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List of Famous Evangelists

Updated June 14, 2019 816.1k views92 items

This list of famous evangelists and preachers includes photos, bios, and other information, when available. Who are the top evangelists in the world? This includes the most prominent evangelists, living and dead, both from America and abroad. For famous children of pastors, we have a list for that too. This list of notable evangelists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted based on the information you're looking for, such as where these great evangelists were born and what their nationality is. The popular evangelists, famous evangelist preachers, and televangelists on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned in the world of evangelism.

There are many American evangelists listed here (such as Billy Graham and Kirk Cameron) as well as radio evangelists, 7 Day evangelical preachers, television evangelists, and more than one famous Christian evangelist.

From reputable, prominent, and well known evangelists to the lesser known preachers of today who you might see on TV, these are some of the best of the best Christians in the evangelist field. Who are the most famous evangelists ever? What are the evangelists names you should know? Peruse the list below to find out!

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    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

    Joel Scott Osteen (born March 5, 1963) is an American pastor, televangelist, and author, based in Houston, Texas. Osteen's televised sermons are seen by over 7 million viewers weekly and over 20...  more

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  • 2

    BirthplacePanorama City, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    Kirk Thomas Cameron (born October 12, 1970) is an American actor. He is known for his role as Mike Seaver on the ABC sitcom Growing Pains (1985–1992), a role for which he was nominated for two Golden...  more

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  • 3
    Age: 102

    BirthplaceCharlotte, North Carolina, United States of America

    William Franklin Graham Jr. (November 7, 1918 – February 21, 2018) was an American evangelist, a prominent evangelical Christian figure, and an ordained Southern Baptist minister who became...  more

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    BirthplaceSouth Charleston, West Virginia, USA

    Thomas Dexter Jakes Sr. (born June 9, 1957), known as T. D. Jakes, is a pastor, author and filmmaker. He is the pastor of The Potter's House, a non-denominational American megachurch. Jakes's church...  more
  • 5

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    Nicholas James Vujicic ( VOY-chitch; born 4 December 1982) is an Australian Christian evangelist and motivational speaker born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder (called phocomelia)...  more
  • 6

    BirthplaceYorktown, Mount Pleasant Township, Indiana, United States of America

    Ted Arthur Haggard (; born June 27, 1956) is an American evangelical pastor. Haggard is the founder and former pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado and is a founder of the...  more

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    BirthplaceAsheville, North Carolina, United States of America

    William Franklin Graham III (born July 14, 1952) is a Christian evangelist and missionary, and political pundit. Graham frequently engages in Christian revival tours and political commentary. He is...  more
  • 8
    Dec. at 53 (1890-1944)

    BirthplaceCanada, Oxford County, South-West Oxford, Ontario, Americas

    Aimee Elizabeth Semple McPherson (née Kennedy; October 9, 1890 – September 27, 1944), also known as Sister Aimee or simply Sister, was a Canadian-American Pentecostal evangelist and media celebrity...  more
  • 9

    BirthplaceChristchurch, New Zealand

    Ray Comfort (born 5 December 1949) is a New Zealand-born Christian minister and evangelist who lives in the United States. Comfort started Living Waters Publications, as well as the ministry The Way...  more
  • 10

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California

    Richard Duane Warren (born January 28, 1954) is an American evangelical Christian pastor and author. He is the founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church, an evangelical megachurch affiliated...  more

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    Dec. at 88 (1926-2014)

    BirthplaceArmagh, United Kingdom

    Ian Richard Kyle Paisley, Baron Bannside (6 April 1926 – 12 September 2014), was a loyalist politician and Protestant religious leader from Northern Ireland. He became a Protestant evangelical...  more
  • 12
    Dec. at 72 (1862-1935)

    BirthplaceAmes, Iowa

    William Ashley Sunday (November 19, 1862 – November 6, 1935) was an American athlete who, after being a popular outfielder in baseball's National League during the 1880s, became the most celebrated...  more
  • 13
    Kent E. Hovind (born January 15, 1953) is an American Christian fundamentalist evangelist and tax protester. He is a controversial figure in the Young Earth creationist movement whose ministry...  more
  • 14
    Dec. at 62 (1837-1899)

    BirthplaceNorthfield, Massachusetts

    Dwight Lyman Moody (February 5, 1837 – December 22, 1899), also known as D. L. Moody, was an American evangelist and publisher connected with the Holiness Movement, who founded the Moody Church,...  more
  • 15

    BirthplaceCollege Park, Georgia

    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
  • 16
    Dec. at 55 (1714-1770)

    BirthplaceGloucester, United Kingdom

    George Whitefield (; 27 December [O.S. 16 December] 1714 – 30 September 1770), also spelled Whitfield, was an English Anglican cleric and evangelist who was one of the founders of Methodism and the...  more
  • 17
    Dec. at 91 (1918-2009)

    BirthplaceAda, Oklahoma

    Granville Oral Roberts (January 24, 1918 – December 15, 2009) was an American Charismatic Christian televangelist, ordained in both the Pentecostal Holiness and United Methodist churches. He is...  more
  • 18

    BirthplaceGreenville, Mississippi

    Arthur Owen Blessitt (born October 27, 1940 in Greenville, Mississippi) is a traveling Christian preacher who is known for carrying a cross through every nation of the world....  more
  • 19
    Dec. at 79 (1934-2013)

    BirthplaceSaint Joseph, Missouri

    Paul Franklin Crouch (March 30, 1934 – November 30, 2013) was an American television evangelist. Crouch and his wife, Jan, founded the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) in 1973....  more
  • 20
    Dec. at 43 (1949-1993)

    BirthplaceCosta Mesa, California

    Lonnie Ray Frisbee (June 6, 1949 – March 12, 1993) was an American Charismatic evangelist and self-described "seeing prophet" in the late 1960s and 1970s. He maintained a hippie appearance and...  more
  • 21
    Age: 86

    BirthplaceArgentina

    Luis Palau Jr. (born November 27, 1934) is an international Christian evangelist living in the Portland area in Oregon, United States. He was born in Argentina and moved to Portland in his...  more
  • 22
    Dec. at 65 (1942-2007)

    BirthplaceInternational Falls, Minnesota, United States of America

    Tamara Faye Messner (née LaValley, formerly Bakker; March 7, 1942 – July 20, 2007) was an American Christian singer, evangelist, entrepreneur, author, talk show host, and television personality. She...  more

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  • 23
    Dec. at 84 (1883-1968)
    Robert Reynolds Jones Sr. (October 30, 1883 – January 16, 1968) was an American evangelist, pioneer religious broadcaster, and the founder and first president of Bob Jones University....  more
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    Dec. at 84 (1877-1961)

    BirthplaceKentucky

    Mordecai Fowler Ham, Jr. (April 2, 1877 – November 1, 1961), was an American Independent Baptist evangelist and temperance movement leader. He entered the ministry in 1901 and in 1936 began a radio...  more
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    BirthplaceKönigsberg, Germany

    Reinhard Bonnke (born April 19, 1940) is a German Pentecostal evangelist, principally known for his gospel missions throughout Africa. Bonnke has been an evangelist and missionary in Africa since...  more