Prominent Pastors & Christian Leaders Who Have Endorsed Huckabee








Press Release:  Mike Huckabee Announces Southern Baptist Supporters

November 09, 2007

Little Rock, AR – Former Arkansas Governor and Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee proudly announced the endorsements of several influential members of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), a group representing more than 16 million members who worship in more than 42,000 churches in the United States.

“I’m thrilled to have an impressive list of current and past Southern Baptist Convention leaders stand by my side,” Huckabee said.

The term “Southern Baptist Convention” refers to both the denomination and its annual meeting. Southern Baptists share a common bond of basic Biblical beliefs and a commitment to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the entire world.

The list of SBC members endorsing Huckabee includes:

-  Dr. Jack Graham – Plano, Tex.  (Pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church and former President of the Southern Baptist Convention. )

-  Dr. James T. Draper Jr. – Colleyville, Tex.  (Former Pastor of First Baptist Church of Euless, TX and former President of the Southern Baptist Convention as well as long time President of Lifeway the publishing house of the SBC)

-  Dr. Jerry Vines – Woodstock, Ga. (Former long time pastor of First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida and President of the Soutern Baptist Convention.)

-  Dr. Daniel L. Akin – Wake Forest, N.C.  (current President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary a SBC seminary in North Carolina)

-  Dr. Jay Strack – Orlando, Fla. (Prominent Southern Baptist evangelist. )

-  Dr. Billy McCormack – Shreveport, La.  (Southern Baptist pastor and founding National Board Member of the Christian Coalition.)

“Mike Huckabee is clearly the most articulate spokesman for conservative values in today’s political arena. He is a wise and proven leader,” said Dr. Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church and former president of the Southern Baptist Convention. “He is a man who lives and governs by principal and is, in my view, uniquely prepared to lead our nation.”

Dr. James T. Draper Jr. is a former president of Southern Baptist Convention and former president of Lifeway Christian Resources. “I support Mike Huckabee for President because I have known him for over 30 years and know him to be a man of absolute integrity and sterling character,” Dr. Draper said. “He has the strength of convictions that will enable him to be a great leader.”

Dr. Jerry Vines twice served as president of Southern Baptist Convention and is former pastor of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Fla. He is founder of Jerry Vines Ministries in Woodstock, Ga. “Having known Governor Mike Huckabee for 30 years and observed his character, convictions and courage in public life, I wholeheartedly endorse him in his bid to become President of the United States,” Dr. Vines said.

Dr. Daniel Akin is president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. “Mike Huckabee is the kind of man our country needs in a leader. He believes in those things that exemplify the best in our nation,” Dr. Akin said. “His values and convictions make him a leader worth following. I am delighted he is running for president and he has both my prayers and support.”

Dr. Jay Strack is president and founder of Student Leadership University and a world- renowned Southern Baptist communicator and minister in Orlando, Fla. “Mike Huckabee has brought clarity, compassion, and competency to every assignment and role he has been given,” Dr. Strack said. “He does not blink answering hard or tough questions and does so in a manner that does not alienate the inquirer.”

Dr. Billy McCormack is pastor of University Baptist Church and founding National Board Member of Christian Coalition. “Mike is not only well equipped for the presidency, he has demonstrated godly and righteous leadership in government which commends him to every evangelical who wants a firm and resolute hand on the helm of our ship of state,” Dr. McCormack said. “He will unify evangelicals nationwide in one giant move toward the nomination at first and the general election to follow. He is America’s logical choice.”

These endorsements are those of the individuals and not the organizations they represent.


Here is a compiled list of endorsements of Gov. Mike Huckabee for President by well known evangelicals :

  • Baptist leader Rick Scarborough (Endorsement Article)  Rick is founder and President of American Vision.  A pro-family organiztion endorsed by men like Dr. D. James Kennedy.
  • Don Wildmon founder/ former President of AFA, the American Family Association(Endorsement Article
  • Randy Alcorn, Christian Author (Endorsement Article) strong pro-life advocate
  • Justin Taylor of Between Two Worlds - (Joint Endorsement Article)
  • Joe Carter of Evangelical Outpost
  • Matthew Anderson Mere Orthodoxy
  • Chuck Norris (Endorsement Article)
  • Janet Folger of Faith to Action (Endorsement Article)
  • Jack Graham of PrestonWood Baptist Church, Plano, TX (Video 11/4/07)
  • James Robison, Life Outreach International (Endorsement Article)
  • Keith Butler, Pastor - Word of Faith International Christian Center in Michigan
  • Matthew Staver, Founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel
  • Dr. James T. Draper Jr. – Colleyville, Tex.
  • Dr. Jerry Vines – Woodstock, Ga.
  • Dr. Daniel L. Akin – Wake Forest, N.C.
  • Dr. Jay Strack – Orlando, Fla.
  • Dr. Billy McCormack – Shreveport, La.
  • Stephen Strang, publisher of CHARISMA, CHRISTIAN LIFE, NEW WOMAN, NEW MAN magazines (Magazine Endorsement)
  • Jerry Cox, President of Arkansas Family Council – Little Rock, Ark.
  • Jim Pfaff, President and CEO of Colorado Family Action – Castle Rock, Col.
  • Kelly Shackelford, President of Free Market Foundation – Plano, Tex.
  • Phil Burress, President of Citizens for Community Values – Ohio

News Releases from the Huckabee campaign regarding endorsements:

 To see the source of the article CLICK HERE and you will be directed to evanglicalsforhuckabee.com


  1. Sherwood E. Haisty, Jr.:

    This will be an unpopular comment, but are you disconcerted by Mike Huckabee’s public embrace of John Hagee and Kenneth Copeland? Copeland claims that Jesus Christ was born again after His crucifixion while He was in Hades, a sort of neo - adoptionism that is being taught in the Word of Faith movement (Fred Price preaches a variant of it, claiming that Christ was born again at His baptism). And then you have John Hagee, who has a book out claiming that Jesus Christ did not come to be the Messiah.

    Now I admit: I am a Ron Paul supporter. But come on, I know that my guy has no shot. I am supporting Paul out of my belief that the state basically is or will become the anti - Christ and Paul has the strongest anti - state position going. So no, I am not trying to trash Huckabee for political purposes.

    Instead, my concern is spiritual. Look, I can totally understand if you do not approve this comment and block me from coming back, and I understand the arguments of people who might say that I am being defeatist and negative and setting my standards way too high as an excuse to criticize without doing something positive by supporting anybody that has a shot at winning (although I should point out that Ron Paul is far from perfect, I am very disturbed by his racial views as I happen to be black, but being a racist is not the same as supporting abortion OK?).

    I would like nothing better than to support a Southern Baptist preacher for President. But let me tell you, I have only recently come out of that prosperity/Word of Faith movement that Copeland and Hagee represent, and it is NOT a Christian movement.

  2. Job,
    I agree with your doctrinal critique of the Word of Faith movement. I think they are as off doctrinaly as you say. However, I know that Huckabee does not subscribe to their views either even though he like any politician will except their support. Thanks for your wise words. However I can not support Ron Paul. I do not agree with the libitarian view at all.

  3. I can support and do support Huckabee for his stand on morals and right and wrong. He is not saying one thing and planning to do another. He is the real deal! Vote for Huckabee!

  4. Ron Paul is a bigot. Go Huckabee!

  5. Around noon today, Dr. Dobson talked to national talk-show host Dennis Prager. While he made it clear he was not endorsing anyone, he did say he would vote for former Gov. Mitt Romney — a Mormon — if he wins the Republican nomination:

    “My theology is very, very different, obviously, and I would not find myself in agreement with the ways he sees Scripture, and, of course, their own interpretation and extension of Scripture. I’m not in any way minimizing that; it’s a very important issue.

    “I think we’re facing such a point of crisis in our country, that we’re going to have to have the strongest leadership we can. And I think I could deal with that in the polling booth.”

  6. Well, praise God and not Dr. Dobson, ROMNEY QUIT!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. I am appalled at the bigotry I read here. You call yourself a Christian, yet I find very little that is Christian in either your comments or those of Mr. Huckabee. His self-pitying behavior & complicity in spreading lies about Mitt Romney have been disgraceful. I realize why I find your churches so uncomfortable to be in - they’re filled with self-righteous, sanctimonious bigots who claim to be Christians. I don’t think Jesus would recognize you on the street- how very sad.

  8. N Graves: I don’t know of any mormon who would vote or have voted for Mike Huckabee, but too many Christians voted for Romney. Who’s the bigot here?

  9. Isla Romero,

    Could you go search for a Mormon web-site that dishes disrespect and lies about Evangelicals and get back with me?

    Excuse me, Mormons are conservative and MOST Mormons feel that Romney is the most conservative candidate. Huckabee did get votes in the Utah Primary. Just because Romney got the Lion’s share doesn’t mean that Mormons were peddling the hate this web-site has.

    Thanks in advance.

  10. p.s. - Bishop TCMcD:

    Romney quit but still leads Huckabee (Feb 13th, 2008).

    Romney was the smarter man. I doubt Huckabee would have ever been man enough to step aside for the better of the GOP.

  11. Breaking the 9th Commandment when you make remarks about other faiths.


  12. Isla Romero,

    I’m still waiting for you to post a Mormon web-site that openly disrespects a specific religion or faith, like Evangelicals, Catholics, Batptist, etc.

    There are countless web-sites that attack the Mormon religion. Surely you can find one web-site and post one here for all to see. I find Google useful for doing searches. Try it.

  13. I am surprised that “Bishop” TCMcD has not posted a web-site operated by mormons that is disrespectful to a specific religion. How about you Isla Romero?

    Here is one for you: http://www.shields-research.org/Novak/mail/danmail/JohnLSmith02.htm

    Next time don’t spend so much time thinking about it.

  14. Romney supporters need to stop blaming Mike Huckabee for the “weakness” your candidate had with authenticity that cause him to be mistrusted by voters. Huckabee did not cause Romney to lose, nor did his religion, which no-one cares at all about. Romney couldn’t attract voters because he doesn’t have the strong consistent core beliefs that Governor Huckabee has. Romney changed his stands too many times and people felt that with him, they didn’t kow what they were getting. What if once he was voted in, he changed his mind yet again?? Now, Huckabee did nothing to your man. Romney ran negative attack ads against Huckabee, McCain and Guiliani. He was behind huge contributions made to Club For Growth who, oh so conveniently distorted Huckabee’s record to try and ruin his campaign. Romney and Gov. Blunt were behind push poll calls in Missouri telling folks a vote for Huckabee was a vote for McCain. Huckabee lost by 1% to McCain, Romney came in third. So, you see, Huckabee supporters should be mad about Romney if anything. Why are you so bitter? Oh, and by the way, Romney is not ahead of Huckabee. He was about 20 delegates behind before he gave his deleagate to McCain.

  15. Linda,

    Really? Keep telling yourself this crud. It will help you to keep feeling warm and fuzzy. I hope you can feel good about voting for McCain in November too. One thing is for sure, McCain does not need Huckabee anymore. I wouldn’t count on seeing Huckabee on the same ticket with McCain if I were you.

    Romney ran negative attack adds? I guess if reporting someone’s crappy record is an attack add, then you are right.

    Don’t complain when this country elects an economic fool who will do nothing about imigration after November. The only candidate that understands the economy and imigration was Romney.

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