(October 1, 2020 / )In honor of Sukkot (The Feast of Tabernacles), the Israel Allies Foundation (IAF) published its first annual list of Israel’s Top 50 Christian Allies. Included in the list are well-known Pastors and televangelists such as President Donald Trump’s spiritual advisor Paula White and Christians United for Israel founder John Hagee. Former politicians are also among the honorees, such Alan Clemmons, the former State Representative from South Carolina who sponsored the first anti-BDS legislation in the U.S., and Mike Huckabee, the former Governor of Arkansas who ran for U.S President in 2016. Leaders of Christian organizations and individuals who provide significant financial assistance to the State of Israel are featured as well.
Bible-believing Christians feel especially connected to Sukkot, which they refer to as the Feast of Tabernacles, because of the verse in Zecharia 14:16 which foresees a time that people from all nations will come to Jerusalem to celebrate the holiday. In a typical year, when regular air travel is permitted, thousands of Christians from all over the world fly to Israel to celebrate Sukkot and hold festive parades and events in Jerusalem. In lieu of these events which cannot take place this year due to the coronavirus, the IAF decided to initiate an annual publication of Israel’s strongest Christian supporters. IAF President, Josh Reinstein said “Recognizing the heroic work of our Christian supporters is an important display of our gratitude towards them. It is only due to the Christian political support for Israel, that Israel is welcoming embassies to Jerusalem and is now in the position to negotiate new peace deals on the basis of peace through strength.”
The IAF is an umbrella organization that coordinates the work of 44 Israel Allies Caucuses around the world in order to mobilize political support for Israel based on shared Judeo-Christian values. This network includes the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus, the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus, and the European Union Parliamentary Israel Allies Caucus. The IAF considers the moving of the U.S and Guatemalan embassies to Jerusalem as well as the anti-BDS legislation now in 32 U.S states, as direct results of the Christian supporters and politicians who have advocated for these issues as well as the Christian voters who have demonstrated that these issues will impact the direction of their vote.
Christian leaders who were selected to be a part of this exclusive list conveyed their deep love and support to the State of Israel which stems from their faith. “Faith-based diplomacy has empowered Israel and its leadership to reach new heights and it would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of these 50 unique individuals,” said Reinstein.
1. PAULA WHITE
Paula White is the Advisor to the White House on Faith & Opportunity Initiatives. She is also the chair of the evangelical advisory board in President Donald Trump’s administration.
2. ALAN CLEMMONS
Former Rep. Alan Clemmons served 17 years in the South Carolina House of Representatives. He was the lead sponsor for the first anti-BDS legislation in the United States. He is the founder of the transactional legal practice, Clemmons Law Firm, LLC.
3. PASTOR LARRY HUCH
Pastor Larry Huch is the founding pastor of New Beginnings Church in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He hosts the hit show “New Beginnings,” seen by hundreds of thousands worldwide. He is a member of the IAF Board of Directors. Larry Huch Ministries supports multiple projects in Israel.
4. PASTOR JOHN HAGEE
Pastor John Hagee is the founder and chairman of Christians United for Israel. Hagee is an American Protestant pastor and televangelist, and is also the founder of John Hagee Ministries. He has been involved in countless projects supporting Israel financially and politically for decades.
5. DICK SAULSBURY
Dick Saulsbury was one of the very first supporters of faith-based diplomacy; the idea that those who espouse Judeo-Christian values can channel their deep faith into effective political action. He models through his actions how Christians have an integral role to play in the fulfillment of biblical prophecies.
6. PASTOR SÁNDOR NÉMETH
Pastor Sandor Nemeth is the founder and senior pastor of Faith Church in Hungary, which has grown to become the primary cultural force outside the Jewish community to support Israel morally and practically in the country for the last 40 years.
7. PAT ROBERTSON
M. G. “Pat” Robertson has achieved national and international recognition as a religious broadcaster, philanthropist, educator, religious leader, businessman and author. He is the founder and chairman of The Christian Broadcasting Network Inc. His well known stand for Israel has spanned decades.
8. MIKE HUCKABEE
Mike Huckabee was a pastor before becoming the governor of Arkansas. He also ran as the Republican presidential candidate in both 2008 and 2016. Huckabee travels to Israel frequently and has led solidarity tours to the Holy Land.
9. DR. GLENN PLUMMER
Dr. Glenn Plummer was appointed as Bishop of Israel in April 2019 by the Church of God in Christ, the largest black church in the world. Together with his wife Pauline, he established the “Israel Jurisdiction,” which will bring thousands of tourists to Israel.
10. EARL COX
Earl Cox is the founder of Israel Always. He was appointed a goodwill ambassador from Israel to the Jewish and Christian communities around the world by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
11. DR. MIKE EVANS
Dr. Mike Evans is the founder of the Friends of Zion Heritage Center and started the 73 million strong Jerusalem Prayer Team Facebook Page. Evans works closely with both Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Trump and has hosted many foreign dignitaries at the FOZ building in Jerusalem.
12. DR. JÜRGEN BÜHLER
Dr. Jürgen Bühler is an ordained minister and trained physicist and serves as the president of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem. His unique scriptural insights into issues relating to Israel has placed him in great demand as an international speaker.
13. REV. REBECCA BRIMMER
Rev. Rebecca J. Brimmer is the international president and CEO of Bridges for Peace. A resident of Israel since 1990, she directs the worldwide organization, which has its international headquarters in Israel and eight national offices.
14. DR. DAVE WELDON
Dave Weldon is a doctor, former member of Congress and founding member of the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus. He is chairman of the board of the IAF.
15. TIM DUNN
Tim Dunn is CEO of CrownQuest Operating, LLC, and CrownRock LP. He is the chairman of the Christian Advisory Board of the IAF.
16. CHRISTINE DARG
Christine Darg, together with her husband, Peter, is the co-founder of the “Jerusalem Channel,” bringing news about Israel from a Judeo-Christian perspective to audiences globally. She has led 120 tours to Israel, bringing thousands of tourists to the country.
17. JANE HANSEN HOYT
Jane Hansen Hoyt serves as president/CEO of Aglow International, which has branches in 170 nations and reaches 17 million people. She also serves on the steering committee of the American Christian Leaders for Israel.
18. DR. ROBERT MAWIRE
Dr. Robert Mawire is the founder of WRNO Worldwide shortwave radio. He authored “The Global Dilemma the Final Destiny of Israel.” He partnered with the late Ariel Mayor Ron Nachman in building the city, and sponsored aliyah airlifts.
19. PASTOR RAY BENTLEY
Pastor Ray Bentley founded Maranatha Chapel, which serves over 7,000 people weekly. He also hosts the daily Maranatha’s Radio Show which airs internationally. He created The Nehemiah Fund, which supports non-profit organizations dedicated to providing tangible assistance to Israelis.
20. PASTOR ENOCH ADEJARE ADEBOYE
Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye is pastor and general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, which has branches in close to 200 nations and territories, including 40,000 in Nigeria and 10,000 across the world, serving nine million members globally.
21. PASTOR JOBST BITTNER
Pastor Jobst Bittner, together with his wife, Charlotte, is the founder and leader of TOS Ministries. They have started 12 churches in Germany and abroad. In 2007, they started the March of Life movement, which has held pro-Israel events in 20 nations and 400 cities.
22. FRANKLIN GRAHAM
Franklin Graham serves as president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Under his leadership, Samaritan’s Purse has met the needs of poor, sick and suffering people in more than 100 countries.
23. KAY ARTHUR
In 1970, Kay Arthur and her husband, Jack, founded Precept Ministries for the sole purpose of engaging people in relationship with God through knowing His Word. She has hosted dozens of teaching tours to Israel, which she describes as “One of the greatest joys in my life.”
24. DR. ROBERT STEARNS
Dr. Robert Stearns, founder and executive director of Eagles’ Wings, is the visionary of the worldwide prayer initiative, ‘The Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem,” which is observed annually and has the participation of over 500,000 churches in over 175 nations.
25. DR. JIM GARLOW & ROSEMARY SCHINDLER GARLOW
Dr. Jim Garlow and Rev. Rosemary Schindler Garlow serve as the Southern California directors for Christians United for Israel. Together they founded the Schindler Society and Well Versed, which help government leaders understand the biblical principles of governance.
26. DR. NAIM KHOURY
Dr. Naim Khoury is founder of some of the largest Arab Churches in the Israeli and Palestinian Authority territories. His stand as an Arab Christian to share his passion for the Bible with the Arab people and his love for his neighbors the Jews in the land has often put him in some of the most dangerous situations, and has made his life and ministry a target to many.
27. GARY BAUER
Gary Bauer is president of the advocacy organization American Values and Washington director of Christians United for Israel Action Fund, the lobbying arm of Christians United for Israel. President Trump appointed Bauer to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
28. APOSTLE RENE TERRA NOVA
Apostle Renê Terra Nova is the leader of more than six million disciples in Brazil and worldwide, writer of more than 200 books and speaker in more than 160 nations. He has been recognized by the Knesset and Israel’s Tourism Ministry for his exceptional efforts to bring and speak to tens of thousands of Christian visitors to Israel over the past decade.
29. ROGER VAN OORDT
Roger Van Oordt took over for his late father Karl Van Oordt as director of Christians for Israel, a massive pro-Israel organization based in Holland. The organization is known for combining philanthropy with pro-Israel advocacy.
30. PASTOR JENTEZEN FRANKLIN
Jentezen Franklin is the senior pastor of Free Chapel, a multi-campus church. Each week his television program, “Kingdom Connection,” is broadcast on major networks all over the world. A New York Times best-selling author, Jentezen has written 10 books. Pastor Franklin has raised millions of dollars given in aid to projects in Israel.
31. ROBERTA COMBS
Roberta Combs is the president and CEO of Christian Coalition and Christian Coalition of America which provide education and political training to thousands of U.S Christian activists in order to equip individuals and churches to make a difference at all levels of government.
32. BISHOP KENNETH ULMER
Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer is the senior pastor-teacher of Faithful Central Bible Church in Los Angeles. Dr. Ulmer is the presiding bishop over the Macedonia International Bible Fellowship, with churches representing South Africa, Great Britain and the United States.
33. DR. PETRA HELDT
Dr. Petra Heldt is the director of the Ecumenical Theological Research Fraternity in Israel. Founded in 1966, the Fraternity studies and teaches Judaism and Christianity in Israel; developing mutual understanding between Jews and Christians in Israel and abroad.
34. BISHOP EDIR MACEDO
Bishop Edir Macedo is the founder of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG). Bishop Macedo is also the owner and chairman of the second-largest television network in Brazil, RecordTV. The UCKG built a replica of Solomon’s Temple in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with Jerusalem stone imported from Israel.
35. DR. DAVID JEREMIAH
Dr. David Jeremiah is senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California. He is the founder and host of Turning Point, a teaching ministry changing times through radio and television, the Internet, live events, resource materials and books. A bestselling author, Dr. Jeremiah has written more than 40 books.
36. DR. YOUNG HOON LEE
Since 2008, Dr. Lee has been the senior pastor of Yoido Full Gospel Church, which is now the largest mega-church in the world. Pastor Lee’s steadfast support for Israel is grounded in the Word of God. His church has participated in the Day to Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem for over 10 years and often sends church delegations to Israel.
37. MICHELE BACHMAN
In 2006, Michele Bachmann emerged from state politics to become the first Republican woman from Minnesota elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. During her time in Congress she was an outspoken supporter of Israel, which she continues to be today.
38. TONY PERKINS
Anthony Perkins serves as president of the Family Research Council, a Christian conservative policy and lobbying organization based in Washington, D.C. He is an outspoken supporter for Israel, traveled to Israel as part of the “Christians in Solidarity with Israel” trip, hosted by the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) and broadcasted his radio show live from Jerusalem.
39. REV. SAMUEL RODRIGUEZ
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC). He also serves as co-founder and lead pastor of TBN Salsa, an international Christian-based broadcast television network. His ministry works to provide Spanish-speaking groups with a deeper understanding of the modern State of Israel.
40. PASTOR MATS OLA ISHOEL
Pastor Mats Ola Ishoel is the senior pastor of the Word of Life Church, the largest evangelical congregation in Moscow. He preaches about the importance of standing with Israel and leads pastor delegations to Israel to teach other pastors how to stand with the Jewish state.
41. PASTOR ALLEN JACKSON
Pastor Allen Jackson serves as senior pastor of World Outreach Church in Tennessee. Jackson takes a summer tour group annually and has led hundreds to have this unique experience of the Holy Land.
42. KENNETH COPELAND
Kenneth Copeland Ministries has seven ministry offices around the world, the goal of which is to preach and teach the Word of God in every available voice, which includes the Believer’s Voice of Victory TV and radio broadcasts, podcast and magazine; Believers’ Conventions, Victory Campaigns and Living Victory meetings; published books, website and social media channels, among others.
43. MIKE SODREL
Mike Sodrel is vice-chairman of the board of the IAF. He served as a member of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2005-2007. As a congressman he took a strong stand for Israel and brought a new level of involvement to the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus in Congress.
44. LAURIE CARDOZA MOORE
Laurie Cardoza-Moore is the founder of Proclaiming Justice To The Nations (PJTN). From her role as special envoy to the United Nations for human rights and anti-Semitism on behalf of 44 million Christians, to her leadership in statehouses through PJTN’s Anti-Semitism Awareness Resolution, Laurie is a tireless advocate for Israel.
45. GAVIN D’COSTA
Gavin D’Costa has become the leading advocate for what he calls a “moderate Catholic Zionism.” A professor of Catholic theology at the University of Bristol (UK), he advises the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue at the Vatican.
46. PASTOR CARLOZ ORTIZ
Pastor Carlos Ortiz is the Hispanic Director of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. He is also the founder of Hispanics Allied for Israel and the former national Hispanic director for Christians United for Israel. He was recently recognized as a goodwill ambassador by the State of Israel.
47. BILL HOLMES
Bill Holmes is the co-founder and partner of Mid-States Operating Company and Trinity Royalty Partners, LP. He gives generously to Israel advocacy work and is a member of the IAF Christian Advisory Board.
48. PASTOR JOSEPH PRINCE
Pastor Joseph Prince is a founding member of New Creation Church, based in Singapore. Under his leadership, the church congregation has grown from about 150 in 1990 to more than 31,000 attendees today. The New Creation Church, organizes frequent trips to Israel.
49. CINDY JACOBS
Cindy is an accomplished author, television personality, and the founder of Generals International, a prayer-based organization. Cindy has been recognized by Charisma Magazine as of one of their “40 People Who Radically Changed Our World.” Cindy leads leadership tours to the Holy Land to teach about the blessings of Israel.
50. REV. GUILIO GABELI
Rev. Giulio Lorefice Gabeli is the national director of the Canada Celebrates Israel Network of Christians and Jews and the senior pastor of Westwood Community Church in Vancouver Canada. Rev. Gabeli authored the book, “Grafted In, A Jewish Christian Perspective.”