Who Are Some Prominent Southern Baptist Pastors?


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Prominent Southern Baptist pastors include Rick Warren, Franklin Graham and Charles Stanley. Influential Southern Baptist leaders who are deceased include Jerry Falwell, Bronson Ray and George Washington Truett.

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Warren is the founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, one of the largest megachurches in the United States. Warren's book, "The Purpose Driven Life," has sold more than 30 million copies as of 2015. Warren holds conservative views on theology and on social issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage. In 2009, Warren gave the invocation at the first inauguration ceremony for President Barack Obama.

Franklin Graham, son of famous evangelist Billy Graham, is an evangelist and president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, which focuses on international relief efforts. Graham became a Christian while visiting Jerusalem at the age of 22. Graham sparked controversy in 2001 when he called Islam a religion of hatred and war. He also criticized Hinduism, stating that its 9,000 gods wouldn't lead anyone to salvation.

Stanley is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia and the founder of In Touch Ministries. He is a broadcaster who speaks on topics such as parenting, emotional matters and finances.

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