Mike Griffin addresses those gathered at Pastors Day 2019 at the state capitol in Atlanta. Seated in front are Georgia Baptist Convention President Robby Foster, left, and Georgia Baptist Executive Director W. Thomas Hammond, Jr., right. SCOTT BARKLEY/Index
DULUTH — Atlanta Magazine has named Georgia Baptist Public Policy Representative Mike Griffin to its list of the 500 most powerful and influential people across the metro area.
Griffin has served Georgia Baptists in his role since 2014, succeeding the late Ray Newman. Prior to that he was a lobbyist for Georgia Right to Life for eight years. While at the state capitol in Atlanta meeting with various leaders he represents some 1.4 million Georgia Baptists
“The very unique work of being a pastor and a lobbyist goes back to when God called me to preach when I was 16,” Griffin told the magazine. “I preached my first sermon at Dawson Street Baptist Church in Thomasville, Georgia, in 1977.”
Though his name is the one being heard, Griffin was quick to deflect recognition to those he represents.
“It shows the influence and importance of Georgia Baptist voices not only in our state, but the city of our state capital. It speaks well to the important role they play in discussions surrounding public policy,” he clarified.
Griffin appeared with 11 others in the Religion category of the report. Joining him in that section are Louis Giglio, pastor of Passion City Church; Bernice King, CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change; Michael Youseff, president of Leading the Way; and Andy Stanley, senior pastor of North Point Ministries.
Scott Barkley serves as editor of The Christian Index.