David Platt (pastor)

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David Platt
David Platt.jpg
Born (1978-07-11) July 11, 1978 (age 41)
OccupationPastor, author, educator
Years active2005–present
Notable work
Radical Together
Follow Me
Counter Culture
ChildrenCaleb (Adopted)
Mara Ruth (Adopted)
Theological work
EraEarly 21st Century
Tradition or movementSouthern Baptist
Main interestsThe Gospel

David Joseph Platt is an American pastor. He is the Pastor-Teacher at McLean Bible Church, and he is also the author of the New York Times Best Seller Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream.[1] Platt released a follow-up book, Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God in 2011.[2] In 2013, he released Follow Me: A Call to Die, a Call to Live.[3] Platt founded a resource ministry, Radical.net.[4]


Platt graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in journalism. From there he attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.[5] There he received the degrees of M.Div, Th.M, and also a PhD.[6][7]


After he finished his doctorate, Platt served at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as Dean of Chapel and Assistant Professor of Expository Preaching and Apologetics. He also served at Edgewater Baptist Church in New Orleans and resided in a parsonage when Hurricane Katrina hit, flooding the parsonage.[8]

At the age of 26, Platt was hired to lead the congregation of The Church at Brook Hills, a megachurch in Birmingham, Alabama. He was the youngest megachurch pastor in America.[6]

In 2014, Platt was elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board.[9] The International Mission Board is one of the largest missionary sending organizations in the world.[10] He was appointed to this position after a trip to Nepal.

In February 2017, Platt began serving as Interim Teaching Pastor at McLean Bible Church in Vienna, Virginia while continuing his primary role as president of the International Mission Board. In September 2017, Platt was hired as Pastor Teacher of McLean Bible Church. In February 2018, he announced his plans to resign as president of the IMB on the hiring of his successor.

On June 2, 2019, Platt prayed for President Donald Trump when he made an unscheduled stop at McLean Bible Church during Sunday services. Platt published a letter explaining the situation and his prayer, highlighting the Biblical command to pray for those in authority (1 Timothy 2:1-6) as his motivation.[11]


  1. ^ Platt, David (2010), Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, Colorado Springs: Multnomah Books, ISBN 978-1-4487-9902-2, retrieved December 8, 2012
  2. ^ Platt, David (April 19, 2011), Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God, Colorado Springs: Multnomah Books, ISBN 978-1-60142-372-6, retrieved December 8, 2012
  3. ^ Platt, David (February 5, 2013), Follow Me: A Call to Die. a Call to Live, Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, ISBN 978-1414373287, retrieved December 8, 2012
  4. ^ "Radical · About David Platt". Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  5. ^ Meet Our Pastor, The Church at Brook Brook Hills, archived from the original on August 19, 2014, retrieved December 8, 2012
  6. ^ a b Brooks, David (September 7, 2010), "The Gospel of Wealth", The New York Times, New York, p. 25, retrieved December 8, 2012
  7. ^ "About David Platt". Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  8. ^ Garrison, Greg (August 15, 2006). "At 28, Pastor Has Five Degrees and a 4,300-Member Flock". Christianity Today. Religion News Service. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
  9. ^ "imbConnecting". imbConnecting. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  10. ^ "Pastor David Platt succeeds Tom Elliff as IMB president". Baptist Press. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  11. ^ Platt, David. "PRAYER FOR THE PRESIDENT". McLean Bible Church. Retrieved June 2, 2019.

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