A LIST OF FAMOUS CHRISTIANS IN HISTORY
By Tim Lambert
Famous Christians in the Early Church
C 35 AD Saul is converted and changes his name to Paul
125-202 Irenaeus Bishop of Lyons and a famous Christian writer lives
c.150-c.215 Clement of Alexandria the theologian lives
c. 69-c.155 Polycarp the famous martyr lives
c. 160-220 Tertullian the great Christian writer lives
165 Justin Martyr the Christian apologist is martyred
c. 185-254 The great theologian Origen lives
200-258 Cyprian a theologian and bishop of Carthage in North Africa lives
202 Perpetua, a wealthy and educated woman is martyred
296-373 Athanasius the great theologian lives
304 St Alban the first British Christian martyr is executed
c. 340-420 The Christian writer Jerome lives
354-430 Augustine of Hippo the great theologian lives. His writings have a great influence on the Church in the Middle Ages
c. 390-460 Patrick the missionary to Ireland lives
Famous Christians in the Middle Ages
480-540 Benedict lives. He founded the first monastery in western Europe at Monte Cassino, Italy.
521-597 Columba was a missionary to Scotland
597 Augustine lands in Kent and begins the work of converting the Anglo-Saxons of southern England to Christianity
614-680 Hilda of Whitby lives
c. 675-754 Boniface, an Englishman lives. He is a missionary to the Germans
1033-1109 Anslem the theologian lives
1098-1179 Hildegard the female theologian lives
1175 Peter Waldo, a merchant of Lyons gives his wealth to the poor and begins preaching. His followers are called Waldensians. The Waldensian movement spreads to Italy, Germany, Austria and Poland despite persecution by the Catholic Church.
1182-1226 Francis of Assisi lives. In 1210 he founds the Franciscan friars. (Friars were like monks but instead of withdrawing from the world they went out to preach).
1220 Dominic de Guzman founds the Dominican friars
1225-1275 Thomas Aquinas the famous theologian lives
1329-1384 John Wycliffe the great English reformer lives. His followers are called Lollards.
1342-1416 Julian of Norwich lives.
1415 Jan Hus the Czech reformer is martyred but his followers continue his teachings. In 1420 a crusade is launched against the Hussites but it fails.
1452-1498 The Italian reformer Girolamo Savonarola lives. He is martyred for his efforts.
1457 The Moravians are founded
Famous Christians in the 16th and 17th Centuries
1483-1546 Martin Luther the great reformer lives
1484-1531 Huldreich Zwingli the Swiss reformer lives
1489-1556 Thomas Cranmer the English martyr lives
1494-1536 William Tyndale the Bible translator and martyr lives
1497-1560 Philip Melanchthon the great reformer lives
1521-1546 Anne Askew lives. She was an English Protestant martyr
1509-1564 John Calvin the great reformer lives
1510-1572 John Knox the great Scottish reformer lives
1612-1672 Anne Bradstreet the Christian poet lives
1624-91 George Fox founder of the Society of Friends (Quakers) lives
1628-88 John Bunyan the Christian writer lives
Famous Christians in the 18th Century
1700-60 Count von Zinzendorf the Moravian lives
1703-91 John Wesley the founder of the Methodists lives
1703-58 Jonathan Edwards the American preacher lives
1714-70 George Whitefield the preacher lives
1715-1760 Anna Nitschmann, a leader of the German Moravian Movement lives
1714-73 Howell Harris the Welsh revivalist lives
1745-1833 Hannah More the Christian writer lives
1755-1831 Hannah Adams the Christian writer lives
1759-1833 William Wilberforce who campaigned against the slave trade lives
1761-1834 William Carey the evangelist to India lives
Famous Christians in the 19th Century
1806-91 Samuel Crowther the African evangelist lives
1807 The missionary Robert Morrison sails to China. Afterwards Christianity spreads in China.
1807-1874 Phoebe Palmer the evangelist lives
1813-73 David Livingstone the explorer and missionary lives
1820-1915 Fanny Crosby the hymn writer lives
Catherine Booth 1829-1890
Catherine Booth was a preacher. She married William Booth in 1855. Catherine and William founded the Salvation Army in 1865.
1832-1905 The missionary Hudson Taylor lives
1834-1892 C. H. Spurgeon the preacher lives
1837-1899 D. L. Moody the American evangelist lives
1844-1924 Maria Woodworth-Etter the evangelist lives
Famous Christians in the 20th Century
Evangeline Booth 1865-1950
From 1904 Evangeline was leader of the Salvation Army in the USA. From 1934-39 she was Commander in Chief of the Salvation Army worldwide.
Agnes Ozman 1870-1937 She was a Pentecostal evangelist
1890-1944 Aimee Semple McPherson the great evangelist lives
1898-1963 C S Lewis the Christian writer lives
1918-2018 Billy Graham lives
1929-1968 Martin Luther King lives
Famous Christian women
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