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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Top 10 Most Influential Christian Leaders of 2010

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

RUSSIA (ANS) -- Christian Telegraph (www.christiantelegraph.com), the largest Christian Internet ministry in the Russian language and news agency, has named their 2010 ministers of the year. They say that they have been selected “because of their vast influence on Christianity.”

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Christian Telegraph’s main editor Serge Serhiienko says, “What influenced the choices were their accomplishments in 2010, polling data and frequency of mention in the press.”

Among their selection for the most influential ministers of the year 2010 (with their wording), are:

Evangelist of the year -- Reinhard Bonnke

Reinhard Bonnke

The legendary evangelist has brought millions of people in Africa to the Lord. Even as Reinhard is in his 70’s, his passion for Jesus is still going strong and he desires to awaken Europe, which has been spiritually asleep, to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. In addition to massive crusades, he views the Internet as a great tool for evangelism and updates his Facebook page every day. Reinhard has also prepared a successor for himself.

Writer of the year -- Lisa Bevere

Being an international speaker, author of many bestsellers and TV show hostess, Lisa Bevere is one of the few who encourages women all around the world to raise their voices and change this world for the better. In 2010 Lisa wrote the book “Lioness Arising: Wake Up and Change Your World,” in which she shared a prophetic message for women.

Missionary of the year -- Jaerock Lee

Jaerock Lee

This pastor knows that the lives of Christians are to be holy and should be empowered by the Holy Spirit. He founded Manmin Church, a mega-church in Seoul, South Korea, and works to bring revival and the Gospel to the most remote corners of the world. Just a few of the other countries he has impacted are Israel, Peru, Estonia, the United States of America, India, and countries in Africa.

Diplomat of the year -- Rick Warren

The pastor of the mega-church, Saddleback, was named one of the most popular and influential users of Twitter. Rick Warren is one of the few pastors who publicly speaks with influential governmental officials. In 2010 he interviewed former United States of America president George W. Bush in his church.

Philanthropist of the year -- Franklin Graham

Franklin Graham

Franklin Graham has dedicated his life to preaching the Gospel and to helping those who are in desperate situations, including economically and medically. He is the President of the world-wide relief organization Samaritan’s Purse and the President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Samaritan's Purse is working in more than 100 countries.

Pastor of the year -- Paul Melnichuk

Being the son of Ukrainian immigrants, Paul Melnichuk built a multi-national mega-church called The Prayer Palace in Toronto, Canada. Despite the very liberal society around him, Paul preaches the uncompromised Gospel. The Prayer Palace unites Christians from more than 50 nationalities.

Leader of the year -- James Davis

James Davis

James Davis is the co-founder of the growing coalition of ministries and denominations called Billion Soul Network. It includes more than 350,000 churches. James is a gifted leader and his goal is to strengthen relations between pastors in order to plant five million churches and bring one billion people to Christ.

Reformer of the year -- Mark Driscoll

He is the Pastor Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington and is working to reform the approach of having church and being a community of believers. He is using the latest technologies to do that. Mars Hill Church has created its own internet network, which is a virtual community that helps church members build strong relationships.

Broadcaster of the year -- James Dobson

James Dobson

After more than 30 years of ministry and, as the leader of one of the most influential pro-family organizations in the U.S.A., Focus on the Family, James Dobson left the ministry that he founded and started a new radio program called Family Talk. The focus of the new program is to strengthen the institution of family, which James says is the foundation of a strong society.

Strategist of the year -- Leonard Sweet

Leonard Sweet is a historian of the American culture, futurist who sees the trends in the society that are unnoticed by others and a writer. Leonard is also a consultant to many churches and develops strategies to fulfill the Great Commission in the digital age of the 21st century.


Dan Wooding, 70, is an award winning British journalist now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 47 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS) and was, for ten years, a commentator, on the UPI Radio Network in Washington, DC. He now hosts the weekly “Front Page Radio” show on KWVE in Southern California which is also carried on the Calvary Radio Network throughout the United States. The program is also aired in Great Britain on Calvary Chapel Radio UK. Besides this, Wooding is a host for His Channel Live, which is carried via the Internet to some 200 countries. You can follow Dan on Facebook under his name there or at ASSIST News Service. He is the author of some 44 books. Two of the latest include his autobiography, “From Tabloid to Truth”, which is published by Theatron Books. To order a copy, press this link. Wooding, who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, has also recently released his first novel “Red Dagger” which is available here


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