Pastors in (Super)Rich Pastures

Cashing In On Church: The Richest Mega Pastors in America

Many people don’t believe that pastors can make much money. However, these pastors will show you that they can indeed make the big bucks! Learn about the huge net worths of the richest mega pastors in America right here.

Charles E. Blake

Charles E. Blake is a California bishop who reportedly earned $900,000 per year and lives in a 10,000 square feet Beverly Hills mansion. He earns his massive salary from the help of 25,000 weekly members who attend his church, and 50,000 online weekly participants. While he lives the good life, his average parishioner earns just $27,907 while living in poverty in South Central Los Angeles.

The HuffPo recently reported a new salary figure, taking Blake’s alleged earnings down to $227,750.

Charles E Blake

Source: Huffington Post

Thanks to the many sites that report on salaries and net worth statistics, including Ontario Religious Tolerance Org, GuideStar, Free Good News, Strait Times, Richest Lifestyle, The Sun, The Daily Mail, David Oyedepo Ministries International, Buzz Nigeria, Christ, This day Live, Benny, Creflo Dollar, World, Inspirational,, Christianity,, The Potter’s, The Economist, Synagogue Church of all, Sahara Reporters, African Spotlight, Kingsway International Christian, TheRichest, Household of God, Daily Times Nigeria for all the wonderful data. Some of the ministries listed are regarded as megachurches, or para churches.


What is it about American Pentecostal (Free) Churches that attracts the sort of people who are willing to support the extravagant lifestyle of their Pastors and Ministers? Mind you, even we here in Aotearoa/New Zealand are not immune to the prospect of substantial remuneration  becoming available to Mega-Church Pentecostal Pastors.

The so-called ‘Prosperity Gospel’ may allow some of its more active protagonists to accrue impressive bank balances, but what does that say about God’s ‘Option towards the Poor’ and the marginalized of our world?  Ironically, It would seem that many of these mega-Church members are ‘on-line’ contributors – poor people, maybe hoping to get rich. From the recent pre-election activities of Donald Trump, President-Elect of the United States, it became obvious that he has become – as a billionaire real-estate mogul – the darling of many of the big-name heads of Pentecostal Churches in the U.S., some of whom actually laid hands upon him for his success in the election

However, despite the Church of England’s current movement towards a management-style training for its future clergy – aiming at efficiency in the use of available resources, in the way of the application of business management skills for its newly enlisted clerical leadership; one can scarcely imagine that anyone in the Church of England will expect a ministerial call from God to earn the sort of stipendiary benefits now being raked in by some leading Pastors of independent Churches in the U.S..

As a devotee of Saint Francis – and his attraction for the poor and disenfranchised, I am appalled by the trend towards this type of leadership in the Christian Church.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand


About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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