Four individuals with strong Christian faiths have been recognized in Time Magazine’s “100 Next” list for 2023, a testament to their significant impact in various fields.
The “100 Next” list, launched in 2019, aims to highlight emerging leaders across various domains, including health, climate, business, sports, and the arts, forecasting the future of influence and achievement.
Let’s take a closer look at these remarkable individuals who have made it to Time’s prestigious list.
1. Sarah Jakes Roberts
Sarah Jakes Roberts, aged 35, is a renowned pastor and co-pastor of ONE, a Potter’s House church in Los Angeles, alongside her husband, Touré Roberts. She is also an assistant pastor at Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas, led by her father, the famous pastor T.D. Jakes. Sarah is recognized for her remarkable success as a faith-centered businesswoman, writer, speaker, and media personality.
Known for her uplifting sermons, Jakes Roberts emphasizes the importance of believing in “more” in her messages. She encourages her audience to have faith that there’s untapped potential in their lives and to pursue it. Tyler Perry, a filmmaker, praised her for using the grace of prayer to navigate personal challenges and tragedies, connecting with millions of women through her ministry and Woman Evolve conference.
2. Jalen Hurts
Jalen Hurts, aged 25, is a rising star in the NFL, particularly as the quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. In 2022, he led the Eagles to a Super Bowl appearance, narrowly missing out on the NFL MVP Award due to an injury. Hurts is vocal about his Christian faith, and his Instagram bio reads, “In God I Trust.”
In a Sports Spectrum interview, he shared his reliance on faith during challenging times, citing John 13:7 as a verse he leans on. Peyton Manning, a legendary NFL quarterback, commended Hurts for his commitment to learning and continuous improvement, highlighting his dedication and leadership as valuable assets to his team.
3. Ronald Acuña Jr.
Ronald Acuña Jr., at the age of 25, is a prominent outfielder for the Atlanta Braves and a four-time All-Star. He made history by becoming the first player in MLB history to achieve both 40 home runs and 70 stolen bases in a single season, positioning himself as a strong contender for the 2023 National League MVP Award. Born in Venezuela, Acuña frequently emphasizes the central role of faith in his life.
Despite his on-field achievements, Acuña remains grounded in his faith, stating, “The most important thing is to never lose your faith.” He believes that faith sustains him during the challenges he faces both on and off the field, and he values his continuous communication with God.
4. Victor Glover
Victor Glover, an astronaut and part of the Artemis II crew, is set to make history as the first person of color to embark on a lunar journey. As an ex-fighter pilot, Glover brings a wealth of experience to NASA and has been noted for his commitment to his faith. He has carried a Bible and communion cups with him to the International Space Station.
The upcoming Artemis II mission will include Glover, who will pilot the mission alongside NASA astronauts Christina Hammock Koch, Reid Wiseman, and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen. Glover’s faith plays a vital role in his life, and he views his abilities as a gift from God, driving him to excel in his role and support his crewmates and the mission.
These four individuals, each with a strong Christian faith, have been selected for Time’s “100 Next” list, representing their respective fields and sharing their belief in a higher power as a source of strength, inspiration, and guidance in their journeys to success.
Their dedication, leadership, and unwavering faith serve as inspirational examples for many.