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This list of famous Christians mainly includes people in entertainment, such as TV, movies, sports and music. These are people who are famous because of their careers, not because they are Christians. Most of the names on the list are contemporary. There are many other excellent resources with information on historical Christian leaders, writers, clergy, etc.

What criteria is used to determine if a celebrity is a Christian? Basically, if a celebrity says they are a Christian, whether in published interviews or biographical sketches, we take them at their word. We haven't tried to measure how frequently they attend church or in what way God has touched their hearts or what kind of role model they are or what their beliefs are on any one issue. But as far as we know these are all people for whom their faith is important enough that they have identified it publicly, not just as as something they were raised in, but something significant to them as adults.

Note that this page has not usually been the focus of our continuing research and collection of information. Because the category of "Famous Christians" is so expansive, and could easily include thousands of names, we have focused on adding information to denomination-specific pages, such as "Famous Methodists", "Famous Catholics", "Famous Presbyterians", "Famous Nazarenes", etc. Links to over 100 "famous adherent" pages of this sort can be found here: Famous Adherents.

Willie Aames - former actor ("Eight is Enough") turned "Bibleman"
Corbin Allred - actor, "Robin Hood: Men in Tights"; "Teen Angel"
Billy Barty - actor, famed "Little People" activist, "Willow"
Jusine Bateman - actress
Gary Burghoff - actor ("Radar O'Reilly" on M.A.S.H.)
Gary Busey - actor
Kirk Cameron - actor, "Growing Pains"
Carl Clarfalio - actor ("The Thing" in Corman's FF film)
Lacey Chabert - Actress from "Party of Five"
Anna Chlumsky - Actress
Deezer D - Actor on "E.R.", Christian rapper
Anne B. Davis - "Alice" on the Brady Bunch
Clifton Davis - movie star
Hazel Dawn - movie star
Laraine Day - movie star
Mark Deakins - actor ("Star Trek: Insurrection", Axum on "Star Trek: Voyager")
Donna Douglas - actress ("Ellie May Clampett" on "Beverly Hillbillies")
Roma Downey - actress on "Touched by an Angel"
Robert Duvall - actor
Aaron Eckhart - movie star ("The Pledge", "Erin Brockovich", "Possession", etc.)
Dale Evans (1912-2001) - actress
Kim Fields - actor, "Facts of Life"
Rhonda Fleming - movie star
Mel Gibson - movie star
Ryan Gosling - actor ("The Believer", Hercules on "Young Hercules")
Andy Griffith - actor, "Andy Griffith Show"
Charlton Heston - actor, "The Ten Commandments"
Tom Hanks - movie star
Dean Jagger - movie star (Academy Award for "Twelve O'Clock High", etc.)
Dean Jones - movie star
Danny Kamekona - actor (popular Hawaiian actor; "Hawaii 5-O"; Miyagi's rival "Sato" in "Karate Kid II")
Richard Kiel - actor; Jaws in
The Spy Who Loved Me; Moonraker
Carol Lawrence - singer/dancer/actress, once married to Robert Goulet
Olivia Newton-John - popular Australian-born singer, actress
Bruce Marchiano - actor, Jesus in
The Gospel According to Matthew
Gavin McLeod - actor, Captain Stubing on
The Love Boat
Terry Moore - Academy Award-nominated actress (
Come Back, Little Sheba, etc.)
Tia and Tamer Mowry - Actresses on
Sister Sister
Robert Newman - actor

Chuck Norris - actor, "Walker Texas Ranger"
Austen O'Brian - actor on
Promised Land
Merlin Olsen - football player, actor (
Little House on the Prairie; Aaron's Way)
Jennifer O'Neill - actor
Donny Osmond and Marie Osmond - popular singers, TV show hosts
Kelly Packard -
Wonder Years; Blossom; Step By Step; Baywatch; Boy Meets World
Austin Peck - Soap Opera actor
Pat Priest - actress ("Marilyn Munster" on
The Munsters TV show; Easy Come, Easy Go w/Elvis Presley)
Della Reese - actress, "Touched by an Angel"
Judge Reinhold - actor
Fred Rogers - "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood"
Roy Rogers (1911-1998) - TV star
Mickey Rooney - actor
Jane Russell - movie star
John Schneider - actor, "The Dukes of Hazzard", founder, FaithWorks!
Connie Seleca - actress
Nancy Stafford - actress,
Matlock; MacGyver
David Suchet - actor ("Hercule Poirot" on the PBS series
Mr T. - Actor
Russ Tamblyn - actor (
Peyton Place, West Side Story, etc.)
Ben Vereen - Actor
Paul Walker - movie star (
Varsity Blues, Meet the Deedles, The Fast and the Furious, etc.)
Robert Walker - actor (
Strangers on a Train, etc.)
Lisa Whelchel - actress,
The Facts of Life
Johnny Whitaker - actor,
Family Affair
Demond Wilson - actor,
Lamont Sanford
Marie Windsor - movie star
Elijah Wood - actor
Heather Young - TV star,
Land of Giants
Loretta Young - movie star (Best Actress Academy Award for The Farmer's Daughter)

Warren Duffy - radio talk show host, KKLA
Bob Larson - radio talk show host
Dawson McAlister - radio talk show host
Janet Parshall - radio talk show host, "Janet Parshall's America"
Michael Reagan - national radio talk show host
Don Imus - prominent talk radio host
James Dobson - author and host of religion/ethics/values radio show "Focus on the Family"

TV/Movie Producers and Directors
Martha Williamson - executive producer "Touched by an Angel"
John Woo - director, "Mission Impossible II", "Broken Arrow"
Don Bluth - animation director/producer (Land Before Time; Titan A.E.; The Secret of NIMH; etc.)
Richard Dutcher - director/screenwriter/actor (Girl Crazy; God's Army)
Kieth Merrill (Academy award-winning IMAX director; "The Great American Cowboy; "Amazon", etc.)
Jerry Molen - movie producer (Schindler's List; Jurassic Park, Twister; Hook; Rain Man; etc.)
Richard Rich - animation director (The King and I; The Black Cauldron)
Ken Wales - producer, "Christy"
Michael Warren - producer, "Family Matters"

Arts and Entertainment - Other
Kim Alexis - professional model
Al Kasha - film composer, two-time Academy Award winner
Jane Clayson - co-anchor, "The Early Show" with Bryant Gumbel
Howard Finster - former preacher turned artist
Jeff Foxworthy - comedian
Kathie Lee Gifford - television talk show host
Johnny Hart - cartoonist, "B.C." comic strip
Michael Klausman - president, CBS Studio Center Hollywood
Mark Lowry - comedian
Deborah Norvill - "Inside Edition" anchor
Heather Whitestone-McCallum - first deaf Miss America

Athletics - Football
Bobby Bowden - college football coach
Dennis Byrd - former profession football player
Vince Carter - professional football player
Bob Christian - professional football player

Randall Cunningham - professional football player

Joe Gibbs - former professional football coach

Rosie Grier - former professional football player
Tom Landry - former professional football coach
Dan Reeves - professional football coach

Frank Reich - professional football player

Eugene Robinson - professional football player

Deion Sanders - professional football player

Mike Singletary - former professional football player

Gene Stallings - former college football coach
Emmitt Smith - professional football player
Kurt Warner - professional football player
Reggie White - former professional football player
Lenny Wilkens - professional basketball coach

Athletics - Basketball
A.C. Green - former professional basketball player
Hersey Hawkins - professional basketball player
Meadowlark Lemon - basketball player, Harlem Globetrotters
Pete Maravich (1947-1988) - professional basketball player
Dikembe Mutombo - professional basketball player
Mark Price - former professional basketball player
David Robinson - professional basketball player

Athletics - Baseball
Brett Butler - former baseball player

Joe Carter - baseball player

Gary Carter - former baseball player
Darren Daulton - baseball

Dave Dravecky - baseball

Orel Herschiser - professional baseball player

Paul Molitor - professional baseball player
Terry Pendleton - professional baseball player

Andy Pettitte - professional baseball player

John Smoltz - professional baseball player
Walt Weiss - professional baseball player

Athletics - Golf
Paul Azinger - professional golfer
Bernard Langer - professional golfer
Tom Lehman - professional golfer
Larry Mize - professional golfer
Payne Stewart - professional golfer
Scott Simpson - professional golfer
Larry Nelson - professional golfer

Athletics - Skating
Janet Lynn - Olympic figure skater
Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz - Olympic winning Figure skating dance team
Rosalyn Sumners - Figure Skater
Paul Wyle - Olympic figure skater

Athletics - Track and Field
Gail Devers - professional track athlete
Jackie Joyner-Kersee - professional track athlete
Eric Liddell (1902-1945) - Olympic Gold Medalist, depicted in film
Chariots of Fire
Jesse Owens (1913-1980) - professional track athlete

Athletics - other
Davey Allison (1961-1993) - professional race car driver

George Foreman - famed professional heavyweight boxer
Mary Joe Fernandez - professional tennis player
Jeff Gordon - professional car racer
Evander Holyfield - profession boxer

Todd Huston - mountain climber, motivational speaker, amputee

Mary Lou Retton - former gymnastics athlete, Olympic Gold Medalist
Jesse Romero - world chamption kick boxer

Sheila Taormina - Olympic medalist, swimming

Petty family - NASCAR professional race car drivers

Truett Cathy - founder Chick-Fil-A

Cecil Day - founder Day's Inn
Arthur DeMoss - businessman and author, founder, DeMoss Foundation
H.G. Heinz - founder, Heinz ketchup
Leonard Lesord - founder "Guidepost Magezine"
Norm Miller- Chairman of the Board, Interstate Batteries

Lowell "Bud" Paxxon - founder PAX-TV

James Cash Penney (1875-1971) - founder, J.C. Penney department stores

Charlie Plumb - motivational speaker, former Vietnam P.O.W.

Tom Pryor - ICMS; ABM

Dave Thomas - founder, Wendy's
Sam Walton - founder, Wal-Mart
Zig Ziggler - motivational speaker

G. K. Chesterton - science fiction, mystery, non-fiction, Orthodoxy
Tim LaHaye - author, Left Behind series
Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) - author, My Utmost for His Highest
C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) - author of fantasy, science fiction, and non-fiction religious books such as Mere Christianity
Catherine Marshall (1915-1983) - author of the popular novel Christy
Norman Vincent Peale - (1898-1993) author, Power of Positive Thinking
Frank Peretti - author, This Present Darkness
Charles Sheldon (1857-1946) - author,
In His Steps
Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) - author
Danielle Steele - best-selling author
J.R.R. Tolkien - author, The Hobbit
Joni Eareckson Tada - author, artist, speaker, quadriplegic

Country Music
Johnny Cash (1932-2003) - country musician
Charlie Daniels - country music artist
Barbara Fairchild - country singer
Ernie Ford (1919-1991) - country musician
Larry Gatlin - country music singer
Barbara Mandrell - country musician
Dolly Parton - country musician
Kevin Sharp - country music star
Alan Jackson - country singer
Toby Keith - country singer
Randy Travis - country singer

Steve Amerson - musician, "To the Ends of the Earth"
Randy Bachman - member of Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive; "Takin' Care of Business"
Backstreet Boys - singing group
Philip Bailey - musician, formerly with the band Earth Wind & Fire
Margaret Becker - contemporary Christian musician

Jody Benson - Broadway star; voice of "The Little Mermaid"
Ray Boltz - contemporary Christian musician
Pat Boone - actor and musician
Boyz II Men - singing group
James Brown - singer
Jeremy Castle - Oklahoma country singer/songwriter
Alice Cooper - rock singer
Rick Cua - formerly with the band "The Outlaws", contemporary Christian musician
Carman - contemporary Christian musician/evangelist

Steven Curtis Chapman - contemporary Christian musician

Bob Carlisle - contemporary Christian musician
Dino - contemporary Christian musician
John Elefante - formerly with the band "Kansas", contemporary Christian musician

Michael English - contemporary Christian musician

Mark Farmer - formerly with the band "Grand Funk", contemporary Christian musician
Don Francisco - contemporary Christian musician
Bill Gaither - traditional Gospel singer

Gloria Gaither - traditional Gospel singer

Keith Green (1953-1982) - contemporary Christian musician

Steve Green - contemporary Christian musician

MC Hammer - rap musician

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) - classical composer
Christian Jacobs - lead singer of the Aquabats
Kim Hill - contemporary Christian musician

Whitney Houston - singer, actress
Francis Scott Key (1779-1843) - composer
R. Kelley - singer
Gladys Knight - of "Gladys Knight and the Pips"; pop; R&B
Patti Labell - Singer
Mylon Lefevre - contemporary Christian musician

Glen Leonard - of the Temptations
Willie Lewis - singer, "The Platters"
Kerry Livgren - formerly with the band "Kansas", contemporary Christian musician
Babbie Mason - contemporary Christian musician
Denise Matthews - formerly "Vanity" with Prince

Rich Mullins (1955-1997) - contemporary Christian musician
Larry Norman - first Christian rock performer

Stanford Olsen - opera tenor
Twila Paris - contemporary Christian musician
Leon Patillo - contemporary Christian musician. Formerly with the band "Santana"

Christopher Parkening - classical guitarist

Charlie Peacock - contemporary Christian musician
Elvis Presley - singer
Smokey Robinson - singer
Run DMC - rap group
SHeDAISY - contemporary group
Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand - contemporary fusion/ethnic
Michael W. Smith - contemporary Christian musician
Noel Paul Stookey - singer with "Peter, Paul, and Mary"
John Tesh - musician

Vanity - Former singer for Prince
CeCe Winans - contemporary Christian musician

BeBe Winans - contemporary Christian musician
P.O.D - rock band (all members)
Chevelle - rock band (all members)
Blindside - rock band (all members)

George H.W. Bush - U.S. President
George W. Bush - U.S. President
Ronald Reagan - U.S. President
Jimmy Carter - U.S. President
Abigail Adams - first lady, wife of U.S. President John Adams
John Ashcroft - Missouri Gov. & Senator; U.S. Attorney General
Christopher Darden - Lawyer, prosecutor in O. J. Simpson case
Elizabeth Dole - director of American Red Cross; U.S. Senator from North Carolina
Stonewall Jackson - (1824-1863) Confederate general in Civil War
Alan Keyes - U.S. Presidential candidate, politician, radio host
Steve Largent - U.S. House of Representative from Oklahoma, former professional football player
Robert E. Lee - Confederate General
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) - U.S. President
Don Nickles - U.S. Senator, Oklahoma
J.C. Watts - U.S. House of Representative, former college football player
Dan Quayle - U.S. Vice President
Clarence Thomas - U.S. Supreme Court justice
George Washington - U.S. President

Science, Technology and Exploration
Robert Boyle (1627-1691) - important chemist and physicist
George Washington Carver (1864-1943)
Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) - European explorer who reached Americas in 1492
Kenneth H. Cooper - "father of aerobics"
Michael Faraday (1791-1867)
Jim Irwin (1930-1991) - astronaut, Ark Hunter
James Clerk Maxwell - influential mathematician and physicist
Samuel Morse (1791-1872)
Isaac Newton (1642-1727) - inventor, scientist
Louis Pasteur (1822-1895)
Hugh Ross - physicist
Francis Schaeffer - theologian and thinker (1912-1984)
Carol Swain - political scientist, author of Black Faces, Black Interests and The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration (a convert to Evangelical Christianity)
Wright Brothers - invented airplane

Additional Famous Christians: Christian Entertainers
Source: Wikipedia (; viewed 5 July 2005)
Clay Aiken; Air Supply; Damon Allen; Henry Armstrong; Alan Autry; Paulie Ayala; Carlos Baerga; Stephen Baldwin; Billy Blanks; Fred Berry; Hugh Beaumont; Dan Biggers; Bono; Steve Borden; Josephine Brawley Hughes; Moya Brennan; Frederick Buechner; Chris Byrd; Candace Cameron; Kirk Cameron; Jim Carrey; Vince Carter; Johnny Cash; James Caviezel; Iris Chacon; Liliana Chacon; G. K. Chesterton; Jaileen Cintron; Jerry Colangelo; William Colgate; Miguel Cotto; Elvis Crespo; Charlie Daniels; dc Talk; Delirious?; Esteban De Jesus; Trent Dilfer; Thomas A. Dorsey; Kevin Duckworth; Bob Dylan; The Edge; Joe English; Dale Evans; Chad Everett; Mark Farner; Kim Fields; Bob Fitzsimmons; Tiger Flowers; Jane Fonda; George Foreman; Randall Franks; Richie Furay; Gerardo; Mel Gibson; Clarence Gilyard; Jeff Gordon; Amy Grant; A.C. Green; Keith Green; Norman Greenbaum; Andy Griffith; M.C. Hammer; David Hart; Darren Hayes; Evander Holyfield; Mahalia Jackson; LeBron James; Marty Jannetty; Jars of Clay; Avery Johnson; Dean Jones; Richard Kiel; Gladys Knight; Michael Landon Jr.; Meadowlark Lemon; Tom Lester; C. S. Lewis; Hal Lindsey; Tom Lister Jr.; Brian Littrell; Angel Manfredy; Brennan Manning; Pete Maravich; Kelly Martin; Jerry Mathers; Shawn Michaels; Gavin McCloud; Steve McQueen; Moby; Andy Montanez; Alvy Moore; Mandy Moore; Tia and Tamera Mowry; Rich Mullins; Lila Murillo; Chelsea Noble; Larry Norman; Chuck Norris; Flannery O'Connor; Carroll O'Connor; Jennifer O'Neill; Ken Osmond; Peret; Robert Picardo; Petra; Robert Picardo; Jorge Porcel; Mark Price; Aaron Pryor; Michael Redd; Della Reese; Judge Reinhold; Cliff Richard; David Ruprecht; David Robinson; Jose Luis Rodriguez Gonzolez; Roy Rogers actor; Vince Russo; Alex Sonchez; Deion Sanders; Colonel Sanders; Dorothy L. Sayers; Martin Sheen; Arnold Schwarzenegger; John Schneider; Earnie Shavers; Sonny Shroyer; Jessica Simpson; Michael W. Smith; Sons of the San Joaquin; Gwen Stefani; James Stewart; Tonea Stewart; Darryl Strawberry; Stryper; A.J. Styles; Billy Sunday; Mr. T; Johnny Tapia; Thomas of Celino; P.J. Thomas; J. R. R. Tolkien; Randy Travis; Christian Ubber; Yolanda Vadiz; Dick Van Dyke; Jaci Velazquez; Ken Wales; Susan Wales; Andre Ward; Kurt Warner; Lisa Whelchel; Reggie White; Buck Williams; Michelle Williams; Marcos Witt; John Woo; Yuri; Charlie Zaa; Steven F. Zambo; Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Great Christians listed on In Touch Ministries' "Spiritual Journeys of Great Christians" page (
Corrie Ten Boom; Abraham Lincoln; David Livingstone; Henrietta Mears; Martin Luther; R.G. LeTourneau; A.W. Tozer; Oswald Chambers; George Frideric Handel; Hudson Taylor; Jim Elliot; Andrew Murray; Eric Liddell; Peter Marshall; Susanna Wesley; Charles Spurgeon; Fanny Crosby; Francis Schaeffer; George Washington Carver; Amy Carmichael; Dwight Moody; C. S. Lewis; Charles Finney; Catherine Marshall; Dawson Trotman

Profiles of Famous Christians, by David W. Kuykendall, First Baptist Church of Searles Valley (
A. B. Simpson; Adoniram Judson; Billy Sunday; C. T. Studd; Charles Finney; Charles Haddon Spurgeon; Charles Simeon; Christmas Evans; Cornelius Smith; Dwight L. Moody; Fanny Crosby; Francis Ridley Havergal; George Mueller; George Whitfield; Girolamo Savonarola; Harry Ironside; Hudson Taylor; Jack Hyles; Jeremiah Mcauley; John Newton; John R. Rice; John Vassar; John Wesley; Jonathan Edwards; Martin Luther; Mel Trotter; Menno Simmons; Peter Cartwright; Robert M. Mccheyne; Sam Jones; Solomon Ginsburg; Ulrich Zwingli; Wesley Clark; William Borden; William Carey

James Kiefer's Christian Biographies (
Bridget of Kildare; Catherine Winkworth; David P. Oakerhater; Dewi of Wales; Frederick Denison Maurice; Justin Martyr; Nicholas Ferrar; Peter's Deliverance; Philip and James; Remigius of Orleans; Alexander Crummell; Dietrich Bonhoeffer; Ephrem of Edessa; Forty Martyrs of Sebaste; Laurence; Leo the Great; Paulinus of York; Scholastica; Thomas Merton; William Laud; Barnabas; Benedict of Nursia; Clare of Assisi; George A Selwyn; Lars Olsen Skrefsrud; Martin of Tours; Philip the Evangelist; Aelred of Rievaulx; Charles Simeon; G.K. Chesterton; Gregory the Great; Hippolytus; John Henry Hobart; Mikael Agricola; Nathan Soderblom; Samuel Johnson; Simon of Cyrene; Wilfred of York; Absalom Jones; Agatha and Lucy; Antony of Padua; Cyprian of Carthage; Edward the Confessor; Gregory Palamas; Hilary of Poitiers; Jeremy Taylor; Silas; Basil the Great; Cyril; Methodius; John of the Cross; Maximilian Kolbe; Pachomius; S.I.J. Schereschewsky; Samuel Seabury; Albert the Great; Damien; Dante Alighieri; Evelyn Underhill; Olga and Vladimir; Teresa of Avila; The Virgin Mary; Thomas Bray; Bernadette of Lourdes; Janani Luwum; Joseph Butler; Margaret, Queen of Scotland; Ninian of Galloway; Antony of Egypt; Bartolome de Casas; Dorothy L Sayers; Erik of Sweden; Hildegard of Bingen; Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln; Ignatius of Antioch; Onesimus; Patrick; Bernard Mizeki; Confession of Peter; Cyril of Jerusalem; Dag Hammarskjold; Florence Nightingale; Hilda of Whitby; Luke the Evangelist; Martin of Erfurt; William Porcher DuBose; Alphege of Canterbury; Dunstan of Canterbury; Elizabeth, Princess of Hungary; Helena; Jesuit Martyrs of North America; Joseph; Macrina the Younger; Theodore of Tarsus; Wulfstan of Worcester; All Souls; Athanasius; Chad of Lichfield; Channing Moore Williams; James Lloyd Breck; Martyrs of Lyons; Martyrs of New Guinea; Alcuin; Bernard of Clairvaux; Cuthbert of Lindisfarne; Edmund, King of East Anglia; Fabian, Bishop and Martyr; John C Patteson; Rasmus Jensen; Sojourner Truth; Agnes of Rome; Anselm of Canterbury; Blaise Pascal; Dionysius of Alexandria; John Eliot; Matthew; Onesimos Nesib; Peter Damian; Thomas Ken; Thomas the Apostle; Alban; C. S. Lewis; Edward King; James De Koven; Mary Magdalene; Vincent of Saragossa; Birgitta of Sweden; Clement of Rome; Gregory the Illuminator; James of Jerusalem; Ludwig Nommensen; Phillips Brooks; Polycarp; Toyohiko Kagawa; Bartholomew; Francis de Sales; Jonathan Edwards; Martyrs of Armenia; Matthias; Nicolaus Copernicus; Thomas a Kempis; Bede the Venerable; Catherine of Alexandria; Conversion of St. Paul; Ethelbert of Kent; Geoffrey Chaucer; James the Apostle; Louis IX of France; Mark the Evangelist; Philip Melanchthon; Sergius of Radonezh; Alfred the Great; Augustine of Canterbury; Elizabeth Fedd; Lancelot Andrewes; Protomartyr; Timothy; Titus; Silas; Charles Henry Brent; Cyril of Alexandria; George Herbert; John Calvin; John Chrysostom; Thomas Gallaudet; Vincent de Paul; William Reed Huntington; William Temple; Augustine of Hippo; Irenaeus; J. S. Bach; Kamehameha and Emma; Simon; Jude; Thomas Aquinas; Catherine of Siena; James Hannington; John Keble; Juraj Tranovsky; Lydia; Dorcas; Phoebe; Mary; Martha; Lazarus of Bethany; Michael and all Angels; Peter and Paul; Thomas a Becket; Anskar; Francis Xavier et al; Gladys Aylward; John; Charles Wesley; Martyrs of Uganda; Nicodemus; Nikolai Grundtvig; Richard Hooker; Richard of Chichester; Andrew; Charles I of England; Scotland; Early Abbots of Cluny; Early Martyrs of Rome; Hans Neilsen Hauge; Jerome; Joan of Arc; John Bunyan; Josephine Butler; William Wilberforce; Aidan of Lindisfarne; John Donne; Joseph of Arimathaea; Sylvester of Rome; Cornelius; Francis of Assisi; Jean-Baptist Vianney; John of Damascus; Monnica; Paul Jones; Pope John XXIII; Albert Schweitzer; Boniface; Clement of Alexandria; Martyrs of Japan; Oswald of Northumbria; Theodor Fliedner; Albrecht Duerer; Michelangelo Buonarroti; Jan Hus; Nicholas of Myra; William Tyndale; Ambrose of Milan; Chief Seattle; Henry Muhlenberg; John Mason Neale; Perpetua and her Companions; Willibrord of Utrecht; Aquila and Priscilla; Dominic; Edward King; John Milton; Julian of Norwich; Martyrs of Ecuador; William A. Muhlenberg; Columba of Iona; Constance and her Companions; Franz Jagerstatter; Gregory of Nazianzus; Gregory of Nyssa; Julia Chester Emery; Robert Grosseteste; William Law; Blaise of Sebaste; Charles de Foucauld; Prayer for Church Unity; Clotilda, Queen of the Franks; Henry Martyn; Isaac Watts; James Otis Sargent Huntington; John Fisher; John Heyer; Soren Kierkegaard; Thomas More; William Passavant; Amelia Jenks Bloomer; Apolo Kivebulaya; Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg; Edward B. Pusey; Elizabeth Cady Stanton; First Book of Common Prayer; Forty Martyrs of England and Wales; George Frederick Handel; Harriet Ross Tubman; Heinrich Schuetz; Henry Winter Syle; Ignatius of Loyola; Jackson Kemper; Johan Olaf Wallin; John Wyclif; Jonathan Myrick Daniels; Olavus; Laurentius Petri; Peter Abelard; Richard Baxter; Vitus, Martyr; William Shakespeare; William White; Charles Gore; Louis XVI of France

People who are well known because of their efforts or careers in ministry include:
Kay Arthur, Jim Bakker, Gary Bauer, David Berkowitz, Bill Bright, Larry Burkett, Ryne Hart Bonke, Corrie Ten Boom, Michael Brown, Tony Campollo, David (Paul) Yonggi Cho, Chuck Colson, Kenneth Copeland, James Dobson, Elisabeth Elliot, Jim Elliot, Tony Evans, Charles Finney, Jerry Fallwell, Franklin Graham, Billy Graham, John Haggee, Hank Hannigraf, Marilyn Hickey, Steve Hill, Benny Hinn, Rees Howells, Bill Hybels, Calvin Johnson Jr., Grant Jeffries, Ben Kinshlo, Paul Krouch, Nicky Cruz, Hubert Lindsey, Hal Lindsey, David Livingstone, Crawford Loritz, Max Lucado, Peter Marshall, Bill McCartney, Josh McDowell, Walter Martin, Dwight Moody, George Mueller, Larry Poland, Oral Roberts, Pat Robertson, Dave Roever, Robert Schuller, Demias Shekarian, Robert Slairden, Charles Stanley, Chuck Swindoll, Hudson Taylor, A.W. Tozer, Kevin Turner, John Wesley, Susana Wesley, David Wilkerson, Ravi Zacharius

See also:
Religious Affiliation of U.S. Presidents (all have been Christian)
Religious Affiliation of U.S. Vice-Presidents (all have been Christian)

131 Christians Everyone Should Know

Source: Mark Galli, 131 Christians Everyone Should Know, Broadman/Holman (2000); list posted on Christianity Today website, (viewed 8 November 2005)
Athanasius Five-time exile for fighting "orthodoxy" early Christian
Augustine of Hippo Architect of the Middle Ages Greek state paganism; Manichaeanism; Catholic
John of Damascus Image-conscious Arab Catholic
Anselm Reluctant bishop with a remarkable mind Catholic (Benedictine monk)
Thomas Aquinas The brilliant "dumb ox" Catholic
Martin Luther Passionate reformer Catholic; Lutheran
John Calvin Father of the Reformed faith Reformed Church; Calvinism
Jacob Arminius Irenic anti-Calvinist Dutch Reformed
Jonathan Edwards America's greatest theologian Congregationalist; Presbyterian
Karl Barth Courageous theologian Lutheran; Swiss Reformed
Evangelists and Apologists
Justin Martyr Defender of the "true philosophy" Catholic
Clement of Alexandria Theologian for the intelligentsia
Gregory Thaumaturgus "The Wonder Worker"
Antony of Padua "The hammer of heretics"
Blaise Pascal Scientific and spiritual prodigy Jansenism
George Whitefield Sensational evangelist of Britain and America
Charles Finney Father of American revivalism
Dwight L. Moody Revivalist with a common touch
Billy Sunday Salty evangelist
Billy Graham Evangelist to millions Presbyterian; Baptist
Pastors and Preachers
Ambrose of Milan Most talented bishop of the early church
John Chrysostom Early church's greatest preacher Catholic
Richard Baxter Moderate in an age of extremes
John Newton Reformed slave trader Anglican
Charles Simeon Evangelical mentor and model Anglican
Lyman Beecher Revivalist who moved with the times Presbyterian
Thomas Chalmers Unrelenting advocate for the poor
John Nelson Darby Father of dispensationalism
Charles Spurgeon Finest nineteenth-century preacher Baptist
Harry Emerson Fosdick Liberalism's popularizer
Musicians, Artists, and Writers
Rembrandt Harmensz Van Rijn Dutch painter of the soul Dutch Reformed
Johann Sebastian Bach "The Fifth Evangelist" Lutheran
George Frideric Handel Composer of Messiah Lutheran
John Bunyan Pilgrim who made progress in prison Baptist
Harriet Beecher Stowe Author of Uncle Tom's Cabin Congregationalist
Fyodor Dostoyevsky Russian novelist of spiritual depth Russian Orthodox
George MacDonald Fabled Victorian writer
G.K. Chesterton "Enormous" essayist, poet, writer Anglican; Catholic
Dorothy Sayers Mystery writer and apologist Anglican
C.S. Lewis Scholar, author, and apologist Anglican
Dante Alighieri Worldly creator of divine verse Catholic
Geoffrey Chaucer Medieval England's greatest storyteller Geoffrey Chaucer
John Donne Poet of God's love Anglican
George Herbert England's greatest religious poet Anglican
John Milton Puritan author of Paradise Lost Anglican; Congregationalist
Anne Bradstreet America's first poet Unitarian
Isaac Watts Father of English hymnody Anglican; Congregationalist
Charles Wesley Greatest hymn writer of all time Methodist
Fanny Crosby Prolific and blind hymn writer Methodist
T.S. Eliot Modernist poet Anglican
Denominational Founders
Menno Simons Anabaptist peacemaker Anabaptist; Mennonite
John Knox Presbyterian with a sword Presbyterian
John Smyth The "Se-Baptist" Baptist
George Fox First Friend Quaker
Nikolaus von Zinzendorf Christ-centered Moravian "brother" Moravian Church
John Wesley Methodical pietist Methodist
Francis Asbury Methodist on horseback Methodist
Richard Allen Father of the American Methodist Episcopal Church Methodist Episcopal Church
William Miller Mistaken founder of Adventism Seventh-day Adventist
Alexander Campbell Christian Church of Christ
Aimee Semple McPherson Foursquare phenomenon International Church of the Foursquare Gospel
Movers and Shakers
Benedict of Nursia Father of western monasticism
Bernard of Clairvaux Medieval reformer and mystic
Dominic Founder of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) Catholic
Francis of Assisi Mystical founder of the Franciscans Catholic
John Wycliffe Medieval "protestant" Catholic
Joan of Arc Teenage war hero with visions Catholic
Ulrich Zwingli Militant Swiss reformer
Ignatius of Loyola Founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) Catholic
Phoebe Palmer Mother of the holiness movement Methodist
Soren Kierkegaard Christian existentialist Lutheran
Columbanus Irish missionary to Europe
Cyril and Methodius Apostles to the Slavs
Francis Xavier First missionary to Japan
Matthew Ricci Controversial evangelist to China
John Eliot Apostle to Native Americans
William Carey Father of modern Protestant missions Baptist
David Livingstone Missionary-explorer of Africa Calvinist
Hudson Taylor Faith missionary to China Methodist
Inner Travelers
Antony of Egypt Greatest Desert Father
Hildegard of Bingen Benedictine abbess, visionary, and writer
Catherine of Siena Mystic and political activist
Thomas A Kempis Author of the most popular devotional classic
Teresa of Avila Carmelite mystic and feisty administrator Catholic
John of the Cross Spanish mystic of the soul's dark night
Brother Lawrence Practitioner of God's presence
William Law Champion of the serious, devout, and holy life Anglican
Andrew Murray Leading student in Christ's school of prayer
Oswald Chambers Preacher who gave his utmost Baptist
John Woolman Quaker mystic and abolitionist Quaker
William Wilberforce Antislavery politician
Elizabeth Fry Prison reformer Quaker
Sojourner Truth Abolitionist and women's rights advocate Methodist; Seventh-day Adventist
Lord Shaftesbury (Antony Ashley Cooper) Godly English statesman
William Gladstone Prime Minister of impeccable morals
Harriet Tubman The "Moses" of her people Methodist
Catherine Booth Compelling preacher and co-founder of the Salvation Army Salvation Army
William Booth First General of the Salvation Army Salvation Army
Walter Rauschenbusch Champion of the social gospel
Constantine First Christian emperor
Theodosius I Emperor who made Christianity "the" Roman religion Catholic
Justinian I and Theodora I Greatest Byzantine rulers Catholic
Leo I Pope and international diplomat Catholic
Gregory the Great "Servant of the Servants of God"
Charlemagne Christian ruler of a "holy" empire Catholic
Innocent III Warring "Vicar of Christ" Catholic
Louis IX Saintly king of France Catholic
Henry VIII Defender of the faith Anglican
Scholars and Scientists
Origen Biblical scholar and philosopher
Eusebius of Caesarea Father - and maker - of church history
Jerome Bible translator whose version lasted a millennium
The Venerable Bede Father of English history
Erasmus Pious humanist who sparked the Reformation
Nicholas Copernicus Revolutionary astronomer Catholic
William Tyndale Translator of the first English New Testament Lutheran
John Foxe Martyrologist
Francis Bacon Philosopher of science Anglican
Galileo Galilei Misjudged astronomer Catholic
Ignatius of Antioch Earliest post-New Testament martyr
Polycarp Aged bishop of Smyrna
Perpetua High society believer
Boniface Apostle to Germany
Thomas Becket Murdered archbishop of Canterbury
John Huss Pre-Reformation reformer
Thomas Cranmer Genius behind Anglicanism Anglican
Nicholas Ridley and Hugh Latimer English reformers who died together
Dietrich Bonhoeffer German theologian and resister Lutheran


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