Ranked No. 1 nationally is First Baptist Church of Hammond, Ind., with 20,000 churchgoers. Second-ranked with 14,605 churchgoers is Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill. The Rev. Jerry Falwell's Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Va., with 11,000 in attendance, ranked fourth. Texas was the second-highest state with 14 churches on the list.
The 10 biggest Protestant churches in America, ranked by average Sunday attendance: 1. First Baptist Church, Hammond, Ind.: 20,000 2. Willow Creek Community Church, S. Barrington, Ill.: 14,605 3. Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa, Calif.: 12,000 4. Thomas Road Baptist Church, Lynchburg, Va.: 11,000 5. First Assembly of God, Phoenix: 10,000 6. North Phoenix Baptist Church, Phoenix: 9,500 7. Chapel in University Park, Akron, Ohio: 8,700 8. Second Baptist Church, Houston: 8,500 9. Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, Calif.: 8,000 10. Mt. Paran Church of God, Atlanta: 7,850
The 10 biggest Protestant churches in California, ranked by average Sunday attendance: 1. Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa: 12,000 2. Grace Community Church, Sun Valley: 8,000 3. Harvest Christian Fellowship, Riverside: 7,700 4. Calvary Chapel, Downey: 7,500 5. Calvary Chapel, Santa Ana (tie): 6,000 - Capital Christian Center, Sacramento (tie): 6,000 - Crenshaw Christian Center, Los Angeles (tie): 6,000 - First Evangelical Free Church, Fullerton (tie): 6,000 9. Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove: 5,438 10. Church on the Way, Van Nuys: 5,347 Source: [John N. Vaughan], International Mega-Church Research Center, Bolivar, Mo.