David Platt (pastor)

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David Platt
David Platt.jpg
Platt in 2010
Born (1978-07-11) July 11, 1978 (age 43)
OccupationPastor, author, educator
Years active2005–present
Notable work
Radical Together
Follow Me
Counter Culture
Theological work
EraEarly 21st Century
Tradition or movementSouthern Baptist
Main interestsThe Gospel

David Joseph Platt is an American evangelical Baptist pastor. He was senior pastor at the Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama, from 2006 to 2014. At the time he was the youngest megachurch pastor in the United States. From 2014 to 2017, Platt was president of the International Mission Board. He became pastor-teacher at McLean Bible Church in 2017. He is the author of the New York Times Best Seller Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. Other publications include Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live, Radical Together, and A Compassionate Call to Counter Culture in a World of Poverty, Same-Sex Marriage, Racism, Sex Slavery, Immigration, Abortion, Persecution, Orphans and Pornography.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Platt graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in journalism.[2] He obtained a M.Div, Th.M, and PhD from [3]New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.[4]

He served at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as Dean of Chapel and Assistant Professor of Expository Preaching and Apologetics. He was serving at Edgewater Baptist Church in New Orleans when the parsonage where he lived flooded during Hurricane Katrina.[5]


In 2006, Platt was introduced as the new senior pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama.[6] At age 27, he became the youngest megachurch pastor in the United States.[3]

In 2014, Platt was elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board.[7] The International Mission Board is one of the largest missionary sending organizations in the world.[8]

In February 2017, Platt began serving as interim teaching pastor at McLean Bible Church in Vienna, Virginia. During this time he continued in his primary role as president of the International Mission Board.[9] In September of that year, Platt was introduced as pastor-teacher of McLean Bible Church. In February 2018, he announced his resignation from the IMB on the hiring of his successor.[10]

On June 2, 2019, Platt prayed for President Donald Trump when Trump made an unscheduled stop at McLean Bible Church during Sunday services.[11] Platt subsequently 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.[12]


  • Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream
  • Radical Together: Unleashing The People of God for the Purpose of God
  • Something Needs to Change: A Call to Make Your Life Count in a World of Urgent Need (2019)
  • Gospel Threads
  • Twelve Traits: Embracing God's Design for the Church
  • God's Love Compels Us
  • Risk is Right
  • Counter Culture
  • Follow Me
  • Multiply
  • He Came
  • To Us a Son is Given
  • Mission Precision
  • 1 John: Love Made Known Bible Study
  • Christ-Centered Exposition series, Exalting Jesus in Galatians, Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus, Exalting Jesus in Matthew, Exalting Jesus in James, Exalting Jesus in Psalms, Volume 2: 51-100

"Before you vote: Seven questions every Christian should ask"


  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. ^ "MBC Teaching Pastors". McLean Bible Church. February 12, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Brooks, David (September 7, 2010), "The Gospel of Wealth", The New York Times, New York, p. 25, retrieved December 8, 2012
  4. ^ Meet Our Pastor, The Church at Brook Brook Hills, archived from the original on August 19, 2014, retrieved December 8, 2012
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Hansen, Collin. "Platt Commissioned by Brook Hills in Final Sunday as Senior Pastor". The Gospel Coalition.
  7. ^ "imbConnecting". imbConnecting. Archived from the original on March 1, 2016. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  8. ^ "Pastor David Platt succeeds Tom Elliff as IMB president". Baptist Press. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  9. ^ Michael Gryboski, David Platt Joins McLean Bible Church as Interim Pastor; Megachurch's Senior Pastor Stepping Down, christianpost.com, USA, March 22, 2017
  10. ^ McGowan, Julie (September 14, 2018). "Platt to step down from IMB; Meador named interim president". imb.org.
  11. ^ "David Platt: What he learned praying for Trump". al. June 10, 2019.
  12. ^ Platt, David. "PRAYER FOR THE PRESIDENT". McLean Bible Church. Retrieved June 2, 2019.