2010 America’s Most Loved Pastors (Part 2)
Pastor DeAndre Patterson
Destiny Worship Center
In just six short years, God has favored our pastor to have one of the most thriving churches in the city. He serves as a board member on the City of Chi- cago Annual Gospel Festival as well as Radio Broadcast announcer for Inspira- tion 1390. Thanks to him, Destiny is THE PLACE to be every Sunday night for the Live Empowerment Broadcast, and itâ€™s a haven for young people across Chicagoland.
Submitted by: Victor Thomas, Jr.
Pastor Dwight S. Riddick, Sr.,
Gethsemane Baptist Church
Newport News, VA
For 25 years, our pastor has made nota- ble achievements: overseeing a 16-acre campus building program; establishing a Christian academy/childcare center, and bible institute; initiated Kindness Campaign whereby Gethsemane serves Newport News/Hampton communities weekly with random acts of kindness. He is Vice President, of the Hampton University Ministersâ€™ Conference; President, Baptist General Convention of Virginia and the first black Pastor to lead a congregation in building a Habitat for Humanity House in the Tidewater area.
Submitted by: Rev. Meoshia A. Sanders, M.Div.
Bishop Joan B. Sanders, D.D
El-Bethel Prayer Tabernacle
My pastor is the Presiding Prelate of Prayer Tabernacle Covenant Ministries, Inc. She prays, encourages, and imparts wisdom to Godâ€™s leaders to maintain their God-ordained assignment. For 36 years, sheâ€™s pastored El-Bethel Prayer Tabernacle with passion, power, and persistent prayer. She provides food bas- kets, Community Unity Day, and Vaca- tion Bible School.
Submitted by: Minister Gloria D. Stackhouse
Bishop Fred T. Simms, D.D.
Heart of God Ministries
Bishop Simms has served faithfully for the past 17 1â„2 years. He is a recipient of the Martin Luther King 2009 â€œLiv- ing the Dream Awardâ€, Mountain State University Leadership Award, Moun- tain State Bar Association â€œMan of the Yearâ€ Award, Doctorate of Divinity De- gree from St. Thomas Christian College September 2005, Chosen to Pray before Congress on C-Span in April 2010, and is now a Published Author. He has ap- peared on Daystar, Living Faith TV, Streaming Faith Webcast, and C-Span and also hosts a weekly radio broadcast.
Submitted by: Carolyn Francis
Bishop Glen A. Staples
The Temple Of Praise
Bishop Staples has served as pastor for 19 years. Under his leadership, the church has experienced phenomenal growth from 200 members to over 14,000. He is a great visionary and has expanded his ministry globally overseeing more than 500 churches in India, Nigeria and the Ba- hamas. He established a Community De- velopment Corporation with a Womenâ€™s Transitional Home for homeless women and their children that provides life and job skills, access to GED certificates, col- lege degrees and job placement.
Submitted by: Beverly L. Hairston
Reverend Dr. Alyn E. Waller
Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church
In almost 16 years, Pastor Waller has in- spired more than 10,000 persons to join our fellowship. And although Enon is one of the regionâ€™s largest churches, Pas- tor Waller has brought his mid-western perspective to an east coast city to build a close and caring community that is changing the lives of thousands. Those of us who have come to know and admire Pastor Waller know that he is a relent- less evangelist. His pursuit of knowledge, his creativity, the tireless work to meet the needs of others, the use of his gifts to motivate, encourage, and instruct are for the sole purpose of pointing others to Christ. And that makes him â€œall that!â€
Submitted by: Richard Austin
Dr. C. Ronald St. Clair Williams, II
Mt. Zion Fellowship Church
Highland Hills, OH
In 27 years of dynamic preaching and teaching we have grown to over 3,000 members. Our pastor is an accomplished musician; he, along with The Voices of Koinonia have made several record- ings including one with members of the Cleveland Orchestra. His original com- position, â€œHalleluâ€, has been recorded by artists here and overseas. We love and admire the angel of our house, our mouthpiece from God.
Submitted by Linda Crawford Wesley
Bishop James T. Worthy
Bishop Worthy has been in ministry for nearly 19 years, and has served as our pastor and spiritual leader since POWER Churchâ€™s inception in August 2007. Un- der his leadership, our ministry has grown from 7 members holding services in his living room to â€œone church in two loca- tions.” Bishop Worthyâ€™s commitment to the empowerment and progress of todayâ€™s teens as productive citizens is shown in his partnership with a local high school in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, volunteering time to mentor young men, preparing high school seniors to meeting their graduation requirements, and estab- lishing a clothing and food bank within the school itself. With all of the man- dates and responsibilities of his time, Bishop Worthy still effectively balances his life as a husband, father, pastor, and business leader.
Submitted by Felicia McCoy and the entire POWER Church Family