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List of Famous Missionaries

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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.  
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  • Paul the Apostle (Latin: Paulus; Greek: Παῦλος, romanized: Paulos; Coptic: ⲡⲁⲩⲗⲟⲥ; c. 5 – c. 64 or 67), commonly known as Saint Paul and also known by his Jewish name Saul of Tarsus (Hebrew: שאול...  more

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  • 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 gave...  more
  • Marilyn Hickey is an American Christian minister and televangelist who teaches Bible studies both nationally and internationally....  more
  • Paula Michelle White-Cain (née Furr; April 20, 1966), better known as Paula White, is an American non-denominational pastor. Prior to May 2019, she was senior pastor of New Destiny Christian Center,...  more
  • 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....  more
  • Grant Steven Wilson (born July 3, 1974) is an Art Director & Developer for Rather Dashing Games (now a division of Kalmbach Publishing), a game company he founded with Michael Richie, and the...  more
  • 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 of America's...  more
  • Natalie Bolton is a former contestant on the reality television show Survivor: Micronesia....  more
  • Morris Cerullo (born October 2, 1931) is an American pentecostal evangelist. He has traveled extensively around the world for his ministry. He hosts Victory Today, a daily television program, and has...  more
  • Frank Charles Laubach (September 2, 1884 – June 11, 1970), from Benton, PA was a Congregational Christian missionary educated at Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University, and a mystic known...  more
  • Steve K. Munsey is the pastor of the Family Christian Center in Munster, Indiana....  more
  • Timothy Michael Kaine (, born February 26, 1958) is an American lawyer and politician serving as the junior United States Senator from Virginia since 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, he...  more
  • Eric Henry Liddell (; 16 January 1902 – 21 February 1945) was a Scottish Olympic Gold Medalist runner, rugby union international player, and Christian missionary. Liddell was born in China to...  more
  • Matteo Ricci, S.J. (Italian pronunciation: [matˈtɛːo ˈrittʃi]; Latin: Mattheus Riccius Maceratensis; 6 October 1552 – 11 May 1610), was an Italian Jesuit priest and one of the founding figures of...  more

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  • David Brainerd (April 20, 1718 – October 9, 1747) was an American missionary to the Native Americans who had a particularly fruitful ministry among the Delaware Indians of New Jersey. During his...  more
  • Roland Allen

    Roland Allen was an English missionary....  more
  • 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 Inland...  more
  • Reverend Jim Whittington (born February 16, 1941 in Dillon, South Carolina) is an American televangelist ordained minister, preacher missionary and faith healer. Whittington has been in the ministry...  more
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  • Katharine Bushnell (born Sophia Caroline Bushnell in Evanston, Illinois) (February 5, 1855 – January 26, 1946) was a medical doctor, Christian writer, Bible scholar, social activist, and forerunner...  more
  • Bishop Adolph John Paschang (Chinese: 柏增主教, 16 April 1895 – 3 February 1968) was an American Maryknoll Catholic bishop, missionary, relief worker and educator working in the southern part of China in...  more
  • Elisabeth Elliot (née Howard; December 21, 1926 – June 15, 2015) was a Christian author and speaker. Her first husband, Jim Elliot, was killed in 1956 while attempting to make missionary contact with...  more
  • Annie Lobert (born September 26, 1967) 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...  more
  • Ahmed Hoosen Deedat (Gujarati: અહમદ હુસેન દીદત; Urdu: احمد دیدات‎) (11th of november 1918 – 8 August 2005) was a South African writer and public speaker of Indian descent. He was best known as a...  more
  • Isobel Selina Miller Kuhn, born Isobel Selina Miller, aka, "Belle" (December 17, 1901 – March 20, 1957), was a Canadian Christian missionary to the Lisu people of Yunnan Province, China, and northern...  more