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Famous People You Didn't Know Were Evangelical Christians

Updated June 14, 2019 23.2k views17 items

Faith is one of the most important aspects of life for evangelical Christians. Maybe it's that focus on tradition and salvation that draws so many celebs to adopt the religion themselves. And those famous people come from every sphere of entertainment – some famous evangelicals are actors or singers, while other celebrity members of the evangelical church are athletes. Many famous evangelical Christians have dedicated their lives to politics.

Who will you find on this list of famous people you didn't know were evangelical Christians? Sarah Palin was raised in the evangelical church, and she was a longtime member of the Wasilla Assembly of God. Michele Bachmann is also an evangelical Christian. She even helped then-candidate Donald Trump on issues important to evangelicals during the 2016 election campaign.

Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron has spent the bulk of his adult life spreading his faith. "I want to say to people loud and clear: there has never been a more exciting time in America to be a Christian, to be a person of deep faith in God," he said in 2016. Other famous evangelicals include Jordin Sparks, Stephen Baldwin, and Mike Pence.

Are you surprised that so many celebrities are evangelical Christians? Take a look at this list and share your thoughts in the comments section.

  • Mike Pence is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People You Didn't Know Were Evangelical Christians
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    Vice President Mike Pence has referred to himself as an "evangelical Catholic," as well as "a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order."

    • Age: 61
    • Birthplace: Columbus, Indiana, USA

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  • Kathie Lee Gifford is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People You Didn't Know Were Evangelical Christians
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    Kathie Lee Gifford credits Billy Graham, who she watched on television and film as a child, with helping her become an evangelical Christian. "The words God spoke to me 50 years ago are just as true today, and for every moment I have left, I will trust him to work his beautiful plan for me," she said.

    • Age: 67
    • Birthplace: Paris, France

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  • Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People You Didn't Know Were Evangelical Christians
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    Jeremy Lin has been an evangelical Christian for his entire life. He said, "When you’re called to be a Christian, you’re automatically called to be different from everyone else. In today’s world of basketball, it makes you really different, because the things that society values aren't necessarily in line with what God values... We should be humble, and understand that everything that is good comes from God."

    • Age: 32
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

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  • From childhood until 2002, politician Sarah Palin attended the Wasilla Assembly of God, a church described as "very evangelical" by locals.

    • Age: 56
    • Birthplace: Sandpoint, Idaho, USA

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