I was thinking about the men who have influenced me positively in the ministry. Who influenced you the most through friendship/mentoring/working for? Who influenced you the most through their writings or preaching? I'll start: Al Dasburg was the youth pastor when i was saved and took the time to disciple me as well as show me how to lead a church far in advance of me ever being called to the ministry. Chuck Swindoll has influenced me as a writer and preacher by showing by his life that you don't have to be a clone of someone to serve the Lord in a local church.