The Mike Huckabee campaign has been steadily gaining momentum. With the increasing momentum and publicity has come increasing numbers of endorsements for Huckabee. Someone who does not follow the campaign closely has probably only heard about the Chuck Norris or Ric Flair endorsements, but there are a number of other significant endorsements that have not been covered as heavily by the media. The list below contains only the endorsements of Christian leaders so you will notice the Norris and Flair are missing from the list.
I will list them here, courtesy of Mike Huckabee’s official site, and comment on some of them. My comments will be non-italicized.
*Title and affiliation for identification purposes only and do not imply an endorsement by any ministry, group or organization)
Dr. Jerry Jenkins, best-selling author, including the Left Behind series; Colorado (Jerry Jenkins is one of the biggest names in Christian publishing)
Zig Ziglar, Author and motivational speaker; Texas
Star Parker, Founder and president of CURE;* Washington D.C.
Karen Testerman, Founder and Executive Director of the Cornerstone Policy Research;* New Hampshire
Michael Farris, Chair of Home School Legal Defense Association* and Chancellor of Patrick Henry College;* Virginia (This is a great endorsement because homeschooling families are among the best grassroots supporters a candidate can have because they are typically very active in their churches and communities)
Rev. Keith Butler, Founding Pastor of Word of Faith International Christian Center Church;* Michigan
Thomas Glessner, attorney, author, and Founder/President of the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates;* Virginia
William J. Murray, Chair of Religious Freedom Coalition,* Chair of Government is Not God PAC,* and author; Washington D.C.
Randy Alcorn, Founder and Director of Eternal Perspective Ministries,* best-selling author of 28 books, fiction and nonfiction; Oregon
Dr. Ronnie Floyd, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Springdale* and The Church at Pinnacle Hills */ Former President of the Pastor’s Conference/ Former Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention; Arkansas
Michael Heath, Executive Director of Christian Civic League of Maine;* Maine
Don Wildmon, Founder and Chairman of American Family Association;* Mississippi
Bishop John Gimenez, International Overseer of Rock Ministerial Family,* in conjunction with Rock Church International and co-founder of Rock Church in Virginia Beach;* Virginia
Pastor Anne Gimenez, Co-founder and pastor of Rock Church in Virginia Beach;* Virginia
Dr. Mark Bailey, President of Dallas Theological Seminary;* Texas (I attended DTS for a time and had a class with Dr. Bailey. He is a very wise man and would not endorse a candidate on a whim. While Bailey may not be well known outside education circles, his endorsement carries a lot of weight with evangelical Christian academics)
Stephen Strang, Founder and President of Strang Communications and Founder of Charisma Magazine; Florida
Rick Scarborough, Founder and President of Vision America;* Texas
Dr. Joe Fuiten, Founder of Positive Christian Agenda* and Pastor of Cedar Park Church;* Washington
Jerry Cox, President of Arkansas Family Council;* Arkansas
Janet Folger, President of Faith2Action;* Florida
Jim Pfaff, President and CEO of the Colorado Family Action;* Colorado
Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel*/ Dean of Liberty University Law School;* Virginia (Liberty University is a well respected Christian university founded by the late Jerry Falwell. Any endorsement out of Liberty can carry a lot of weight with people who may have liked Falwell and with evangelicals in general)
Kelly Shackelford, Chief Counsel, Liberty Legal Institute and President of Free Market Foundation;* Texas
Phil Burress, President of Citizens for Community Values;* Ohio
Dr. Jack Graham, Pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church,* Former President of Southern Baptist Convention;* Texas
Dr. James T. Draper Jr., Former President of Southern Baptist Convention/ Former President of Lifeway Christian Resources; Texas
Dr. Jerry Vines, Former President of Southern Baptist Convention/ Former Pastor of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, FL / Founder of Jerry Vines Ministries;* Georgia
Dr. Daniel L. Akin, President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary;* North Carolina (Great! Now if the other Southern Baptist seminaries would follow his example. Paige Patterson, Al Mohler, and Jeff Lorg pay attention)
Dr. Jay Strack, President/ Founder of Student Leadership University,* World- renowned Southern Baptist communicator and minister; Florida
Dr. Billy McCormack, Pastor of University Baptist Church*/ Founding National Board Member of Christian Coalition;* Louisiana
That is a good start for Huckabee. Hopefully, as time goes on he can pick up even more endorsements. It would also be beneficial for his campaign to pick up some strong endorsements by politicians.