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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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
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 & Video