Christian Famous Televangelists  

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List of famous televangelists (also known as "TV evangelists"), with photos where possible. Televangelism is the religious practice in which a Christian Minister largely utilizes television broadcasting to spread his gospel. A televangelist can have his own congregation and church (sometimes large enough to be referred to as a "megachurch"), or he can work solely through television. Television preachers and ministers actually have their roots in radio, later spreading to TV as the technology became available. Featuring black preachers, televangelists who recently died, and more, this list has them all. 

Who are the most famous televangelists? Popular televangelists have faced great criticism, especially if they act as faith-healers. They have also been accused of greed. This becomes obvious when one compares a televangelist's often opulent lifestyle, especially when compared to traditional men of the cloth: the kind not found on this TV evangelist list.

A. A. Allen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Televangelists
Dec. at 59 (1911-1970) Asa Alonso Allen, better known as A. A. Allen, was an evangelist with a Pentecostal healing and deliverance ministry. He was, for a time, associated with the "Voice of Healing" ...more

Mother Angelica is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Televangelists
Died at 92 (1923-2016) Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, PCPA (born Rita Antoinette Rizzo; April 20, 1923 – March 27, 2016), also known as Mother Angelica, was a Catholic American Poor Clare nun best known for ...more

Ernest Angley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Televangelists
age 96 Ernest Angley is an American Christian evangelist, author, and television station owner based in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

John Ankerberg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Televangelists
age 72 John Ankerberg is an American Christian evangelist and TV presenter. He is an ordained Baptist minister and has written 91 books focusing on religious subjects. He is the producer and host of ...more

Garner Ted Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Televangelists
Dec. at 73 (1930-2003) Garner Ted Armstrong was an American evangelist and the son of Herbert W. Armstrong, founder of the Worldwide Church of God, at the time a Sabbatarian organization that taught observance of ...more

Herbert W. Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Televangelists
Dec. at 94 (1892-1986) Herbert W. Armstrong founded the Radio Church of God which was incorporated 21 October 1933 and was renamed Worldwide Church of God 1 June 1968, as well as starting Ambassador College 8 October ...more

John Avanzini is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Televangelists
age 82 Dr. John Avanzini is an American televangelist and "Word of Faith" Bible teacher who preaches a message of financial prosperity. Avanzini who was raised in Lake Jackson, Texas, has his ...more

Jim Bakker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Televangelists
age 78 James Orsen "Jim" Bakker is an American televangelist, a former Assemblies of God minister and a former host of The PTL Club, a popular evangelical Christian television program. A sex ...more

Tammy Faye Bakker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Televangelists
Tammy Faye Bakker

Doug Batchelor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Televangelists
age 61 Doug Batchelor is an evangelist and the author of several books including The Richest Caveman, the story of his early life and conversion to Christianity. His primary ministry is Amazing Facts - ...more

Juanita Bynum is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Televangelists
age 59 Juanita Bynum is an American Pentecostal televangelist, author, actress and gospel singer.

Harold Camping is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Televangelists
Dec. at 92 (1921-2013) 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 ...more

Morris Cerullo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Televangelists
age 86 Morris Cerullo is an American pentecostal televangelist.

Todd Coontz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Televangelists
Todd Coontz

Kenneth Copeland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Televangelists
age 81 Kenneth Copeland is one of the leaders of the Charismatic Movement and is an American author, musician, public speaker, and televangelist. While Copeland has been strongly identified with ...more

John Corapi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Televangelists
John Corapi

Charles Coughlin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Televangelists
Dec. at 88 (1891-1979) Charles Edward Coughlin, commonly known as Father Coughlin, was a controversial Roman Catholic priest based near Detroit at Royal Oak, Michigan's National Shrine of the Little Flower church. He ...more

Paul Crouch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Televangelists
Dec. at 79 (1934-2013) Paul Franklin Crouch was an American Christian broadcaster. Crouch, along with his wife Jan, and televangelist Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Bakker, founded the Trinity Broadcasting Network in

Billy Joe Daugherty is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Televangelists
Dec. at 57 (1952-2009) Billy Joe Daugherty was founder and pastor of Victory Christian Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was also the founder of Victory Christian School, Victory Bible Institute and Victory World Missions ...more

Creflo A. Dollar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Televangelists
age 56 Creflo Augustus Dollar, Jr. is an American televangelist, pastor, and the founder of the non-denominational World Changers Church International based in Fulton County, Georgia, Creflo Dollar ...more

Richard Dortch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Televangelists
Dec. at 80 (1931-2011) Richard W. Dortch was an Assemblies of God District Superintendent for Illinois and an Assemblies of God Executive Presbyter. Born in Granite City, Illinois, Dortch served as a pastor early in ...more

Jesse Duplantis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Televangelists
age 68 Jesse Duplantis is an Evangelical Charismatic Christian minister based in New Orleans, Louisiana, US, and the founder of Jesse Duplantis Ministries.

D. L. Dykes, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Televangelists
D. L. Dykes, Jr.

Jerry Falwell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Televangelists
Dec. at 74 (1933-2007) Jerry Lamon Falwell, Sr. was an American evangelical Southern Baptist pastor, televangelist, and a conservative political commentator. He was the founding pastor of the Thomas Road Baptist ...more

Robert J. Fox is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Televangelists
Dec. at 81 (1928-2009) Robert J. Fox was an American priest of the Roman Catholic faith. He was a prolific author of religious books, and appeared on many Roman Catholic television programs and conferences. Fox also ...more

Charles E. Fuller is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Televangelists
Dec. at 81 (1887-1968) Charles Edward Fuller was an American Christian clergyman and a radio evangelist. Charles Fuller was born in Los Angeles, California. After graduating from Pomona College in 1910, he worked in ...more

Billy Graham is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Televangelists
age 99 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 ...more

Franklin Graham is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Televangelists
age 65 Franklin Graham is an actor, author and an evangelist.

Robert Grant is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Televangelists
Dec. at 59 (1779-1838) Sir Robert Grant GCH was a British lawyer and politician.

W. V. Grant is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Televangelists
age 72 Walter Vinson Grant, Jr., who goes by W. V. Grant, is an American televangelist whose ministry has been based in the Dallas, Texas, area.

Melvin Gonzaga is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Televangelists
Melvin Gonzaga

John Hagee is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Televangelists
age 77 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 ...more

Kenneth E. Hagin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Televangelists
Dec. at 86 (1917-2003) Kenneth Erwin Hagin was an influential American Pentecostal preacher. He is often referred to as the "father" of the "Word of Faith" movement. Many of his followers often ...more

Billy James Hargis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Televangelists
Dec. at 79 (1925-2004) Billy James Hargis was an American Christian evangelist. At the height of his popularity in the 1950s and 1960s, his Christian Crusade ministry was broadcast on more than 500 radio stations and ...more

Marilyn Hickey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Televangelists
age 86 Marilyn Hickey is an American Christian minister and televangelist who teaches Bible studies both nationally and internationally.

Benny Hinn is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Televangelists
age 65 Toufik Benedictus "Benny" Hinn is a televangelist, best known for his regular "Miracle Crusades"—revival meeting or faith healing summits that are usually held in stadiums in ...more

Brian Houston is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Televangelists
age 64 Brian Houston is a pastor in the Australian Christian Churches. He is currently the Senior Pastor at Hillsong Church which has locations in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne in Australia, London, ...more

Rex Humbard is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Televangelists
Dec. at 88 (1919-2007) Alpha Rex Emmanuel Humbard was a well-known American television evangelist whose Cathedral of Tomorrow show was aired on over 600 stations at the peak of its popularity.

Reverend Ike is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Televangelists
Dec. at 74 (1935-2009) Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II, better known as Reverend Ike was an American minister and electronic evangelist based in New York City. He was known for the slogan "You can't lose with the ...more

T. D. Jakes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Televangelists
age 60 Bishop T.D. Jakes is a film producer and an actor.

Leroy Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Televangelists
Dec. at 75 (1932-2007) Leroy Jenkins was a composer and avant-garde jazz violinist and violist. Jenkins was involved in the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians while a public school teacher in ...more

David Jeremiah is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Televangelists
age 77 David Paul Jeremiah is a conservative evangelical Christian author, televangelist, and currently the senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church, an evangelical megachurch in El Cajon, ...more

Noel Jones is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Televangelists
Dec. at 55 (1940-1995) Noel Andrew Stephen Jones was an Indian-born British diplomat, British ambassador to Kazakhstan from 1993 to 1995. He was the first British ambassador to have come from an ethnic minority. His ...more

Bill Keller is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Televangelists
age 69 Bill Keller is an American journalist. He is a writer for The New York Times, where he was executive editor from July 2003 until September 2011. He announced on June 2, 2011, that he would step ...more

D. James Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Televangelists
Dec. at 77 (1930-2007) Dennis James Kennedy, better known as D. James Kennedy, was an American pastor, evangelist, and Christian broadcaster. He founded the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, ...more

Ben Kinchlow is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Televangelists
age 81 Benjamim "Ben" Kinchlow is an evangelist best known for being co-host of The 700 Club from 1975 to 1988 and again from 1992 to 1996. He also hosted other shows on the Christian ...more

Kathryn Kuhlman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Televangelists
Dec. at 69 (1907-1976) Kathryn Johanna Kuhlman was an American faith healer and evangelist.

Bob Larson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Televangelists
age 73 Bob Larson is an American radio and television evangelist, and a pastor of Spiritual Freedom Church in Phoenix, Arizona. Larson has authored numerous books on the subjects of rock music and ...more

Zola Levitt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Televangelists
Dec. at 68 (1938-2006) Zola Levitt was a Jewish convert to evangelical Christianity who founded a church, Zola Levitt Ministries, in Dallas, Texas.

Hal Lindsey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Televangelists
age 88 Harold Lee "Hal" Lindsey is an American evangelist and Christian writer. He is a Christian Zionist and dispensationalist author. He currently resides in Texas.