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2013 The Root 100

Young minister with historic pedigree takes on social issues of the day.

  • Influence: 154.9
  • Reach: 8.93
  • Substance: 7.2
  • Media Mentions: 41
  • Internet Mentions: 24400
  • Twitter Followers: 834
  • Raphael G. Warnock

  • Young pastor of Martin Luther King Jr.'s home church and 21st century social activist.
  • Job: Senior pastor of Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church
  • Sector: Community
  • Twitter: @RaphaelGWarnock
  • Location: Atlanta
  • Age: 43
  • Bio: In a keynote address at the Yale Divinity School, the Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, senior pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, begged the question: Is the mission of the black church to save souls or to transform the social order? Or is it both? Indeed, it is both for the young preacher who steeps his work in the Bible and "liberation theology," which demands real-time social justice. Warnock speaks in the cadence of Southern Baptist tradition, but moves with the decisiveness of a 21st-century thinker and activist, often working in tandem with movements that oppose sexism, homophobia, ecological devastation (his church hosted a press conference on climate change this summer) and injustices ripped from the headlines -- from Trayvon Martin to Marissa Alexander. Visit his website and like his Facebook page.