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List of Famous Preachers

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List of famous preachers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top preachers in the world? This includes the most prominent preachers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable preachers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic preachers 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 preachers.

Examples include Jesus Christ and Solomon Burke.

From reputable, prominent, and well known preachers to the lesser known preachers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the preacher field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous preachers ever?" and "What are the names of famous preachers?" then you're in the right place. (201 items)

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    Martin Luther King is a fictional character in the film Theme of the Traitor and the Hero.more

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    • Age: Died at 39 (1929-1968)
    • Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Civil rights activist, Writer, Minister of religion
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    Billy Graham
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    William Franklin "Billy" Graham Jr., KBE is an American evangelical Christian evangelist, ordained as a Southern Baptist minister, who rose to celebrity status in 1949 reaching a core constituency of middle-class, moderately conservative Protestants. He held large indoor and outdoor rallies; sermons ...more

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    • Age: age 97
    • Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Evangelist, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Pastor, + more
    • Credits: Born Again, Two a Penny, Come the Morning, The Homecoming, Shadow of the Boomerang, + more
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    Jesus, also referred to as Jesus of Nazareth, is the central figure of Christianity, whom the teachings of most Christian denominations hold to be the Son of God. Christianity regards Jesus as the awaited Messiah of the Old Testament and refers to him as Jesus Christ, a name that is also used in ...more

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    • Birthplace: Judea
    • Profession: Carpenter, Prophet, Preacher
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    Joel Scott Osteen is an American preacher, televangelist, author, and the Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church, the largest Protestant church in the United States, in Houston, Texas. His televised sermons are seen by over 7 million viewers weekly and over 20 million monthly in over 100 countries. Osteen has ...more

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Evangelist, Author, Televangelist, Pastor, Writer, + more
    • Credits: Friends of God: A Road Trip with Alexandra Pelosi, Just Laugh
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    Harold Egbert Camping was an American Christian radio broadcaster, author and evangelist. Beginning in 1958, he served as president of Family Radio, a California-based radio station group that broadcasts to more than 150 markets in the United States. In October 2011, he retired from active broadcasting ...more

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    • Age: Died at 92 (1921-2013)
    • Birthplace: Colorado, United States of America
    • Profession: Civil engineer, Author, Radio personality, Televangelist, Pastor, + more
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    Bishop T.D. Jakes is a film producer and an actor.more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: South Charleston, USA, West Virginia
    • Profession: Evangelist, Film Producer, Author, Actor, Televangelist, + more
    • Credits: Not Easily Broken, Sparkle, Jumping the Broom, Woman Thou Art Loosed, Winnie, + more
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    Ted Haggard
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    Ted Arthur Haggard is an American evangelical pastor. Known as Pastor Ted to the congregation he served, he was the founder and former pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado; a founder of the Association of Life-Giving Churches; and was leader of the National Association of ...more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Yorktown, Mount Pleasant Township, Indiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Evangelist, Pastor, Preacher
    • Credits: The Root of All Evil?, Friends of God: A Road Trip with Alexandra Pelosi, The Trials of Ted Haggard
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    MC Hammer
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    Stanley Kirk Burrell, known professionally as M.C. Hammer, is an American rapper, dancer, entrepreneur, spokesman and occasional actor. He had his greatest commercial success and popularity from the late 1980s until the late 1990s. Remembered for his rapid rise to fame, Hammer is known for hit records, ...more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Rapper, Entrepreneur, + more
    • Credits: Private Parts, Last Action Hero, The Surreal Life, Hammerman, The Right Connections, + more
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    Franklin Graham
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    Franklin Graham is an actor, author and an evangelist.more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Asheville, North Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Evangelist, Author, Televangelist, Preacher
    • Credits: God's Not Dead, The Ride
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    John Wesley
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    John Wesley was an Anglican divine and theologian who, with his brother Charles Wesley and fellow cleric George Whitefield, is credited with the foundation of the evangelical movement known as Methodism. His work and writings also played a leading role in the development of the Holiness movement and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1703-1791)
    • Birthplace: Epworth, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Priest, Theologian, Preacher
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    Aimee Semple McPherson
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    Aimee Semple McPherson, also known as Sister Aimee, was a Canadian-American Los Angeles–based evangelist and media celebrity in the 1920s and 1930s. She founded the Foursquare Church. McPherson has been noted as a pioneer in the use of modern media, especially radio, and was the second woman to be ...more

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    • Age: Died at 54 (1890-1944)
    • Birthplace: South-West Oxford, Canada
    • Profession: Evangelist, Televangelist, Preacher
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    Ian Richard Kyle Paisley, Baron Bannside, PC was a unionist politician and Protestant religious leader from Northern Ireland. He became a Protestant evangelical minister in 1946 and would remain one for the rest of his life. In 1951 he co-founded the fundamentalist Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1926-2014)
    • Birthplace: Ireland, Europe, Northern Ireland, Eurasia, Ulster, + more
    • Profession: Evangelist, Politician, Writer, Preacher
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    Joyce Meyer is a Charismatic Christian author and speaker. Meyer and her husband Dave have four grown children, and live outside St. Louis, Missouri. Her ministry is headquartered near the St. Louis suburb of Fenton, Missouri.more

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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: USA, St. Louis, Missouri
    • Profession: Businessperson, Author, Televangelist, Writer, Preacher, + more
    • Credits: Joyce Meyer, Battlefield of the Mind
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    Jimmy Swaggart
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    Jimmy Lee Swaggart is an American Pentecostal pastor, teacher, musician, author, and televangelist. He has preached to crowds around the world through his weekly telecast. According to the official website for Jimmy Swaggart Ministries, his 1980s telecast was transmitted to over 3,000 stations and cable ...more

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    • Age: age 80
    • Birthplace: USA, Louisiana, Ferriday
    • Profession: Televangelist, Preacher
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    Dwight L. Moody
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    Dwight Lyman Moody, also known as D.L. Moody, was an American evangelist and publisher, who founded the Moody Church, Northfield School and Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts, the Moody Bible Institute, and Moody Publishers.more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1837-1899)
    • Birthplace: Northfield, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Evangelist, Pastor, Writer, Preacher
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    Abdullah Yusuf Azzam
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    Abdullah Yusuf Azzam a.k.a. Father of Global Jihad was a Palestinian Sunni Islamic scholar and theologian and founding member of al-Qaeda. Azzam preached both defensive jihad and offensive jihad by Muslims to help the Afghan mujahideen against the Soviet invaders. He raised funds, recruited and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 48 (1941-1989)
    • Birthplace: Silat al-Harithiya
    • Profession: Author, Preacher, Philosopher, Teacher
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    Norman Vincent Peale
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    Dr. Norman Vincent Peale was a minister and author and a progenitor of "positive thinking". His ideas were not accepted by mental health experts.more

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    • Age: Died at 95 (1898-1993)
    • Birthplace: Bowersville, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Author, Pastor, Writer, Motivational speaker, Preacher
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    George Whitefield
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    George Whitefield, also known as George Whitfield, was an English Anglican cleric who helped spread the Great Awakening in Britain and, especially, in the American colonies. Born in Gloucester, England, he attended Pembroke College, Oxford University, where he met the Wesley brothers. He was one of the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 56 (1714-1770)
    • Birthplace: Gloucester, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Evangelist, Preacher
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    John Charles Hagee is an American founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, a megachurch with more than 20,000 active members. Hagee is also the chief executive officer of his non-profit corporation, Global Evangelism Television. Hagee is the President and CEO of John Hagee ...more

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    • Age: age 75
    • Birthplace: Baytown, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Actor, Televangelist, Pastor, Preacher
    • Credits: Vanished, Jerusalem Countdown
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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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