What is the name of the wooden box that a preacher preaches from when he stands in front of the church? Is it an altar?
Preachers have a tendency to be religious, in my experience.;-)Pulpit denotes a religious setting. Podium would be used in the business or educational setting.
In churches where there is only one such box and it serves both as a pulpit (for preaching) and a lectern (for the readings), it's called an ambo, I believe.