H. Beecher Hicks Jr.
Pastor, Metropolitan Baptist
For over 30 years, Hicks has packed 6,000 souls weekly into his church. His library of recordings and books have been passed around by millions, and he’s one of the most influential voices in the capital’s African American community. Hicks is best known for his dedication to local learning and community initiatives: to name a few, the Metropolitan/Delta Adult Literacy Council, the Metropolitan Day School, and the Metropolitan Community Development Program are dear to his heart.
Rev. Lon Solomon
Senior Pastor of McLean Bible Church
At the pulpit of one of the fastest growing churches in the country, this McLean based Reverend has the eyes and ears of its 300 employees and 10,000 member congregation each Sunday morning. Amid the crowd you can be sure to find top politicos including Senator James Inhofe, Pentagon officials and top foreign policy honchos. Let’s not forget to mention the sanctuary itself is worth a near $90 million. But what did you expect from a church that has hires off-duty Fairfax police officers to direct traffic following services?
The Most Rev. Donald W. Wuerl, S.T.D.
Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington
Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl was appointed sixth archbishop of Washington on May 16 and installed on June 22, 2006. As the spiritual leader for 580,000 Catholics in 140 parishes throughout D.C. and 5 MD counties, he’s got a fair amount of clout, especially depending on what happens in the next life. After the successful visit of Pope Benedict XVI, a cardinal’s hat may be in the offing for Wuerl ….