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Some Famous Christians


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- Famous Scientists who were Christians
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- Christian Science Fiction Writers
- Largest Christian Communities
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- Names of "Christian" Politicians

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- Wiki: List of Christians
- Wiki: Category: Christians by Denomination
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- Famous Christians in History
- Christian Influences in the Sciences
- Portraits of Great Christians
- Profiles of Famous Christians
- James Kiefer's Christian Biographies
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.

Actors
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 Mystery)
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)


Radio
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


Business
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


Literature
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


Music
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)


Political
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 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Christian_entertainers; 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 (http://www.intouch.org:80/myintouch/mighty/portraits/index_77957.html):
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 (http://www.kjvuser.com/profilesoffamouschristians.htm):
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 (http://elvis.rowan.edu/~kilroy/JEK/home.html):
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, http://www.christianitytoday.com/history/features/131christians.html (viewed 8 November 2005)

Theologians
AthanasiusFive-time exile for fighting "orthodoxy"early Christian
Augustine of HippoArchitect of the Middle AgesGreek state paganism; Manichaeanism; Catholic
John of DamascusImage-conscious ArabCatholic
AnselmReluctant bishop with a remarkable mindCatholic (Benedictine monk)
Thomas AquinasThe brilliant "dumb ox"Catholic
Martin LutherPassionate reformerCatholic; Lutheran
John CalvinFather of the Reformed faithReformed Church; Calvinism
Jacob ArminiusIrenic anti-CalvinistDutch Reformed
Jonathan EdwardsAmerica's greatest theologianCongregationalist; Presbyterian
Karl BarthCourageous theologianLutheran; Swiss Reformed
Evangelists and Apologists
Justin MartyrDefender of the "true philosophy"Catholic
Clement of AlexandriaTheologian for the intelligentsia
Gregory Thaumaturgus"The Wonder Worker"
Antony of Padua"The hammer of heretics"
Blaise PascalScientific and spiritual prodigyJansenism
George WhitefieldSensational evangelist of Britain and America
Charles FinneyFather of American revivalism
Dwight L. MoodyRevivalist with a common touch
Billy SundaySalty evangelist
Billy GrahamEvangelist to millionsPresbyterian; Baptist
Pastors and Preachers
Ambrose of MilanMost talented bishop of the early church
John ChrysostomEarly church's greatest preacherCatholic
Richard BaxterModerate in an age of extremes
John NewtonReformed slave traderAnglican
Charles SimeonEvangelical mentor and modelAnglican
Lyman BeecherRevivalist who moved with the timesPresbyterian
Thomas ChalmersUnrelenting advocate for the poor
John Nelson DarbyFather of dispensationalism
Charles SpurgeonFinest nineteenth-century preacherBaptist
Harry Emerson FosdickLiberalism's popularizer
Musicians, Artists, and Writers
Rembrandt Harmensz Van RijnDutch painter of the soulDutch Reformed
Johann Sebastian Bach"The Fifth Evangelist"Lutheran
George Frideric HandelComposer of MessiahLutheran
John BunyanPilgrim who made progress in prisonBaptist
Harriet Beecher StoweAuthor of Uncle Tom's CabinCongregationalist
Fyodor DostoyevskyRussian novelist of spiritual depthRussian Orthodox
George MacDonaldFabled Victorian writer
G.K. Chesterton"Enormous" essayist, poet, writerAnglican; Catholic
Dorothy SayersMystery writer and apologistAnglican
C.S. LewisScholar, author, and apologistAnglican
Poets
Dante AlighieriWorldly creator of divine verseCatholic
Geoffrey ChaucerMedieval England's greatest storytellerGeoffrey Chaucer
John DonnePoet of God's loveAnglican
George HerbertEngland's greatest religious poetAnglican
John MiltonPuritan author of Paradise LostAnglican; Congregationalist
Anne BradstreetAmerica's first poetUnitarian
Isaac WattsFather of English hymnodyAnglican; Congregationalist
Charles WesleyGreatest hymn writer of all timeMethodist
Fanny CrosbyProlific and blind hymn writerMethodist
T.S. EliotModernist poetAnglican
Denominational Founders
Menno SimonsAnabaptist peacemakerAnabaptist; Mennonite
John KnoxPresbyterian with a swordPresbyterian
John SmythThe "Se-Baptist"Baptist
George FoxFirst FriendQuaker
Nikolaus von ZinzendorfChrist-centered Moravian "brother"Moravian Church
John WesleyMethodical pietistMethodist
Francis AsburyMethodist on horsebackMethodist
Richard AllenFather of the American Methodist Episcopal ChurchMethodist Episcopal Church
William MillerMistaken founder of AdventismSeventh-day Adventist
Alexander CampbellChristianChurch of Christ
Aimee Semple McPhersonFoursquare phenomenonInternational Church of the Foursquare Gospel
Movers and Shakers
Benedict of NursiaFather of western monasticism
Bernard of ClairvauxMedieval reformer and mystic
DominicFounder of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans)Catholic
Francis of AssisiMystical founder of the FranciscansCatholic
John WycliffeMedieval "protestant"Catholic
Joan of ArcTeenage war hero with visionsCatholic
Ulrich ZwingliMilitant Swiss reformer
Ignatius of LoyolaFounder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits)Catholic
Phoebe PalmerMother of the holiness movementMethodist
Soren KierkegaardChristian existentialistLutheran
Missionaries
ColumbanusIrish missionary to Europe
Cyril and MethodiusApostles to the Slavs
Francis XavierFirst missionary to Japan
Matthew RicciControversial evangelist to China
John EliotApostle to Native Americans
William CareyFather of modern Protestant missionsBaptist
David LivingstoneMissionary-explorer of AfricaCalvinist
Hudson TaylorFaith missionary to ChinaMethodist
Inner Travelers
Antony of EgyptGreatest Desert Father
Hildegard of BingenBenedictine abbess, visionary, and writer
Catherine of SienaMystic and political activist
Thomas A KempisAuthor of the most popular devotional classic
Teresa of AvilaCarmelite mystic and feisty administratorCatholic
John of the CrossSpanish mystic of the soul's dark night
Brother LawrencePractitioner of God's presence
William LawChampion of the serious, devout, and holy lifeAnglican
Andrew MurrayLeading student in Christ's school of prayer
Oswald ChambersPreacher who gave his utmostBaptist
Activists
John WoolmanQuaker mystic and abolitionistQuaker
William WilberforceAntislavery politician
Elizabeth FryPrison reformerQuaker
Sojourner TruthAbolitionist and women's rights advocateMethodist; Seventh-day Adventist
Lord Shaftesbury (Antony Ashley Cooper)Godly English statesman
William GladstonePrime Minister of impeccable morals
Harriet TubmanThe "Moses" of her peopleMethodist
Catherine BoothCompelling preacher and co-founder of the Salvation ArmySalvation Army
William BoothFirst General of the Salvation ArmySalvation Army
Walter RauschenbuschChampion of the social gospel
Rulers
ConstantineFirst Christian emperor
Theodosius IEmperor who made Christianity "the" Roman religionCatholic
Justinian I and Theodora IGreatest Byzantine rulersCatholic
Leo IPope and international diplomatCatholic
Gregory the Great"Servant of the Servants of God"
CharlemagneChristian ruler of a "holy" empireCatholic
Innocent IIIWarring "Vicar of Christ"Catholic
Louis IXSaintly king of FranceCatholic
Henry VIIIDefender of the faithAnglican
Scholars and Scientists
OrigenBiblical scholar and philosopher
Eusebius of CaesareaFather - and maker - of church history
JeromeBible translator whose version lasted a millennium
The Venerable BedeFather of English history
ErasmusPious humanist who sparked the Reformation
Nicholas CopernicusRevolutionary astronomerCatholic
William TyndaleTranslator of the first English New TestamentLutheran
John FoxeMartyrologist
Francis BaconPhilosopher of scienceAnglican
Galileo GalileiMisjudged astronomerCatholic
Martyrs
Ignatius of AntiochEarliest post-New Testament martyr
PolycarpAged bishop of Smyrna
PerpetuaHigh society believer
BonifaceApostle to Germany
Thomas BecketMurdered archbishop of Canterbury
John HussPre-Reformation reformer
Thomas CranmerGenius behind AnglicanismAnglican
Nicholas Ridley and Hugh LatimerEnglish reformers who died together
Dietrich BonhoefferGerman theologian and resisterLutheran

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