Thomas G. Long, professor emeritus of preaching at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta. Long described his preaching process in a 1991 CT Pastors interview, urging pastors to stick to “one-point sermons” and admitting his own critical eye towards his preaching: “I think serious preachers, preachers who give themselves to this task, need to learn how to forgive themselves for not producing masterpieces every week.”
Otis Moss III, senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Ordained in the Progressive National Baptist Convention and the United Church of Christ, the late-40s activist and preacher is the youngest on the list. Moss’s congregation is best known as the church where President Barack Obama came to Christ.
John Piper, longtime pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and founder of Desiring God. Piper is credited with popularizing Reformed theology among a younger generation, many of whom were drawn to him after his epically popular “Don’t Waste Your Life” sermon at the 2000 Passion conference. In 2010, a LifeWay Research survey of Protestant pastors ranked him among the top 10 most influential living preachers. He’s now the chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis.
Haddon Robinson, former president and professor of preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston. Robinson’s book Biblical Preaching is a go-to text for seminaries and Bible colleges. He died last year at 86 and is remembered as an unmatched champion of expository preaching.
Andy Stanley, founding pastor of North Point Community Church and North Point Ministries near Atlanta. The megachurch pastor has often described how he shapes his preaching to resonate with unchurched and unbelieving listeners as well, down to replacing common phrases like “The Bible says” with more specific setups. He is the son of In Touch Ministries founder Charles Stanley; both father and son made LifeWay’s top 10 list.