10 Greatest Preachers of All Time

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Who do you consider the ten greatest preachers of all time?  Who would make your list? Comment and tell us and why.

Ten Greatest Preachers

The preachers I have selected may differ from yours but those that I have selected were based upon the impact that they had on their churches, on the individuals in those churches and in the society or areas in which they did their ministries.  These men poured out their lives like a drink offering, leaving nothing left by the end of their lives and giving more than a hundred Christians might give in a lifetime.  Just how much impact they will have made cannot be estimated or completely understood until that day that we stand before the Lord for our rewards and see our treasures in heaven.  There are so many down through the ages that it is hard to select just ten but these were among the greatest preachers of all time, if not for all eternity.  Naturally, I should put Jesus first because not only was He the Word, He is the Authority behind the Word and His preaching cut to the quick.  Obviously, all preaching flows from Him as He directs the church, being the Head of the Church, so clearly Jesus Christ is the greatest preacher of all time.  Others would argue that it was John the Baptist who was said to be the greatest of men born to women (Matt 11:11) but at this time I am restricting this article to those chosen, human vessels to Whom He has called and He has anointed beyond the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry.

2 Timothy 4:2 “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”

#10  The Preacher Apostle Paul

Who can argue that the Apostle Paul was not the most effective preacher of the Word.  We cannot overlook Paul just because He was the most prolific of writers in the New Testament or that he planted churches throughout the Roman Empire because much of his of preaching was done in his letters to the churches.  Preachers for two-thousand years would use his letters to proclaim the gospel to their congregation and to the lost.  His preaching in the books of the New Testament is still effectually bringing people to Christ through the use of the law to humble them and then grace coming to those who were broken over their sins.

Paul was so bold that he once walked right into the Areopagus, and preached to thousands of Greeks who knew nothing of the One, True God.  He told them in contrast to the altar that was dedicated to the “unknown god” he was about to proclaim to them the “God who made the world and everything in it” (Acts 17:23-24).  Prior to that he walked right into the synagogue and told them about Christ and even those in the public square that Jesus whom they had crucified was God in the flesh (Acts 17:17) and he did this every day.  He was not afraid of men in the sense that he would not back down in telling all about Christ.  He did acknowledge that he came at times with fear and trembling (Phil 2:12).  I can tell you from experience that this is a fearful thing.  I have done street preaching and my palms get sweaty, my heart races and I begin to sweat — but how can I not proclaim the gospel when I feel that there is nothing more important for a Christian to share than the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ and people who step out of this life without Christ will be eternally separated from Him?

#9  The Prince of Preachers, Charles Haden Spurgeon

There are few arguments that this man, Charles Haden Spurgeon,  is the preacher among preachers outside of the Bible and he was called the Prince of Preachers.  Testimony to that are the more than 300 million copies of his sermons and his influence in the formation of over 200 other churches.  In my own personal library I have some of Charles Spurgeon’s written sermons that are nearly as powerful as the Scriptures themselves.  He preached to some ten million people worldwide and in the church, the Metropolitan Tabernacle, it was always jam packed with five thousand people with an overflow of another one thousand. He tirelessly proclaimed the gospel even though he suffered greatly from depression and physical ailments which neither slowed him down nor stopped him from giving his messages. He was clearly one of the greatest of all time.

Who do you consider the ten greatest preachers of all time?

Who do you consider the ten greatest preachers of all time?

#8  Martin Luther, the Reformer

Most people only think of Martin Luther as the Reformer or having begun the Great Reformation.  He had this to his credit but he was also an astoundingly great Bible expositor.  While imprisoned, he translated the Bible into German. The Protestant church clearly owes this man’s selfless effort and bold, courageous work in what had been missing for centuries; that we are saved by grace and not by works.  His commitment to the centrality of the Scripture over church tradition and his emphasis on salvation by grace is still the essential to any successful church today.

#7  The Tireless John Wesley

Whatever this man had, he gave every ounce of his fiber to it.  Under his direction, the Methodist church, the real founder of it, made the gospel a social one where Christians were expected to be salt and light and getting the salt out of the shaker and the light out from under the basket, being the chief advocate for as an abolitionist while fighting slavery when it was not popular to do so. This great man of God preached over 40,000 sermons, gave away more than 30,000 pounds (today, that is around 100 thousand dollars), and rode over a quarter of a million miles on horseback. He once bemoaned about growing old and sorrowed over sleeping in until 5 AM!

#6  George Whitfield, Laborer of the Word

George Whitfield’s preaching drove and helped to sustain the Great Awakening, at the time the greatest revival that the world had ever seen since Jonah preached to Nineveh and the whole city-state repented.  This man preached over 40 hours a week!  Martin-Lloyd Jones, himself one of the greatest preachers of all time, says that George Whitfield was the greatest preachers that England ever produced.  Of course, this was prior to Charles Haden Spurgeon.

#5  Jonathan Edwards, Scholar, Author and Preacher

Jonathan Edwards is believed by many scholars, both secular and Christian, to be the greatest intellect and philosopher that America ever produced.  This Puritan Preacher stood tall in the biblically centered message and life. His sermon, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God made people weep and repent by the dozens and may be the single, greatest sermon ever preached from any pulpit.

#4  John Knox the Thundering Scott

Could this man, John Knox, ever put his soul into his preaching!  He was so inspiring that his preaching transformed all of Scotland.  Being a student of John Calvin, who is also in this list, may have been a case where the pupil outdid the teacher.  His Bible-centered preaching made people take up his passion for the lost souls of men and women.

#3  John Calvin, Gifted Scholar and Theologian

What John Calvin did for the gospel was to put to paper what had previously never been written about.  He was one of the first preachers to preach progressively through each book of the Bible.  He never preached topologically but his was expository; that is he exposited or preached from line to line giving a personal commentary for each verse.  His writings made the Bible easy to understand, even to the uneducated.  To his credit, he remained humble even though his fame spread throughout Europe.

#2  John Wycliffe, Philosopher, Theologian, and Preacher

John Wycliffe was one of the first proponents to make the Bible available to the common man and woman. He focused on Bible-centered reform knowing that most of the public heard sermons in either Latin or not at all.  He wanted them to be able to read a Bible in their own language so he translated the Bible himself so that they could.

#1  Who is Your Choice?

I have left the last one to you.  In my opinion, it could be the Apostle Peter who preached maybe the single greatest sermon ever on the Day of Pentecost.  It may have been Stephen who before the Sanhedrin gave one of the best surveys of the Old Testament in proclaiming Christ as the Promised Messiah.  There is also Alexander Maclaren, John Mac Arthur, Billy Graham, or Billy Sunday.  Maybe the greatest of the post-biblical era preachers is reading this today or hasn’t even been born.  Remember that God uses men who are least likely in the world’s eyes to succeed and as I have heard it said, God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called.  I consider myself to not even be in these men’s shadows but the power is always in the message and never in the messenger, that way God always received the glory for He is not only deserving of it, He is worthy.

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Lovel December 17, 2017 at 8:05 pm

McArthur, RC Sproul, Dr David Jeremiah, John Piper, Dr H Wyne House have had a tremendous impact on me. Scripture and these men have made me an unrepentant calvanist. Now, I can say with conviction that Christ’s blood is sufficient for all but only efficient for the elect.


Jack Wellman December 17, 2017 at 9:04 pm

The passing of Dr. R.C. Sproul was a huge loss in the world of biblical scholarship. He had such a great impact and focused on the holiness of God…and only for the glory of God.


Ron Johnson May 18, 2019 at 5:20 pm

Sorry I cannot vote for someone who reads their sermons! There is nothing that gets in my craw more than seeing the top of some preachers head while the read from 6 pages for 25 minutes,They are wonderful guys but as far as communicating I was told to look at my audience in homiletics class so David Jeremiajh is out. Years ago he did not do that so I don’t know what happened.


Jack Wellman May 18, 2019 at 6:11 pm

You bring up a good point. I don’t even use notes but have little markings or notations on my Bible as I go verse by verse, much like Dr. John MacArthur and the late. Dr. J. Vernon McGee. Thank you for your comment sir.


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Aylaeh Cline March 2, 2018 at 12:36 pm

What about Billy Graham?


Jack Wellman March 2, 2018 at 12:46 pm

Hello Aylaeh. Of course as I said in the conclusion, “There is also Alexander Maclaren, John Mac Arthur, Billy Graham, or Billy Sunday” so we had to limit these to preachers as Dr. Graham was an evangelist more than a preacher, even though called “America’s Pastor,” so yes, I agree…he could easily be included in this group. Thank you for your comment Aylaeh.


Peggy March 2, 2018 at 11:11 pm

The greatest servants of God are those who actually bring souls to Christ. Those who preach the word of God are more like teachers of the Word and not all of them actually bring souls to Christ, but more so uplift those who have already accepted Christ.

That being said I vote for Billy Graham. To my knowledge, no one else since the apostles has claimed that they have brought millions of souls from all around the globe to Christ for their salvation. True BG had the advantage of modern transportation and the media in all forms, but then that is why God chose to have him born during modern times so that the gospel could reach people all around the world to the ends of the earth.

I wouldn’t be surprised if there isn’t another great evangelist that could do all that he has done, not until the two great witnesses come and then the world had better heed their calling!

Praise God! Jesus is coming soon!


Michael Ofori March 28, 2020 at 6:44 am

There is a new envangelist doing migty works of God and briging the whole world to christ and also uniting the body of Christ in unity of faith


Jack Wellman March 28, 2020 at 10:49 am

Hello Michael. We had to edit your comment because it had reference to a false teacher, Benny Hinn. Please avoid this false teacher as he has decieved millons and so I did not include the link or the book link as we do not want to lead pthers astray as Hinn is doing.


Appel September 17, 2020 at 12:37 pm

Well said Jack about Benny, and I quite enjoyed your article.

I was just listening to John MacArthur video from a Ligonier conference about “The Myth of Influence”. Great teacher. As well I had the pleasure of spending time with R.C. on several occasions. These men AND YOURSELF, have a deep impact on people.

I am so looking forward to receiving your newsletters and insights. You are one smart man sir!

May Christ be your joy!


Jack Wellman September 17, 2020 at 12:46 pm

The late R.C. Sproul (long time listener/student) and Dr. MacArthur are just beyond belief in how powerfully God has used these men. As for these men and myself, to me, I have listened to or sat at the feet of these men for years (thru literature, their books, and sermons on mp3’s) and grown by God’s Spirit and their work, so I am not sure I am in the same company of these so great (1 Cor 4:7). Thank you anyway my friend. I simply give credit to where it is properly due “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness” (Psalm 115:1).

Jebiskel Mirdha April 1, 2020 at 1:05 pm

In the Name of our Lord and Saviour I vote for Billy Graham, The Servant of God


Richard Copeland March 24, 2018 at 8:54 pm

One of my personal favorites is A.W. Tozer who was one of those who could not be put into a “theological box” and was what I call “an eloquent grandfather” within the way he ministered.


karsten May 12, 2018 at 2:45 pm

the greatest preacher was w/o doubt Sri Krishna!


Jack Wellman May 12, 2018 at 3:19 pm

Hello Karsten. Thank you for your comment and suggestion, however, Sri Krishna is a major deity in Hinduism. He is worshiped as the eighth avatar of the god Vishnu and also as the supreme God in his own right but since Krishna is human, as it says he was born, then he is not god since a god by definition has always existed, as has Jesus Christ, so unless you have the right God and the right Savior (Jesus Christ), you and all who reject Jesus will die in your sins. Please repent sir, I plead with you, and come to Christ and put your trust in Him, and not in a someone who is not god (as he was born).


Dennis Kachale November 19, 2018 at 8:00 am

I hear you


Min. Edward J. Ailsworth October 24, 2018 at 2:43 pm

Charles Spurgeon


Jack Wellman October 24, 2018 at 3:18 pm

Yes, we agree. Charles Spurgeon belongs on this this and he is on this list. Did you see what we wrote about him?


Rev December 21, 2018 at 2:42 pm

What about Billy Graham?


Jack Wellman December 21, 2018 at 3:06 pm

Yes, Billy, and as I said in the conclusion, “There is also Alexander Maclaren, John Mac Arthur, Billy Graham, or Billy Sunday” so we could only take 10.


Gabriel December 26, 2018 at 8:24 pm

What about Martyn Lloyd Jones? Three of my personal favorites Leonard Ravenhill, Paul Washer & David Wilkerson


Ricky Ng January 18, 2019 at 12:46 am

I think John Sung should be on the list..


Precious Omenazu January 26, 2019 at 3:44 am

My NO. 1 is Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, because he lets you see a whole new level of perception of the Word of Good


Lalrindika February 1, 2019 at 8:03 am

for me, next to Apostole Paul, Watchmann Nee, i love this man very much,


jeanrobert February 1, 2019 at 10:18 am

What type of list is this? You put Calvin next to the Apostle Paul, the writer of 13 epistles of the New Testament who was caught up to the third heaven? Romans 8,9,10 says God is not done with Israel. Calvin said the Church has replaced Israel. This list is foolishness.


Jack Wellman February 1, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Hello JeanRobert. I am sorry you think this list is foolish. Yes, God is not done with Israel, but there is no continuing corporate election of Israel, only election of individual Israelites who accept Christ for He is the only way (Acts 4:12). Jesus spoke harshly to those who claimed to beAbraham’s children, but it is not by race but by grace, and that’s what Calvin was teaching. That is clear. There is neither Jew nor Greek nor male or female, but all one in Christ. Not by seed but by our Savior.


Nasser March 11, 2019 at 11:22 am

Smith Wigglesworth.


Jack Wellman March 11, 2019 at 11:36 am

Hello Nasser. Thank you for your suggestion, however, there are issues with this man. Many people said they were cured of cancer by him. Wigglesworth, whose only training was as a plumber, described cancer as “a living evil spirit”, and insisted that many diseases were “satanic in origin”. His methods often involved hitting, slapping or punching the afflicted part of the body. On a number of occasions his approach to persons suffering from stomach complaints was to punch them in the stomach, sometimes with such force that it propelled them across the room. When challenged on this, his response was “I don’t hit them, I hit the devil”. Responding to criticism over his method of praying for the sick, Wigglesworth stated: “You might think by the way I went about praying for the sick that I was sometimes unloving and rough, but oh, friends, you have no idea what I see behind the sickness and the one who is afflicted. I am not dealing with the person; I am dealing with the satanic forces that are binding the afflicted”. On one occasion Wigglesworth declared to the sick “I’ll only pray for you once, to pray twice is unbelief”. The second night, a man approached the altar to receive prayer again and Wigglesworth, recognizing him, said “Didn’t I pray for you last night? You are full of unbelief, get off this platform!” This is certainly not the approach Jesus Christ took on healing others…and sometimes, healing those who had little or no faith. I suggest you do a biographical research on this man and tell me what you think.


Eeenpie April 4, 2019 at 3:13 am

Smith Wiggle-worth had his ways, had his weaknesses you may say. Is there anyone in the list without a flaw?
Are we able to judge him for those methods you mention only? How about those that actually went away with their healing? Yes, he punches you and cancer leaves. Yes he challenges your unbelief even Jesus did so with His disciples. So some people need a challenge like that. Is that all you are able to recall of the man sir? I am not here to make a case for anyone anyways. God has the final say. Thank you for your article.


Jose October 17, 2019 at 2:03 pm

Thanks for this comment. Eenpie. Pr. Wellman’s response to the nomination of Wigglesworth was really one-sided and biased,rather than a two-sided balance sheet. Wigglesworth may not make the top 10 preachers, but might make a list of the top 20 or top 30 most influential church ministers –primarily on the premise of the power in which him and Khulman are recorded to have operated–never seen since the days of Peter and Paul, for sure!


Jack Wellman October 17, 2019 at 3:45 pm

Thank you Jose. Good points sir.

Danny February 26, 2020 at 8:14 pm

Jesus never hit punched or kicked anyone but commanded the evil spirits to leave . Touch the sick and the lame to a complete healing called with his voice for a dead man to rise and he rose. God says if you cast out demons bwith the finger of God surely the kingdom of heaven has come upon you , we all must pay close attention to the biblical teachings in our own lives our we will be lead astray . For the word of God is our armour our health and our breath . For man can’t live on bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God..for he is God of the living not God of the dead .for every preacher is ordained by men in things pertaining to God who can have compassion on the ignorant? Are you alive or dead ? God bless you all .


Gary December 26, 2020 at 3:12 am

Although Jesus did spit in someones face, try getting away with that nowadays. Jesus did do some pretty radical things.

Emmanuel April 6, 2019 at 6:11 pm

John Piper, Billy Graham,


Mike April 13, 2019 at 8:45 am

I thought Martyn Lloyd Jones was a surprise omission……but It was a hard job
Thanks and I enjoyed the comments also.


Iyke Odiche Ozoma. May 6, 2019 at 4:46 pm

I just wish you read the upcoming book “Mind On Heaven”.I just believe in your wisdom you will speak good of it.It has 5 chapters
*1:-Counting LOSE As Gain*
*2:-Kingdom Of God And You*
*3:-What Do You Want In Life*
*4:-Only The Fool Can Make Heaven*
*5:-What’ s Your View Of The Kingdom Of God*
The author is not interested in what monetary gain to make but the spread the message and recover the stolen church.


Brenda D. Lynn April 26, 2019 at 1:30 pm

J. Vernon McGhee should absolutely be added. He had all the education in God’s Word and in the Greek language that one man could obtain, and he attributed all of it to God’s grace. His Thru The Bible radio broadcast is still going out to all the world. God really used him to the glory and honor of His Only Begotten Son, and countless people have been saved under his preaching and teaching. I am still studying the Thru The Bible study books, and I really thank God for J. Vernon McGhee. He was very thorough with every scripture and could use other scripture throughout the Old and New Testament to bring wonderful light to rach scripture in God’s Word.


Dunamis June 28, 2019 at 4:06 am

Rev Chris Oyakhilome DD.
He does it for me with his teaching, the way he brakedown the word of God into simplecity. He is the greatest of all time. He impacted the word all over the world. Top-notch


R Smith June 28, 2019 at 12:36 pm

Probably because it’s too obvious to all of us, we have forgotten to include the undisputed G.O.A.T.,
Our Lord Jesus Christ; Yes, because He spoke through all of these men in their preaching, but also because He delivered on that Mount in Galilee, the single greatest sermon of all time, recorded in Matthew 5-7, setting the bar and pattern for the most effective gospel presentation. In the words of John MacArthur, “He expounded the full meaning of the law, showing that its demands were humanly impossible…closing off every avenue of human merit and leaves sinners dependent on nothing but divine grace for salvation.”


Jack Wellman June 28, 2019 at 1:07 pm

The list only included human beings, so obviously, Jesus is the greatest of all, but then that was obvious.


Brian Potts July 23, 2019 at 3:25 pm

Adrian Rogers, called by some the New Prince of Preachers.


Jack Wellman July 23, 2019 at 5:21 pm

Hello Mr. Potts. I do agree…the late Adrian Rogers is among the best ever. Thank you sir.


Colene July 30, 2019 at 4:42 pm

What are you thoughts on Charles Stanley?


Jack Wellman July 30, 2019 at 5:01 pm

Dr. Charles Stanely is rock solid my friend.


John I. Blair IV July 31, 2019 at 6:52 am



Jack Wellman July 31, 2019 at 9:42 am

Hello Mr. Blair. Please be cautious of this man’s teaching because it is not biblical. I hope I don’t offend you, but we must be biblically solid. He claims 13 people have been raised from the dead as a result of this outpouring so the enthusiasts say. I simply ask this — can you please supply DMI with the names, addresses, phone numbers and Death Certificates of these, any individuals? After all if thirteen people have been raised from the dead by the power of God then, obviously, their experience will stand any form of scrutiny. He prays for the masses—without laying hands on anyone—and subsequently sees countless miracles take place. Some of the more astounding occurrences have included the instantaneous healing of leprosy, blindness and crippled legs, and deliverance from demon possession. On more than one occasion, the Osborns insiste that uneven limbs growing out to the proper length, but there is no photo proof, doctor’s evidence, or other proof, therefore I recommned people avoid this man’s teachings.


LEODE TRAPAL September 4, 2019 at 5:35 am

My Question is what will happen the mankind during Jesus Christ appearing the earth?????


Jack Wellman September 4, 2019 at 10:13 am

You can read Rev 20:12-15 and Daniel 12:2-3 to see what happens to the lost and saved, but believers focus on Rev 21:1-5.


LEODE TRAPAL September 4, 2019 at 8:44 pm

You mean that, When Jesus Christ after appearing this earth he will go back to the New Jerusalem the New Earth which is in the third heavens together his people? There is a Preacher in the Philippines Exposing their program UNTV 37, that there is mentioned in the Bible in Rev? and in II Corinth? But i’m sorry I forgot the verses. But According to him, there is a 1,000 years, Jesus Christ reign in this earth together with his people before they go to the New Jerusalem their People…


Hilary A Fonyi September 4, 2019 at 8:24 pm

Great list what about Dr Myles Munroe, Bishop Benson Idahosa…?


Jack Wellman September 4, 2019 at 8:36 pm

As good as these men are, I don’t think they’ve had the greatest impact of the ten. Thank you anyway.


Jack Wellman September 4, 2019 at 8:36 pm

Dr Myles Munroe and the Bishop cannot compare to the global impact these ten have had Hilary. Thank you for your comment.


Ukeje chibueze September 13, 2019 at 3:29 am

Can i get some of the titles of the books written by any of this great men.


Jack Wellman September 13, 2019 at 8:58 am

Hello friend. I know they have written many books, but we cannot spend money we don’t have to send out free books from them. We are self-suppporting and are unable to do that.


Laura February 16, 2020 at 9:22 pm

He said titles of the book not the book itself.


Jack Wellman February 16, 2020 at 10:16 pm

Thank you Laura.


Dr. Barbara Woods September 17, 2019 at 5:56 pm

Without a doubt, Jesus Christ should be at the top of the list, all of the rest of them fall short of this perfect standard. I love Jesus and His preaching, teaching, etc, no one can light a candle to His discourses.


Jack Wellman September 17, 2019 at 6:13 pm

Thank you Mrs. Woods. This is true, but did you not read the article in full? I did say “Naturally, I should put Jesus first because not only was He the Word, He is the Authority behind the Word and His preaching cut to the quick. Obviously, all preaching flows from Him as He directs the church, being the Head of the Church, so clearly Jesus Christ is the greatest preacher of all time” so please give credit to this statement of mine as written, and to which you must have missed or simply ignored. This was focused on the men who were the greatest preachers, and Jesus is both God and Man. I am sorry you disagreed with this article.


kalman October 21, 2019 at 2:44 pm

Leonard Ravenhill is the first real preacher i have heard ! Billy graham , Oral Roberts we will one day see AS FRAUDS ,


JJ November 4, 2019 at 5:09 pm

John McArthur
John Piper
Paul Washer
David Wilkerson
Ray Comfort
Francis Chan
Justen Peters
Chick Missler
Kent Hovind


Jack Wellman November 4, 2019 at 5:58 pm

All very solid my friend. Thank you JJ.


Angela Cochis November 20, 2019 at 3:46 pm

Rod Parsley
Rod Parsley has preached around the world to millions of people. His commitment to calling people to a life of holiness and a true conversion experience has brought thousands to Christ. He has been an amazing pastor and man of God for decades.


Jack Wellman November 20, 2019 at 4:14 pm

Hello Angela. Please do some research on this false teacher. Parsley tells people to join the army, appealing to our patriotism to the Lord, and join in God’s end time work of miracle marchers. What he is teaching is clearly the Latter Rain heresy. “Were gonna get to the point that were not going to have to talk we just walk in and we show up God’s there and when we show up the presence is there. We’ve been in the outer court too long we got to take one more step, were goin in where the glory is” (Breakthrough 9/19/2000). This is ‘Latter Rain speak.’ Parsley believes that those who have this anointing will: “… walk into the grocery store cancer starts falling off of peoples bodies I’m talking about the glory” (Ibid.), and “… when you walk down the street you won’t have to lay hands on anybody; the mere shadow of your presence will make the lame get up.” Parsley teaches, “They laid the sick the whole the lame the blind in the streets, Peter’s shadow caused strength to come back into their legs, some of you are going to be pushing the grocery cart between the frozen peas and carrots and somebody is going to jump out of a wheelchair over in the cereal aisle because of the glory of God that is coming upon you” (Breakthrough Jan.7, 2,000). This is truly heretical Angela. You are followng a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He may belong to a top 10 list but it is for false teachers.

Parsley, in his book, Renamed and Redeemed, asserts: “JESUS IS NOT SICK — I DON’T HAVE TO BE SICK.”

Yet Rod Parsley has back problems and at times says that this has kept him out of the pulpit for weeks at a time (He stated this at TBN’s Spring Telethon 2004 and other times as well). Yet, hear what Rod teaches, “Let’s settle the matter once and for all, God doesn’t want you sick.” Rod suffers from a bad back which has caused him to miss a few preaching engagements. How can this possibly be when he preaches the above. Could it be that Mr. Parsley doesn’t practice what he preaches?


Tommy Robinson November 24, 2019 at 4:37 pm

The Pastor that lead me to Christ in 1996 is the greatest Pastor who ever lived to me. I don’t remember his name or even what he looked like, or even the message he preached . That day changed my life forever. He was choosen by God to lead me to Christ and I’m forever thankful.


Tom Sprague September 26, 2020 at 7:05 pm

The same goes for the Pastor who led me to Christ in 1975–he simply said–“Jesus can give you a new life!” And He did!!


yemerhi mutuku December 13, 2019 at 12:54 am

fulton sheene


Charles Moore December 27, 2019 at 7:01 pm

Rheinhart Bonkhe – His crusades and sermons lead to 70 million converts to Christianity. No one on this list saw as many converts in their own lifetime.


Jack Wellman December 27, 2019 at 7:40 pm

Thank you Mr. Moore.


Michael January 7, 2020 at 12:59 pm

Dr. Jack Hyles… Possibly the greatest preacher of all time.


mystery of the Bible January 25, 2020 at 10:16 am

in my opinion the greatest and most powerful preacher is nobody else but Paul without him most people would not have known the gospel message of Jesus Christ


John February 5, 2020 at 9:23 pm

D L Moody


Larry February 10, 2020 at 2:33 pm

Arthur Pink!!!


Kenny March 2, 2020 at 9:10 pm

Charles Finney


Carol Decelles March 7, 2020 at 8:08 pm

Pastor Charles “CHUCK” Smith of Southern California
whom still teaches over K-Wave radio even since he’s with our Lord God now.


Dalton Doyle March 11, 2020 at 12:40 am

Pastor John Hagee


Jack Wellman March 11, 2020 at 9:46 am

Hello Dalton. I would avoid the teachings of John Hagee at all costs. For example, there is the problem about his new book “In Defense of Israel” where Dr. Hagee apparently states that Jesus was not the Messiah. If you were to go to YouTube you can hear where Dr. Hagee speaks regarding his book and says his book, In Defense of Israel, will prove that “Jesus did not come to Earth to be the Messiah,” (20 seconds in) and that ” . . . since Jesus refused by word and deed to claim to be the Messiah how can the Jews be blamed for rejecting what was never offered?” (32 seconds in). Obviously, this is a huge problem, therefore, he clearly does not belong on this list of the 10 greatest preachers of all time.


Rob March 28, 2020 at 1:39 pm

I say Jesus was the best preacher, story teller of all time and never be another like HIM.


SAMUEL MENSAH May 1, 2020 at 1:46 am

Great list, Pastor Wellman .But I also believe that Reinhard Bonke should be on this list. Millions of people in Africa came to know the Lord through his crusades. God Bless you Sir.


Jonathan Sutton January 11, 2021 at 12:16 am

The best teacher of spiritual MEAT in my opinion, not including Bibilical characters, is Andrew Murray.

He was very well rounded. Spoke on every important topic. And had the Christian spiritual life figured out down to a T.

Most Christian’s even to this day have no idea what it really means to walk in the in Spirit and die to the flesh. Andrew Murray would be a great place for them to start.


Chibuike G. Emmanuel January 19, 2021 at 8:13 am

Pls why do you call Benny Hinn a false teacher? What makes him that?


Jack Wellman January 19, 2021 at 10:12 am

Hello Friend. Please don’t follow this man as he is a false teacher. In recent days Hinn has been the subject of scrutiny on a number of fronts. In 2010 his wife filed for divorce citing “irreconcilable differences.” This was shortly after the National Enquirer published photographs of Benny Hinn and fellow televangelist Paula White walking out of a Rome hotel hand-in-hand. However, nearly three years later, Benny and Suzanne were remarried at The Holy Land Experience theme park in Orlando. His claims of miracles remain unverified despite a host of programs and publications that have looked for evidence. He has also been widely criticized for his lavish lifestyle, which includes a private jet, a multi-million dollar mansion, and regular stays at hotels costing thousands or tens of thousands of dollars per night. This extravagance led to United States Senator Chuck Grassley announcing that the United States Senate Committee on Finance would be investigating Hinn’s ministry.

Critiques of Benny Hinn can span a multitude of areas—his Word-Faith theology, his “little god” theology, his claim that each person of the Trinity is actually his own trinity, his outright lies about his accomplishments, and much more besides. But for our purposes, we will recognize him as the world’s most recognized faith healer.

Hinn teaches that God intends for everyone to be healed of all of their diseases. If people simply have the faith to believe they can be healed, God will heal them through the agency of a healer like himself.

Hinn’s crusades are carefully constructed to lead and manipulate those in attendance, with singing and repetitive music that build a particular atmosphere and sense of anticipation. These crusades crescendo in a time where he announces that God has begun to heal people and he then invites those people to come to the stage to tell what God has done, a technique that was mastered by Kathryn Kuhlman and has since become a staple of faith healing. Hinn claims that God is working powerfully through him to heal others and begins to list those miracles, usually starting with ones that are invisible and unverifiable at the moment—diabetes, depression, and the like. As the healings begin, many people come forward, hoping for their own miracle. Generally, though, only people who claim to have already been healed are showcased on the stage where Benny speaks to them and then often “slays” them in the Spirit.

In this way he has manipulated countless people to give money to his cause, believing that giving money will be key to activating their miracle. Not a single one of Hinn’s miracles has ever been verified, though many have been proven to be temporary or false. So you can see why he was not listed among the greatest preachers….he could be listed in a top 10 of false teachers though.


Himblar Marak January 31, 2021 at 10:23 am

Apostle Paul should have not been mentioned in this rating if the list were prepared from the post apostolic ministry. He is also incomparable with the post apostolic ministry.


Jack Wellman January 31, 2021 at 1:49 pm

Thank you for your comment Himblar. The article is clearly about the best 10 preachers of all time, as the title suggests, and Paul was self-proclaimed to be a preacher of the Word. Who did more than Him? He must be considered in this list to be accurate, and the article has no starting point like the “post apostolic ministry.” Why not mention him as he IS the greatest (next to Christ) among the ten? Why do you want to draw a line in the sand, so to speak. The title says “10 Greatest Preachers of All Time,” and obviously, Paul belongs among them.


Dave February 14, 2021 at 8:40 am

D.L. Moody


John April 3, 2021 at 2:53 pm

Spurgeon Believed Jesus was a created angel? Yes or no


John Morris April 6, 2021 at 6:25 pm

I think many of the preachers you stated were of the greatest of all time. Of course Billy Graham would be one of those. There are others that I believe were wonderful inspirations for the Word of God. One who comes to mind was Warren Wiersby. He passed away on 5/2/2019 at 89. He preached for years on Back to the Bible, wrote over 50 books ((called BE books), also a Bible with commentary from him. What a man of God he was, and he left wonderful legacy (Bible Scolar). Another who I know, still preaching after 56 years, Dr. Harold Hunter. He is now an active Evangelist. He has inspired so many people through the years, including me. There are others, can’t think right now.


Jack Wellman April 6, 2021 at 6:58 pm

I do like Warren Wiersby too. Thank you for adding this important patsor/evangelist to our list Mr. Morris.


Jack Wellman December 26, 2020 at 10:13 am

Jesus did NOT spit in someone’s face. He mixed spittle and mud to heal the blind man. Never did Jesus spit on someone’s face. That is a false statement.


Leizel Cabalit January 7, 2021 at 10:41 pm

What about Joshua Selman sir?


Jack Wellman January 8, 2021 at 10:58 am

One major issue with Joshua Selman is he proclaims himself to be an apostle. Please read this about those who claim to be prophets or apostles of God and you’ll understand why this man cannot be among the greatest preachers of all time. Paul wrote about those who were “false apostles.” https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/is-the-new-apostolic-reformation-biblical/


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