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List of famous missionaries, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top missionaries in the world? This includes the most prominent missionaries, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable missionaries is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic missionaries were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned missionaries.

This list is made up of a variety of people, including Paula White and Steve Munsey. Featuring great Christian missionaries, women missionaries, modern day missionaries, and more, this list has it all. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known missionaries to the lesser known missionaries of today, these are some of the best professionals in the missionary field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous missionaries ever?" and "What are the names of famous missionaries" then you're in the right place.  

Paul the Apostle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Paul the Apostle, originally known as Saul of Tarsus, was an apostle who taught the gospel of Christ to the first-century world. He is generally considered one of the most important figures of ...more

David Livingstone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
David Livingstone was a Scottish Congregationalist pioneer medical missionary with the London Missionary Society and an explorer in Africa. His meeting with H. M. Stanley on 10 November 1871 ...more

Marilyn Hickey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Marilyn Hickey is an American Christian minister and televangelist who teaches Bible studies both nationally and internationally.

Paula White is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Paula Michelle White is an international Christian evangelist and teacher, TV personality, author and philanthropist. She is the Senior Pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida, ...more

Carlo Spinola is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Italian Jesuit architect who stopped in Macau foe about two years 1600-1602, and designed the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Macau,completed in 1627.

Grant Wilson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Grant Steven Wilson is an American plumber and the co-founder of The Atlantic Paranormal Society, which is based in Warwick, Rhode Island. He is also the star and co-producer of SyFy's cable ...more

Jonathan Edwards is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Jonathan Edwards was a Protestant preacher, philosopher, and theologian. Edwards "is widely acknowledged to be America's most important and original philosophical theologian," and one ...more

Natalie Bolton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Natalie Bolton is a former contestant on the reality television show Survivor: Micronesia.

Morris Cerullo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Morris Cerullo is an American pentecostal televangelist.

Frank Laubach is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Frank Charles Laubach, from Benton, PA was a Congregational Christian missionary educated at Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University, and a mystic known as "The Apostle to the ...more

Steve Munsey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Steve K. Munsey is the pastor of the Family Christian Center in Munster, Indiana. He is frequently seen on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, DayStar, and local stations throughout the United

Tim Kaine is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Timothy Michael "Tim" Kaine is an American politician currently serving as the junior United States Senator from Virginia. A member of the Democratic Party, Kaine was first elected to ...more

Eric Liddell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Eric Henry Liddell was a Scottish athlete, rugby union international player, and missionary, who was forced to choose between his religious beliefs and competing in an Olympic race. After ...more

Matteo Ricci is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Matteo Ricci, S.J., was an Italian Jesuit priest and one of the founding figures of the Jesuit China missions. His 1602 map of the world in Chinese characters introduced the findings of European ...more

David Brainerd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
David Brainerd was an American missionary to the Native Americans who had a particularly fruitful ministry among the Delaware Indians of New Jersey. During his short life he was beset by many ...more

Roland Allen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Roland Allen Roland Allen was an English missionary.

Frederick Howard Taylor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Frederick Howard Taylor Frederick Howard Taylor a.k.a. F. Howard Taylor, was a British pioneer Protestant Christian missionary to China, author, speaker and second son of James Hudson Taylor, founder of the China ...more

Jim Whittington is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Reverend James "Jim" Whittington is an American televangelist ordained minister, preacher missionary and faith healer. Whittington has been in the ministry for 51 years. His father, ...more

Russell R. Standish is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Russell R. Standish

Katharine Bushnell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Katharine Bushnell was a medical doctor, Christian writer, medical missionary to China, Bible scholar, and social activist. Of particular interest to her was the status of women in the Bible, ...more

Adolph John Paschang is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Bishop Adolph John Paschang was an American Maryknoll Catholic bishop, missionary, relief worker and educator working in southern part of China in the early 20th century.

Elisabeth Elliot is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Elisabeth Elliot is a Christian author and speaker. Her first husband, Jim Elliot, was killed in 1956 while attempting to make missionary contact with the Auca of eastern Ecuador. She later ...more

Annie Lobert is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Annie Lobert is an American former call girl and sex industry worker, who founded the international Christian ministry Hookers for Jesus. In 2010, she produced and starred in a three-part ...more

Ahmed Deedat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Ahmed Hoosen Deedat was a South African writer and public speaker of Indian descent. He was best known as a Muslim missionary who held numerous inter-religious public debates with evangelical ...more

Isobel Miller Kuhn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Isobel Selina Miller Kuhn, born Isobel Selina Miller, aka, "Belle", was a Canadian Christian missionary to the Lisu people of Yunnan Province, China, and northern Thailand. She served ...more

James Legge is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
James Legge was a noted Scottish sinologist, a Scottish Congregationalist, representative of the London Missionary Society in Malacca and Hong Kong, and first Professor of Chinese at Oxford ...more

David Zeisberger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
David Zeisberger was a Moravian clergyman and missionary among the Native Americans in the Thirteen Colonies. He established communities of Munsee converts in the valley of the Muskingum River ...more

John Tennant is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
John Tennant was a missionary, teacher, civil servant and a mountaineer.

Margaret Dryburgh is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Margaret Dryburgh was born in Sunderland, England and trained as a teacher. She later became a missionary in Singapore, where she was captured in the Second World War. The plight of Dryburgh and ...more

Aril Edvardsen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Aril Snorre Edvardsen was a Norwegian evangelical preacher and missionary. In his youth Edvardsen was active in local politics for the Workers' Youth League, the youth wing of the Norwegian ...more

James Anthony Walsh is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
James Anthony Walsh was the co-founder of Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers.

Thomas Frederick Price is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Thomas Frederick Price was the American co-founder of the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America, better known as the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers.

James Edward Walsh is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
James Edward Walsh was an American Roman Catholic priest and a bishop in China. He was a member of the Maryknoll order, and a missionary in China.

Louis Hennepin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Father Louis Hennepin, O.F.M. baptized Antoine, was a Catholic priest and missionary of the Franciscan Recollect order and an explorer of the interior of North America. Hennepin was born in Ath ...more

John G. Kerr is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
John Glasgow Kerr was a physician and Presbyterian missionary to China with the American Presbyterian Mission. Born in Duncansville, Ohio, Kerr graduated from Jefferson Medical College in ...more

Giuseppe Castiglione is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Giuseppe Castiglione, S.J., was an Italian Jesuit lay brother who served as a missionary in China, where he became a painter at the court of the emperor.

Joseph Edkins is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Joseph Edkins was a British Protestant missionary who spent 57 years in China, 30 of them in Beijing. As a Sinologue, he specialised in Chinese religions. He was also a linguist, a translator, ...more

Jason F. Wright is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Jason F. Wright is an American author and speaker.

Roger Youderian is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Roger Youderian was an Armenian-American evangelical Christian missionary to Ecuador who, along with four others, was killed while attempting to evangelize the Auca people through efforts known ...more

Edward Leo Krumpelmann is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Father Edward Leo Krumpelmann was an American Maryknoll Catholic priest, missionary, relief worker, medical aid worker and educator working in Kongmoon, Guangdong Province, China and Hong Kong ...more

Vladimir is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Vladimir, baptismal name: Vasily Nikiforovich Bogoyavlensky, was a bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church. He was appointed the position of Metropolitan of Moscow and Kolomna between 1898–1912, ...more

Nate Saint is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Nathanael "Nate" Saint was an evangelical Christian missionary pilot to Ecuador who, along with four others, was killed while attempting to evangelize the Huaorani people through ...more

Peter Böhler is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Petrus Böhler or Peter Boehler was a German-born Moravian missionary and bishop who was influential in the Moravian Church in the Americas and England during the eighteenth century. ...more

Patricia St. John is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Patricia St. John Patricia Mary St. John was an English writer. She worked most of her life as a Protestant missionary nurse in Morocco. Although at first she worked with her brother in the main foreign hospital, ...more

Mark Rutland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Mark Rutland is a missionary, evangelist, ordained minister of the International Ministerial Fellowship, and president of Global Servants. He was the third President of Oral Roberts University ...more

Kees Boeke is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Cornelis Boeke, usually known as Kees Boeke, was a Dutch reformist educator, Quaker missionary and pacifist. He is best known for his popular essay/book Cosmic View which presents a seminal view ...more

Minnie Vautrin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Wilhelmina Vautrin was an American missionary known for the care and protection of many refugees during the Nanking Massacre in China.

Geraldine Taylor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Mary Geraldine Guinness, often known as Mrs. Howard Taylor, was a British Protestant Christian missionary to China, and author of many missionary biographies on the history of the China Inland ...more

Marshall Broomhall is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Marshall B. Broomhall, was a British Protestant Christian missionary to China with the China Inland Mission. He also authored many books on the subject of Chinese missionary work. He was the ...more

Ed McCully is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Missionaries
Theophilus "Ed" McCully was an evangelical Christian missionary to Ecuador who, along with four other missionaries, was killed while attempting to evangelize the Auca people, through ...more