While many left the church later in life, it is very common for celebrities raised Mennonite to reference their past in their work. Religion is a major part of culture, regardless of whether you're a believer, and it's natural to reflect on the topic if you had a strict religious upbringing. Many actors, singers, and other celebs with ties to the Mennonite church explore Christian themes frequently. Matt Groening, for example, has ties to the strict Protestant sect, so Simpsons religious jokes are common. However, not all famous people who are Mennonite left the church entirely. A few notable believers remain avid members, such as celebrity chef Graham Kerr and many renown athletes.
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John Denver's grandparents attended Corn Mennonite Brethren Church in Oklahoma.
Profession: Pilot, Record producer, Poet, Guitarist, Songwriter, + more
Credits: Final Destination, Catch Me If You Can, The Guard, Armageddon
#95 on The Best Singers of All Timesee more on John Denver
Matt Groening is a descendant of Mennonites. He has often referenced Mennonites in his TV show, The Simpsons.
Profession: Television producer, Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cartoonist, + more
Credits: The Simpsons, The Simpsons Movie, Futurama, Futurama: Bender's Big Score
#14 on The Best Things from Oregonsee more on Matt Groening
Dwight D. Eisenhower's mother raised him in the Mennonite faith.
Profession: Politician, Soldier
Credits: The True Glory, Universal Newsreel, Nazi Concentration Camps, Crusade in Europe
#10 on The Most Beloved US Veteranssee more on Dwight D. Eisenhower
JC Chasez referenced being Mennonite in an interview with Larry King.
Profession: Record producer, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Actor, Entertainer, + more
Credits: N Sync: PopOdyssey Live, 'N Sync in Concert, Gloria Estefan's Caribbean Soul: The Atlantis Concert, Céline Dion: All the Way... A Decade of Song & Videosee more on JC Chasez