Special Report

25 Largest Churches in America

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25. The Potter’s House
> Location: Dallas, TX
> Pastor: T.D. Jakes
> Average weekly attendance: 16,140
> Denomination: Independent, non-denominational

Televangelist W.V. Grant established the Eagles Nest Family Church in Dallas in the 1980s. After Grant was convicted of tax evasion in 1996 and sentenced to prison, he sold the facility to fellow televangelist T.D. Jakes, who relaunched it as The Potter’s House. Churches, especially large ones, tend to have an influence on the local community. The Potter’s House runs a nonprofit corporation that fosters economic growth in underserved communities, a school, and a housing project for single-parent families and seniors.

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24. McLean Bible Church
> Location: McLean, VA
> Pastor: Lon Solomon
> Average weekly attendance: 16,500
> Denomination: Independent, non-denominational

McLean Bible Church was founded in the 1960s by a group of Virginia families. Today it has several locations in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Senior Pastor Lon Solomon converted from Judaism to Christianity in 1971 and took up his current role in 1980. He is on the board of directors of Jews for Jesus. Earlier this year he announced a search for a new Senior Pastor.

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23. Crossroads
> Location: Cincinnati, OH
> Pastor: Brian Tome
> Average weekly attendance: 16,792
> Denomination: Independent, non-denominational

Crossroads was started by 11 friends in Cincinnati in 1995 and has been growing rapidly since. Last year, Crossroads merged with a similarly named but unrelated church in Lexington, Kentucky. It now has six churches in the Cincinnati area and others around Ohio and Kentucky.

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22. Calvary Albuquerque
> Location: Albuquerque, NM
> Pastor: Skip Heitzig
> Average weekly attendance: 16,830
> Denomination: Calvary Churches

As a native of southern California, Pastor Skip Heitzig experienced the counterculture of the late 1960s. After moving to Albuquerque, Heitzig began a home Bible study, which eventually became Calvary Albuquerque and one of the fastest growing churches in America. Heitzig was involved in a church leadership scandal several years ago, but he is now back at the helm.

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21. Christ the King Community Church
> Location: Burlington, WA
> Pastor: Dave Browning
> Average weekly attendance: 17,000
> Denomination: Independent, non-denominational

Headquartered in Burlington, Washington, Christ the King Church has several locations in the state and elsewhere in the country. The church’s mission is to reach out to “unchurched people” through a volunteer ministry. Just in September the church’s pastor, Dave Browning, died of a brain tumor.

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