List of Famous Missionaries People

List of Famous Missionaries

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List of famous missionarys, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top missionarys in the world? This includes the most prominent missionarys, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable missionarys is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic missionarys were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned missionarys.

This list is made up of a variety of people, including Paula White and Steve Munsey.

From reputable, prominent, and well known missionarys to the lesser known missionarys of today, these are some of the best professionals in the missionary field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous missionarys ever?" and "What are the names of famous missionarys?" then you're in the right place. (321 items)


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    Paul the Apostle
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    Paul the Apostle, originally known as Saul of Tarsus, was an apostle who taught the gospel of Christ to the first-century world. He is generally considered one of the most important figures of the Apostolic Age. In the mid-30s to the mid-50s, he founded several churches in Asia Minor and Europe. Paul ...more

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    • Birthplace: Tarsus, Turkey
    • Profession: Missionary, Prophet, Tentmaker, Writer
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    David Livingstone
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    David Livingstone was a Scottish Congregationalist pioneer medical missionary with the London Missionary Society and an explorer in Africa. His meeting with H. M. Stanley on 10 November 1871 gave rise to the popular quotation "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" Perhaps one of the most popular national heroes ...more

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    • Age: Died at 60 (1813-1873)
    • Birthplace: Blantyre, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Missionary, Physician
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    Marilyn Hickey is an American Christian minister and televangelist who teaches Bible studies both nationally and internationally.more

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    • Age: age 84
    • Birthplace: Overland Park, Kansas, United States of America
    • Profession: Missionary, Author, Televangelist, Motivational speaker
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    Paula Michelle White is an international Christian evangelist and teacher, TV personality, author and philanthropist. She is the Senior Pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida, which is a non-denominational, multi-cultural church whose membership ranges in the thousands. She hosts a ...more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Tupelo, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Talk show host, Missionary, Author, Televangelist, Pastor, + more
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    Italian Jesuit architect who stopped in Macau foe about two years 1600-1602, and designed the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Macau,completed in 1627.more

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    • Age: Died at 58 (1564-1622)
    • Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
    • Profession: Missionary, Architect
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    Grant Wilson
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    Grant Steven Wilson is an American plumber and the co-founder of The Atlantic Paranormal Society, which is based in Warwick, Rhode Island. He is also the star and co-producer of SyFy's cable television reality series, Ghost Hunters.more

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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: USA, Providence, Rhode Island
    • Profession: Plumber, Television producer, Missionary, Author, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Ghost Hunters, Up the Creek
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    Jonathan Edwards
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    Jonathan Edwards was a Protestant preacher, philosopher, and theologian. Edwards "is widely acknowledged to be America's most important and original philosophical theologian," and one of America's greatest intellectuals. Edwards's theological work is broad in scope, but he was rooted in Reformed ...more

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    • Age: Died at 55 (1703-1758)
    • Birthplace: East Windsor, Springfield, Connecticut, United States of America
    • Profession: Theologian, Missionary, Pastor, Writer, Preacher, + more
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    Natalie Bolton
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    Natalie Bolton is a former contestant on the reality television show Survivor: Micronesia.more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Missionary, Personal trainer, Singer, Bartender
    • Credits: Survivor
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    Morris Cerullo is an American pentecostal televangelist.more

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    • Age: age 84
    • Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Missionary, Author, Televangelist, Motivational speaker
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    Frank Charles Laubach, from Benton, PA was a Congregational Christian missionary educated at Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University, and a mystic known as "The Apostle to the Illiterates." In 1915, while working among Muslims at a remote location in the Philippines, he developed the "Each ...more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1884-1970)
    • Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Missionary
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    Steve K. Munsey is the pastor of the Family Christian Center in Munster, Indiana. He is frequently seen on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, DayStar, and local stations throughout the United States.more

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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Television producer, Missionary, Author, Televangelist, Pastor, + more
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    Tim Kaine
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    Timothy Michael "Tim" Kaine is an American politician currently serving as the junior United States Senator from Virginia. A member of the Democratic Party, Kaine was first elected to the Senate in 2012. Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Kaine is a graduate of Harvard Law School. Kaine began his career as ...more

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Saint Paul, United States of America, Ramsey County, United States, with Territories, + more
    • Profession: Politician, Missionary, Lawyer
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    Eric Liddell
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    Eric Henry Liddell was a Scottish athlete, rugby union international player, and missionary, who was forced to choose between his religious beliefs and competing in an Olympic race. After refusing to run in the heats on a Sunday, for his favoured distance, men's 100 metres, Liddell could still compete ...more

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    • Age: Died at 43 (1902-1945)
    • Birthplace: Tianjin, China
    • Profession: Missionary, Athlete
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    Matteo Ricci
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    Matteo Ricci, S.J., was an Italian Jesuit priest and one of the founding figures of the Jesuit China missions. His 1602 map of the world in Chinese characters introduced the findings of European exploration to East Asia. Within Roman Catholicism, he is considered a Servant of God.more

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    • Age: Died at 58 (1552-1610)
    • Birthplace: Macerata, Italy
    • Profession: Priest, Mathematician, Missionary
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    David Brainerd
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    David Brainerd was an American missionary to the Native Americans who had a particularly fruitful ministry among the Delaware Indians of New Jersey. During his short life he was beset by many difficulties. As a result, his biography has become a source of inspiration and encouragement to many ...more

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    • Age: Died at 29 (1718-1747)
    • Birthplace: Haddam, Connecticut, United States of America
    • Profession: Missionary
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    Roland Allen

    Roland Allen
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    Roland Allen was an English missionary.more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1868-1947)
    • Birthplace: Bristol, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Missionary
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    Frederick Howard Taylor

    Frederick Howard Taylor
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    Frederick Howard Taylor a.k.a. F. Howard Taylor, was a British pioneer Protestant Christian missionary to China, author, speaker and second son of James Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission, and Maria Jane Dyer.more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1862-1946)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Missionary, Physician, Writer
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    Reverend James "Jim" Whittington is an American televangelist ordained minister, preacher missionary and faith healer. Whittington has been in the ministry for 51 years. His father, Rev. A.B. Whittington, pastored and ministered in the Pentecostal demnomination for more than 50 years. Rev. Jim ...more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Dillon, South Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Missionary, Author, Televangelist
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    Russell R. Standish

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    • Age: age 82
    • Profession: Missionary, Author
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    Katharine Bushnell was a medical doctor, Christian writer, medical missionary to China, Bible scholar, and social activist. Of particular interest to her was the status of women in the Bible, believing it had been mistranslated and misinterpreted. She was a forerunner of feminist theology. Her lifelong ...more

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    • Age: Died at 90 (1856-1946)
    • Birthplace: Peru, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Missionary
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