a list of celebrity churches

All kinds of people need God. Celebrities too. The term “celebrity churches” could refer to churches with celebrities in attendance, or it could refer to churches where the pastor is a celebrity, or both. Here’s a list of those churches that have been described as celebrity churches.

Hillsong Church ~ Carl Lentz

Zoe Church LA ~ Chad Veach

Churchome ~ Judah Smith

VOUS Church ~ Rich Wilkerson, Jr.

Elevation Church ~ Steven Furtick

Mosaic LA ~ Erwin McManus

Radius ~ Joseph Barkley

Reality LA ~ Jeremy Treat

Oasis ~ Philip Wagner

Fresh Life Church ~ Levi Lusko

Fellowship Church ~ Ed Young, Jr.

C3 NYC ~ Josh and Georgie Kelsey

Vive Church ~ Adam and Keira Smallcombe

Epic Church ~ Ben Pilgreen

Full Circle Venice ~ Andrew Keegan

And, if you’re curious, there are more celebrity pastors, or those with expensive sneakers, featured at instagram.com/preachersnsneakers

Illustration by: Todd Detwiler

other chatter

Coronavirus Forces Hollywood’s Celebrity Churches to Livestream the Gospel (The Daily Beast, March 2020)

The Megapopular Churches That Celebrity and Instagram Built (ChurchLeaders, August 2018)

What You Need to Know About Hillsong Church and the Celebs Who Attend It (Seventeen, 2018)

Holy swag: These celebrity-attracting megachurches sell stylish apparel (FOXBusiness)

Is This The Most Fashionable Church Ever? A writer goes inside Hillsong—a spiritual refuge for models, editors and Justin Bieber. (Harper’s Bazaar, 2015)

25 Celebrities Who Go to Church (OK Magazine, June 2018)

What Is Hillsong Church and Why Do So Many Celebrities Go There? (Showbiz CheatSheet, Feb 2019)

Inside Churchome: Justin Bieber’s VIP and Sex Joke-Filled Celebrity Megachurch (The Daily Beast, 2019)

The rise of hipster evangelicals and Hillsong Church (Press Play on KCRW, 2019)

A Guide to the Evangelical Celebrities and Pastors Dominating Hollywood (The Cut, August 2018)

Hailey Baldwin Explains the Hollywood Church Scene (The Cut, 2018)

11 Things To Know About Hillsong Church (Cosmopolitan, 2018)

Hollywood at Church: Where the A-List Prays (Hollywood Reporter, 2013)

Celebrities Spotted Attending Church (Beliefnet)

10 Celebrities, Famous People Spotted Attending Church (Christian Post, 2013)

Churches of the Stars and Other Celebrity Houses of Worship (Seeing Stars in Hollywood)

Meet the Instagram Account Calling Out Celebrity Pastors for Their Expensive Sneakers (Fashionista, April 2019)

The Pros and Cons of a Celebrity Pastor Culture (Carey Nieuwhof, 2014)

When Paul Sent the Celebrity Pastor (Kevin DeYoung at The Gospel Coalition blogs, 2012)

Celebrity Pastors Falling Hard; Evangelicals Must Be More Suspicious: Theologian (Christian Post, 2018)

Leading pastors discuss dangers of ‘celebrity culture’ in church, how body of Christ should respond (Christian Post, 2018)

Celebrity church or Jesus church? (Dr. Francis Akin-John in Vanguard, 2018)

Stop Idolizing Christian Celebrities (Brandi Miller in HuffPost, 2018)

Which Hipster Megachurch Is Right for You? (The Cut, 2017)

Hollywood’s Holy Hipster Scene (Vanity Fair, 2019)

Los Angeles Churches Make Worship…Hip? (New York Times, 2015)

The hipster church enticing millennials to Mass in Brooklyn (The Irish Times, 2017)

Hipster churches in Silicon Valley: evangelicalism’s unlikely new home (The Guardian, 2015)


(photo credit: ChurchLeaders)

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