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By Jonathan Howe

Once again, the goal with this list is not to inflate the egos of those named, but to make you, the readers of, aware of the dozens and dozens of Christian leaders who are advancing the gospel in their respective spheres of influence. And while some pundits may sit back and claim Christianity is declining or dying, these leaders are clearly making a statement that it will not happen on their watch. They are passionate about Christ Jesus, His gospel, and taking it to the ends of the earth. The qualifications are quite simple: under 40 and making a Kingdom difference.

So without further ado, here is this month’s young influencer list:

  • Tim Challies (@challies)Blogger, Toronto, Ontario, Canada — Yes, Challies did turn 40 this month, but I’m going to include him anyway. As one of the most influential bloggers around, he deserves the recognition.
  • Dr. Edgar Aponte (@EdgarRAponte)VP for Mobilization, International Mission Board, Richmond, VA — Edgar previously served as the Director of Hispanic Leadership Development at Southeastern Seminary. He recently left that post to join IMB and direct their global mobilization and communications.
  • Anna Perez (@mrs_aperez)National Director of Wives Development for the BLVD Experience, New York, NY — In addition to serving as a pastor’s wife, Anna leads a community of urban church planters’ wives.
  • Ryan Succop (@ryansuccop) Kicker, Tennessee Titans, Nashville, TN — In addition to kicking game winning field goals for the Titans, Ryan is active in several ministries in the Nashville area including In His Grip.
  • David Pothier (@PasteurDavid) Pastor of La Chapelle, Montreal, Quebec, Canada — David planted and pastors La Chapelle in one of the most unchurched cities in North America.
  • Laura Magness (@lcmagness)Content strategist, LifeWay Christian Resources, Franklin, TN — Laura helps shape and write customized curriculum content for churches who are using LifeWay’s platform.

Please continue to pray for these individuals and their ministries. If you’d like to nominate a young influencer for consideration, let me know on Twitter: @Jonathan_Howe or in the comments section below. For previous young influencer lists, click here.

Jonathan Howe serves as Director of Strategic Initiatives at LifeWay Christian Resources, the host and producer of Rainer on Leadership and SBC This Week. Jonathan writes weekly at on topics ranging from social media to websites and church communications. Connect with Jonathan on Twitter at @Jonathan_Howe.

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