influences

greglauriePastor Greg Laurie
At the age of 18, I read the book, “Lectures To My Students!” written by Charles Spurgeon. I’ll never forget one of Spurgeon’s comments: “Mark those who woo sinner to Jesus, find out their secret, and never rest till you obtain the same power!” I am more than fortunate to know such a man, and one that I am proud to know as a friend. Greg is one of the greatest evangelists in the history of our country – and, he needs our prayers! I am grateful for Greg’s friendship to me and to our family over the years!

chucksmithPastor Chuck Smith
What can I say about Pastor Chuck but that he gave me a chance to be on staff at CCCM, to grow and be discipled and to prepare for the ministry and to ultimately pastor in NorCal for 27 years. He brought me along to Israel at a young age which had a profound influence on my life and subsequently thousands of others. I’ll never forget walking Masada with him. It was just he and I. He had a shepherd’s sling in hand and we were throwing stones off the cliffs of Masada to the Judean sands below. He presided over our wedding. He dedicated “Little Greg” and Sarah. It’s difficult to put into words the influence he’s had in my life. Pastor Chuck is a “spiritual father” (I Cor. 4:15) embodying a commitment to the explanation of the entire Bible!

Kent Hughes.
(Westminster Theological Seminary, 2015–present; Senior Pastor of College Church in Wheaton, IL, 1979–2006)
Kent Hughes is a dear friend, and extraordinary human being(Barbara too!) – not to mention an exceptional expositor of God’s Word which has impacted the majority of my years of teaching, preaching and evangelism.

Mitch Glaser.
(President of Chosen People Ministries — www.drmitchglaser.wordpress.com)
Mitch – get’s it! His message and life embody Romans 1:16-17! A dear friend and mentor and essential leader for today!

Timothy Keller.
(Founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, New York)
My feeling is Tim has his finger on the pulse of a global community. He’s a wonderful apologist of the faith and has a canny way of getting to what I’d call the “Melody” in a passage of Scripture: a combination of immediate context & broader context of Scripture (i.e. whole Bible): theology, which is Christology!

William Blackstone.
…whose mobilization of Christian support for a Jewish national homeland as early as 1891, five years before the publication of Theodore Herzl’s The Jewish State in 1897, motivated Jewish businessman Nathan Straus and Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandies, leaders of the American Zionist movement, to call Blackstone the “Father of Zionism.”