LoHud missing from best church list

Sorry, Protestant churches of the Lower Hudson Valley.

None of you made made the Church Report’s list of the 50 most influential churches in America (they mean Protestant churches, although CR doesn’t bother to say it).

But don’t fret. The entire Northeast is hardly represented.

All we get is “Brooklyn Tabernacle,”:http://www.brooklyntabernacle.org/ a diverse, fast-growing Pentecostal church, at 17 and “Redeemer Presbyterian”:http://www.redeemer.com/ in NYC, an active, church-planting, white-collar congregation, at 23.

Number 1? The granddaddy of megachurches, Willow Creek Community in South Barrington, Ill. Number 2 is Rick Warren’s Saddleback in Lake Forest, Calif.

Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston is number 7. T.D. Jakes’ Potter’s House in Dallas is 9.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.