs.

8. Prophet Shepherd Bushiri

  • Full name: Shepherd Bushiri
  • Date of birth: 20 February 1983
  • Age: 41 years old (as of 2024)
  • Nationality: Malawian
  • Ministry: Enlightened Christian Gathering

Shepherd Bushiri founded and leads the Enlightened Christian Gathering, a Christian non-denominational evangelical church. He has established numerous churches in Ghana, Malawi, South Sudan, South Africa, and other countries.

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He is one of the world's wealthiest pastors and one of Africa's richest individuals.

7. Joel Osteen

Pastor Joel Osteen
Joel Osteen speaks during SiriusXM Joel Osteen Radio Town Hall with Joel and Victoria Osteen at SiriusXM Studios in New York City. Photo: Bonnie Biess
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  • Full name: Joel Scott Osteen
  • Date of birth: 5 March 1963
  • Age: 61 years old (as of 2024)
  • Nationality: American
  • Ministry: Lakewood Church

Joel Osteen is one of the most popular pastors in the USA. He is a televangelist and the author of numerous Christian books, with over 7 million readers worldwide in more than 100 countries.

Osteen's preachings emphasise the power of a positive attitude and love. He says one should concentrate more on God's goodness than on sins. Joel Osteen is also an author, and one of his best-selling books is Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential.

6. Benny Hinn

Benny Hinn
Faith healer Benny Hinn during his Miracle Crusade at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim. Photo: Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times
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  • Full name: Toufik Benedictus "Benny" Hinn
  • Date of birth: 3 December 1952
  • Age: 71 years old (as of 2024)
  • Nationality: American-Canadian
  • Ministry: World Healing Center Church

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Benny Hinn is a televangelist of Israeli origin. People love him thanks to "Miracle Crusades" – a faith healing summit usually held in a stadium and translated worldwide. Benny Hinn originally comes from Jaffa, but the Arab-Israel War made his family move to Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

As a young boy, he showed a great interest in religion. One of the most memorable events he attended was a "miracle service" by the evangelist Kathryn Kuhlman in Pittsburgh. His television show, This Is Your Day, is one of the world's most popular Christian shows, airing daily in 200 countries.

5. Chris Oyakhilome

  • Full name: Christian Oyakhilome
  • Date of birth: 7 December 1963
  • Age: 60 years old (as of 2024)
  • Nationality: Nigerian
  • Ministry: Christ Embassy

Oyakhilome is the founder of the Christ Embassy and is widely known as Pastor Chris. His sermons are translated into 143 languages, attracting more than 40,000 faithful people to his church.

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His church now includes politicians and entrepreneurs. He is one of those famous Nigerian pastors with thousands of followers worldwide. Chris became well-known thanks to many healings, his philanthropic work (including helping the poor), and a high level of spiritual development.

4. Bishop Ayo Oritsejafor

Nigerian Bishop Ayo Oritsejafor
Bishop Ayo Oritsejafor. Photo: @Ayo Oritsejafor (modified by author)
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  • Full name: Ayodele Joseph Oritsegbubemi Oritsejafor
  • Nationality: Nigerian
  • Ministry: Word of Life Bible Church

Ayo Oritsejafor has vigorously defended quality, freedom rights, and the church's existence in Nigeria. Bishop Ayodele has received several awards for his humanitarian initiatives and actions aimed at peace. He has also released many books about the church's power and faith.

3. Enoch Adeboye

Pastor Enoch Adeboye
General Overeer Pastor Enoch Adeboye preaches to the congregation at the Redeemed Christian Church of God Sunday. Photo: Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle
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  • Full name: Enoch Adejare Adeboye
  • Date of birth: 2 March 1942
  • Age: 82 years old (as of 2024)
  • Nationality: Nigerian
  • Ministry: Redeemed Christian Church of God

Pastor E. A. Adeboye belongs to the Redeemed Christian Church of God. Enoch Adejare Adeboye's career began as a lecturer in math at the universities of Lagos and Ilorin. In 1973, he decided to devote his activity to religion, got involved in the church and started spreading the gospel.

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Later, he was formally anointed as pastor. His duties at Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) included the translation of sermons into English. He also organised Bible Study gatherings, Revivals, Crusades, evangelistic programs and Outreach.

2. David Oyedepo

  • Full name: David Olaniyi Oyedepo
  • Date of birth: 27 September 1954
  • Age: 69 years old (as of 2024)
  • Nationality: Nigerian
  • Ministry: Living Faith Church Worldwide

David O. Oyedepo is one of the most popular pastor in the world. He is currently the president of the World Mission Agency Incorporated (WMA) and Christian Ministry Organization. He was raised by his grandmother, who taught him to pray and other vital things in life.

He studied architecture at the Kwara State Polytechnic and worked with the Federal Ministry of Housing in Ilorin. David Oyedepo owns two leading Nigerian private universities, Covenant University and Landmark University, and is a chancellor.

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1. Kenneth Copeland

  • Full name: Kenneth Max Copeland
  • Date of birth: 6 December 1936
  • Age: 87 years old (as of 2024)
  • Nationality: American
  • Ministry: Eagle Mountain International Church

Kenneth Max Copeland is the most famous pastor in the world. Kenneth Copeland is a public speaker, an American author, a musician, and a televangelist whose main aim is to help people and change their lives through the power of God's Word. His Texas-based Kenneth Copeland Ministries (KCM) specialises in biblical teaching.

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