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Famous People You Didn't Know Were Mennonite 

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Updated April 17, 2018 5k views 13 items

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. 

For the names of more high profile Mennonites, scroll down and read this list. 

John Denver is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People You Didn't Know Were Mennonite
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John Denver's grandparents attended Corn Mennonite Brethren Church in Oklahoma.


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Matt Groening is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People You Didn't Know Were Mennonite
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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

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Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People You Didn't Know Were Mennonite
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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

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JC Chasez is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People You Didn't Know Were Mennonite
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JC Chasez referenced being Mennonite in an interview with Larry King.


Profession: Record producer, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Actor, Entertainer, + more

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