Social media has been around a lot longer than we realize. When the Apostle Paul wrote letters to churches and individuals in the First Century, he was using the “social media” of his day. The Roman empire had provided “connectivity” by building a system of roads throughout the Mediterranean world. The “data” that traveled through the network of roads are what we call the epistles. In our era the Internet is our means of connectivity; social media can come and go with astonishing speed. Facebook is now where “old people” hang out. TikTok is currently among the latest apps, and like the Apostle Paul, there is no shortage of pastors on TikTok.
Plenty of youth ministers use TikTok, but there are also an increasing number of pastors on TikTok bringing words of encouragement, offering brief answers to popular questions, and even prayers for those in need.
5 Pastors Leading the Way on TikTok
1. Pastor Greg Locke of Global Vision Bible Church @pastorlocke
Based in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, Pastor Locke has more than a half-million followers on TikTok. No wonder his church’s name contains the phrase “global vision.” It’s not unusual to see him pop up for a moment of prayer or to offer answers to questions—or even challenges to Christians.
2. Pastor Noah Carr @pastor.noah
Pastor Noah Carr prays for believers morning, noon, and night. Approaching one million followers, Pastor Carr brings sincere and powerful prayers to his channel, along with words of biblical encouragement that reach people right where they are. If you need godly direction and a deep encouragement, this is one channel you should add to your list.
3. Pastor Andy Ferguson @Pastor_Andy
You can find seasoned pastors on TikTok as well. Bible in hand, and looking every bit the part of a traditional pastor, Pastor Andy delivers the timeless wisdom of God’s Word through the decidedly non-traditional medium of TikTok.
4. Tanner Thetford @pastortanner
Take a walk with Pastor Tanner and you’ll find answers to your theologically-oriented questions. He answers specific questions and tags the people who have asked them. We may not know where Pastor Tanner lives, but the landscape of his walks is beautiful. It’s a bit like getting one-on-one time—right on your smartphone.
5. Pastor Grant Merrell @pastor-g
According to WBST TV-22 in South Bend, Indiana, “Pastor Grant Merrell of Coalbush United Methodist Church discovered the possibilities in the world of TikTok.” Sometimes dressed in graphic tees and other times in a clerical collar, his playful posts engage nearly 300,000 people with good humor and grace.
Pastors on TikTok represent the full range of Christian faith on matters ranging from theology to current social issues. The diversity of opinions and personalities among these pastors are as wide and varied as all the pastors in your hometown.
Perhaps you follow other pastors on TikTok? Or maybe you are one! Let us know!