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25 Most Popular Churches in America

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15. Second Baptist Church
> Location: Houston, TX
> Pastor: H. Edwin Young
> Average weekly attendance: 20,656
> Denomination: Southern Baptist Convention

Founded in Houston in 1927, Second Baptist Church now has six locations and claims more than 82,000 members. Dr. Ed Young became pastor of the church in 1978 and continues to hold the position more than four decades later. Services from the church have been broadcast on TV and radio almost from the start of the pastor’s tenure; the church also has an online presence.

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14. Dream City Church
> Location: Phoenix, AZ
> Pastor: Tommy & Luke Barnett
> Average weekly attendance: 21,000
> Denomination: Assemblies of God

Originally known as Phoenix First Assembly, this church was founded in 1923 as a tent meeting. Dream City Church now has five Arizona locations, plus one each in Utah and Nebraska. Pastor since 1979 and the church’s current co-pastor, Tommy Barnett employs the creative arts — illustrated sermons, theatrical productions, and creative drama and media — in worship services. His son, Luke Barnett, has been senior pastor since 2011.

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13. Central Christian Church
> Location: Henderson, NV
> Pastor: Jud Wilhite
> Average weekly attendance: 21,055
> Denomination: Independent Christian Churches or unspecified

Branding itself as “a place where it’s okay to not be okay,” Central Church has five locations in southern Nevada, plus others in Arizona, Florida, Australia, and Mexico. Services and more can be accessed by TV, radio, podcast, and social media, including Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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12. Southeast Christian Church
> Location: Louisville, KY
> Pastor: Dave Stone
> Average weekly attendance: 21,764
> Denomination: Independent Christian Churches or unspecified

Southeast Christian Church, which began in 1962 with just 53 members, has expanded to seven locations in Kentucky and one in Indiana, with more than 20,000 weekly attendees. Southeast Christian Church streams its services and has broadcasts on TV and radio. It also reaches its congregation through an online newsletter, campus groups, and ministry recreational leagues open to the community.

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11. Saddleback Church
> Location: Lake Forest, CA
> Pastor: Rick Warren
> Average weekly attendance: 22,055
> Denomination: Southern Baptist Convention

Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, is one of the largest Southern Baptist congregation. Founded by Pastor Rick Warren in 1980, the church now has 19 locations. Most are in California, though there are also Saddleback campuses in Hong Kong, Berlin, The Philippines, and Buenos Aires. Senior pastor Rick Warren has more than 750,000 followers on Instagram and more than 2 million on Twitter.

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