Pastors & Ministries on the Rise


Recognizing and celebrating those pastors and ministries who are growing and called to God’s Purpose! Congratulations pastors!


Each year, The Church Online completes a study on the top Pastors and churches in the country. Whether innovators or set for phenomenal growth, The Church Online has taken notice. The result is a definitive list of who’s who in ministry.

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Announcing the 2021 Honorees! Watch now!

Houston Honorees 2021

Dr. Ed Montgomery
Abundant Life Center

Pastor Stephen E. Banning
Braeswood Assembly of God

Dr. Joe Samuel Ratliff
Brentwood Baptist Church

Pastor Michael A. Pender Sr.
Fallbrook Church

Pastor John D. Ogletree Jr.
First Metropolitan Church

Pastor D. Z. Cofield
Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church

Bishop E. L. Usher
Greater Grace Houston

Pastor Terrance H. Johnson
Higher Dimension Church

Pastor Alan L. Patterson
Mount Corinth Baptist Church

Dr. Andre Jermaine Lewis
New Faith Church

Dr. Irishea Hilliard
New Light Christian Center Church

Dr. Gene A. Moore Sr.
Pearland Christian Community Church

Dr. Rudy Rasmus
St. John’s United Methodist Church

Pastor Walter August Jr.
The Church at Bethel’s Family

Dr. Ralph Douglas West
The Church Without Walls

Bishop James Dixon II
The Community Of Faith Church

Bishop RJ Matthews
The Harvest

Dr. Marcus D. Cosby
Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church

Pastor Larry Womack
Wilcrest Baptist Church

Previous winners include:

Washington, DC

Bible Way Church
Bishop Ronald L. Demery, Jr. & LaShawn Demery

International Ethiopian Evangelical Church
Pastor Hanfere Aligaz

Mount Calvary Holy Church of America
Archbishop Alfred A. Owens, Jr.

Rhema Christian Center Church
Pastors Arvel and Brenda Givens

Shiloh Baptist Church
Wallace Charles Smith

St. Columba's Episcopal Church
Rev. Ledlie Laughlin

The Temple of Praise
Bishop Glen A. Staples


Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
Pastor Arthur Jackson


Antioch Baptist Church
Rev. Dr. C. M. Alexander

Beulah Missionary Baptist
Rev. Jerry D. Black

First Iconium Baptist Church
Rev. Timothy McDonald, III

The Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church
Rev. Dr. William E. Flippin, Sr.

Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church
Dr. William L. Sheals

Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church
Rev. Dr. R. L. White, Jr.

North Point Community Church
Pastor Andy Stanley

Peachtree Presbyterian Church
Dr. Richard Kannwischer

Voices of Faith Ministries
Bishop Gary Hawkins, Sr.


Jubilee Baptist Church
Pastor John Boyd

Second Baptist Church
Rev. Dr. Michael C. R. Nabors

Trinity United Church of Christ
Rev. Dr. Otis Moss


Franklin Avenue Baptist
Pastor Fred Luter, Jr.


Ark of Safety Christian Church
Pastor C. Anthony Muse

Bethel AME Church
Rev. Patrick D. Clayborn

Bridgeway Community Church
Dr. David Anderson

Church of the Open Door
Dr. Norris E. Belcher, Jr.

Church of the Redeemed of the Lord
Jerome Stokes

Church of the Redeemer
Pastor Dale O'Shields

Clifton Park Baptist Church
Rev. Essentino A. Lewis, Jr

Ebenezer A.M.E. Church
Rev. Dr. Grainger Browning, Jr. & Rev. Dr. Jo Ann Browning

From the Heart Church Ministries
John Cherry

Metropolitan Baptist Church
Dr. Maurice Watson

Mount Pleasant Church & Ministries
Bishop Clifford M. Johnson, Jr.

Shiloh Baptist Church of Baltimore County
Heber Brown II

Victory Christian Ministries International
Tony & Cynthia Brazelton

Zion Church
Keith Battle

North Carolina

Ebenezer Baptist Church
Dr. Leonzo D. Lynch

Greater Mount Sinai Baptist Church
Rev. Dr. Major Stewart

Greater Providence Baptist Church
Dr. Fred Gibson

Second Calvary Baptist Church
Dr. Ralph M. McCormick

St. Mark's Church
Pastor Bob Disher

St. Paul Baptist Church
Robert Scott

The Praising Place Church of God
Roy Tucker

New Jersey

Bethany Baptist Church
Rev. Timothy Levi Adkins-Jones

Christ Church
Dr. David Ireland

St. Matthew's Baptist Church
Dr. Raymond M. Gordon, Sr.

Tabernacle Baptist Church
Rev. Dr. Cory L. Jones

New York

Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral
Rev. Dr. Floyd H. Flake & Rev. Dr. Elaine M. Flake

New Jerusalem Worship Center
Bishop Calvin Rice


Cleveland Baptist Church
Pastor Kevin Folger

Ever Increasing Life Ministries
Dr. David C. Forbes, Jr.

First Church of God
Bishop Timothy J. Clarke

New Salem Baptist Church
Dr. Keith A. Troy

The Word Church
Dr. R. A. Vernon

Upper Arlington Lutheran Church
Pastor Steve Turnbull

Xenos Christian Fellowship
Gary DeLashmutt & Dennis McCallum


Sharon Baptist Church of Philadelphia
Bishop Keith W. Reid, Sr.

The Triumph Baptist Church
Rev. Dr. James Hall


Antioch Fellowship Missionary Baptist
Dr. Karry D. Wesley

Brentwood Baptist Church
Dr. Samuel Ratliff

Christian Chapel Temple of Faith
Rev. Dr. Vanesse J. Burns

First Baptist Church Hamilton Park
Dr. Gregory Foster

Fountain of Praise
Dr. Remus E. Wright

Greater Cornerstone Baptist
Pastor David Wilson

New Light Church
Dr. Irishea Hilliard

Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist
Dr. Curtis Wallace

St. John Church Unleashed
Pastor Denny D. Davis

Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church
Rev. Dr. Marcus D. Cosby

Woodlands Church
Pastor Kerry & Chris Shook


Alfred Street Baptist Church
Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley

Calvary Revival Church
Bishop B. Courtney McBath & Pastor Janeen McBath

Ebenezer Baptist Church
Rev. Dr. Walter R. Dean

First Baptist Church of South Richmond
Dr. Dwight C. Jones & Dr. Derik E. Jones

Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Temple
Rev. Dr. Jerome A. Barber

Waters Edge Church
Pastor Stu Hodges

Westwood Baptist Church
Rev. Michael R. Lomax


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