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Abernathy, Ralph Ralph Abernathy (1926-1990) was an important figure in the civil rights movement. He facilitated the Montgomery bus boycott and worked with Martin Luther King, Jr.
Backus, Isaac Isaac Backus (1724-1806) was one of the fathers of the Baptist tradition in America and an ardent proponent of religious liberty.
Birch, John Morrison John Birch (1918-1945) was a fundamental Baptist missionary, whose name became synonymous with Christian nationalism.
Burroughs, Nannie Helen Nannie Helen Burroughs was an educator, missionary leader, writer and pioneer for the rights of African Americans, especially Black women.
Campolo, Anthony "Tony" Tony Campolo (1935) is a prominent intellectual for the New Christian Left. His evangelical agencies fight poverty, protect the environment, and help treat AIDS.
Criswell, W. A. W.A. Criswell (1909-2002) was a famous Baptist pastor who expanded First Baptist into one of the largest American churches.
Falwell, Jerry Jerry Falwell (1933-2007) was an evangelical pastor who aired the popular program "The Old-Time Gospel Hour" and helped found the Moral Majority.
Fosdick, Harry Emerson Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969), prominent New York City minister and theological liberal. Famous for criticizing fundamentalists in his sermon entitled "Shall the Fundamentalists Win?"
Fuller, Charles Edward Charles Fuller (1887-1968) was a prominent evangelist on the popular evangelical radio show "The Old Fashioned Revival Hour" and founded Fuller Theological Seminary.
Graham, William "Billy" Billy Graham (1918-2018) was the preeminent evangelist of the second half of the 20th century, preaching to millions in the United States and abroad.
Jackson, Jesse Jesse Jackson (1941-present) is a Baptist minister, civil rights advocate, and politician, whose career continues to earn both praise and criticism.
Judson, Adoniram Adoniram Judson (1788-1850) was one of the first American missionaries to travel to Burma, inspiring other Protestants to engage in overseas missionary work.
King, Martin Luther Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) was an African-American Baptist minister and civil rights leader who combined Gandhi’s nonviolent philosophy and Christian love to fight racism.
LaHaye, Timothy "Tim" Tim LaHaye (1926-present) is a famous evangelical pastor/author, known for co-authoring the Left Behind series and authoring one of the first evangelical sex manuals.
Leland, John John Leland (1754-1841) was a prominent evangelical pastor who defended religious liberty and aided in the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
Liele, George George Liele (1750-1828) was the first black Baptist convert in Georgia and founded the first black Baptist church in America at Silver Bluff, South Carolina.
Mathews, Shailer Shailer Mathews (1863-1941) was a modernist theologian and advocate for the Social Gospel movement.
Mohler, Albert "Al" Al Mohler (1959-present) is the president and an alumnus of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, the flagship seminary for the Southern Baptist Convention.
Moon, Charlotte "Lottie" Charlotte "Lottie" Moon (1840-1912) was a Southern Baptist missionary known for her evangelistic work in China.
Norris, John Frank John Frank Norris (1877-1952) was a controversial Baptist pastor, famous for preaching against modernist interpretations of the Bible.
Piper, John John Piper (1946-present) is a well-known evangelical pastor and author. He facilitated the resurgence of Reformed theology in conservative evangelicalism in America.
Randall, Benjamin Benjamin Randall (1749-1808) founded the “Randall” line of the Freewill Baptist church, believing in free grace instead of the Calvinist view on election.
Rauschenbusch, Walter Walter Rauschenbusch (1861-1918) was the main founding theologian of the Social Gospel.
Riley, William Bell William Bell Riley (1861-1947) was a fundamentalist pastor who formed the World's Christian Fundamentals Association, fought teachings of evolution, and founded the Northwestern Bible School.
Robertson, Marion "Pat" Pat Robertson (1930-2023) became a prominent media and political figure in the New Christian Right during the 1980s and '90s.
Sharpton, Alfred "Al" Alfred “Al” Sharpton (1954-present) is a Baptist minister, civil rights leader, media figure, and politician, who draws public attention to racial issues in America.
Shuttlesworth, Fred Fred Shuttlesworth (1922-2011) was known as the "most abused and arrested minister in the nation" during the civil rights era.
Truett, George Washington George Washington Truett (1867-1944) was a Southern Baptist pastor who was famous for his 1920 sermon entitled "Baptists and Religious Liberty."
Warren, Rick Rick Warren (1954-present) is a popular evangelical pastor known for his California megachurch and his bestselling book entitled The Purpose Driven Life (2002)
Williams, Roger Roger Williams (1603-1683) was a theologian, advocate for the separation of civil and church authority, and founder of Rhode Island.

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