Religion: Bestselling Church

Early each Sunday, 800 members of the Akron Baptist Temple faithfully arrive at the twelve-acre garden of blacktop and buildings that is their church. They are not the congregation, but merely the staff of deacons, teachers, janitors, ushers, singers, pianists and parking-lot attendants. Once on the job and in uniform-choir in their Sunday best, car hustlers in white—they are ready to receive the crowds who come to hear their pastor.

Dr. Dallas F. Billington. 59, preach his down-home sermons from the pulpit of his 5,000-seat auditorium. "God is real —see how he has blessed us," he often says. "This li'l ol' Kentucky...

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