List of Baptists

List of Baptists

The following list of Baptists is a catalogue of those who were members of Baptist churches or who were raised in Baptist churches. It is not intended to imply that all those who appear on the list were practicing Baptists or that they remained Baptists their entire lives. As an article of faith, Baptists do not baptize infants, so one with a Baptist background would not automatically have ever been technically a Baptist.


Preachers, theologians, and missionaries

*Abernathy, Ralph, pastor and civil rights activist [W. Michael Kirkland. [ "Ralph Albernathy (1926-1990)"] . (April 27, 2004). "New Georgia Encyclopedia". Retrieved October 2, 2007]
*Armstrong, Annie, missionary organizer, the SBC's Easter mission offering is collected in her honor. [ [ "Annie Walker Armstrong,"] Southern Baptist Historical Library & Archives. Retrieved July 27, 2007 ]
*Birch, John, Missionary to China and ardent anti-communist [> [,9171,872243-1,00.html "Who Was John Birch?"] (April 14, 1961). "Time Magazine"Time. Retrieved October 2, 2007.]
*Burchell, Thomas, missionary to Jamaica [Sultana Alfroz. [ "The Jihad of 1831-1832: The Misunderstood Baptist Rebellion in Jamaica."] [] , September 7, 2006 retrieved on September 20, 2007. ]
*Callaway, Joseph A, pastor and archeologist [Joel Drinkard, Jr. [,,PTID325566%7CCHID717902%7CCIID1986956,00.html "Joseph Callaway"] . Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (undated). Retrieved September 20, 2007]
*Campolo, Tony, pastor and professor of sociology [ [ "Beliefnet Columnist"] (biographical blurb). [] (undated). Retrieved September 20, 2007,]
*Carey, William, missionary to India [George Smith. " [ William Carey: Shoemaker and Missionary] " (online reprint), 1919.]
*Carroll, B(enajah) H(arvey), pastor, theologian, founding president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary [ [ "Benajah Harvey Carroll"] . Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, (undated). Retrieved September 20, 2007. ]
*Carroll, JM, pastor author of "The Trail of Blood" [Clarence Walker. Introduction to " [ Trail of Blood] ", (online edition), 1931. Retrieved September 20, 2007.]
*Chambers, Oswald, British pastor author of "My Utmost for His Highest", born the son of a Baptist pastor, converted to Christianity under C. H. Spurgeon (below) [ [ "131 Christians Everyone Should Know: Oswald Chambers"] , Christian History & Biography. (undated). Retrieved April 9, 2008]
*Cheney, Oren, American abolitionist and founder of Bates College [ [ Oren B. Cheney] .Bates College (undated). Retrieved September 24, 2007.]
*Christian, John T., church historian [Bogard, Ben [ "The Life of John T. Christian, D.D. LL.D."] . The Baptist Homepage. (undated). Retrieved September 28, 2007.]
*Clarke, Dr. John, medical doctor, early proponent of separation of church and state [ [ "Dr. John Clarke"] Newport Notables. Redwood Library and Athenaeum (undated). Retrieved September 28, 2007.]
*Craig, Elija purported inventor of bourbon whiskey [Charles K. Cowdery [ "How Bourbon _Really_ Got Its Name"] . (July 1996). Reprinted by [] (undated). Retrieved September 23, 2007]
*Criswell, W.A., pastor, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, founder of Criswell College [LaTonya Taylor. [ "SBC Leader W. A. Criswell Dies at 92"] . "Christianity Today". January 1, 2002. Retrieved September 21, 2007.]
*Falwell, Jerry, televangelist, founder of the Moral Majority [Peter Applebome. [ "Jerry Falwell, Moral Majority Founder, Dies at 73] . "The New York Times" (May 16, 2007). Retrieved September 23, 2007.]
*Gill, John, pastor and theologian [ [ "About Charles Spurgeon] . [ The Spurgeon Archives] (undated). Retrieved September 21 2007]
*Graham, Billy [ [ "The Religious Affiliation of Billy Graham"] , (undated). Retrieved April 9, 2008]
*Ham, Mordecai, tent revivalist who preached the sermon where Billy Graham was converted to Christianity [ [ "Mordecai Ham: Outspoken Evangelist"] . Christian History Institute. (June 2007). Retrieved September 23, 2007.]
*Hyles, Jack, controversial pastor and leader of the Independent Baptist movement [ [ Jack Hyles Home Page] (undated). Retrieved September 23, 2007.]
*Jones, Keith Grant, rector of IBTS, Prague, Czech Republic, from 1998. [] Former Deputy General Secretary, Baptist Union of Great Britain 1990-1998 [] . Chair of the BWA Implentation Task Force 2005- []
*Jordan, Clarence, pastor and author of the "The Cotton Patch Gospel [Andrew S. Chancey. [ "Clarence Jordan (1912-1969)"] "New Georgia Encyclopedia" (March 11, 2005). Retrieved September 27, 2007.]
*King, Dr. Martin Luther (Jr.), Civil rights leader, Nobel Peace Prize recipient [. [ "Martin Luther King Biography"] [] retrieved September 20 2007]
*Latourette, Kenneth Scott, pastor; missionary and church historian [Andrew Wall. [ "Modern Pioneers: Kenneth Scott Latourtte"] . "Christianity Today" Library. (October 1, 1911). Retrieved September 24, 2007. ]
*MacArthur, John (Jr.), pastor and theologian [Fisher Humphries. [ "Calvininsm and Theology Today"] in [ The Center for Baptist Studies] at Mercer University (undated). Retrieved September 21, 2007]
*Moon, Charlotte ("Lottie") Diggers, missionary to China. the SBC's Christmas missionary offering is named in her honor. [ [ "Lottie Moon"] ]
*Pattillo, Zelma M., hospice chaplain and congregational minister [ [] .]
*Phelps, Fred, controversial minister most noted for protesting the funerals of homosexuals, and servicemen [ [ "Fred Phelps"] ]
*Rogers, Adrian, televangelical [Michael Foust. [ "Adrian Rogers, Longtime Bellevue Pastor and Leader in Conservative Resurgence, Dies"] "Baptist Press" (news agency) November 15, 2005. Retrieved September 21, 2007.]
*Spurgeon, C. H., British pastor, known as "The Prince of Preachers" [ [ "C(harles) H(addon) Spurgeon Biography (1834-92)] [] ]
*Smyth, John, pastor who founded the first English-speaking Baptist church [ [ 131 Christians Everyone Should Know: John Smyth, The 'Se-Baptist'".] "Christianity Today" (undated). Retrieved September 23, 2007.]
*Stanley, Charles, televangelist founder of In Touch Ministries [ [ "Dr. Charles Stanley] . (undated). Retrieved September 23, 2007.]
*Williams, Roger, founded the First Baptist Church in America [ [ "First Baptist Church"] . First Baptist Church in America, (undated). Retrieved September 27, 2007] . ]


*Carter, Jimmy , Nobel Peace Prize recipient; 39th President of the United States cite web |url=,9171,918212-1,00.html |title="Let the Church Stand Up"|last=|first=|publisher="Time | accessdate=2006-12-07]
*Clinton, Bill, 42nd President of the United States cite web |url= |title="Presidents"|last=|first=|publisher="Pearson Educational ( [ Infoplease] )| accessdate=2008-09-04]
*Colson, Chuck, former top aide to President Richard Nixon [ [ "Charles Coleson"] ]
*Gore, Al, Vice-President of the United States from 1993 – 2001; 2000 Democratic presidential candidate [ [ "Al Gore"] ] , Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
*Harding, Warren G., 29th President of the United States
*Huckabee, Mike, (R) former governor of Arkansas and 2008 Presidential candidate [Gretel C. Kovach, Sarah Elkins, Suzanne Smalley and Sarah Kliff. [ "A Pastor's True Calling."] "Newsweek" December 17 2007. Retrieved January 6 2008.]
*Johnson, Andrew, 17th President of the United States
*Johnson, Richard M., United States Vice President under Martin Van Buren (1837-41) [ [ "The religious affiliation of Richard M. Johnson"] . (undated). Retrieved March 27, 2008.]
*Claude Kirkpatrick, former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives and director of his state's department of public works; involved in various Baptist activities within Louisiana and through the Southern Baptist Convention
*Lincoln, Abraham, 16th President of the United States. Lincoln was raised in the Regular Baptist church, but did not practice any organized religion as an adult. [ [ "Says Record Shows Lincoln a Baptist"] "New York Times" (October 31, 1921. Retrieved April 11, 2008.]
*McCain, John, United States Senator (R) Arizona, Presidential candidate [Bruce Smith. [ McCain Says He's Been Baptist for Years] . ABC News. September 17, 2007 retrieved September 17, 2007.]
*Rockefeller, Nelson, U.S. Vice-President under Gerald Ford (1974-77) [ [ "The Religious Affiliation of US President Nelson A. Rockefeller"] . (undated) Retrieved March 27, 2008.]
*Truman, Harry, 33rd President of the United States


*Black, Hugo, Supreme Court associate justiceciteweb|url=
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*Hughes, Charles Supreme Court, chief justice
*Jackson, Howel Supreme Court, associate justice
*Moore, Roy Alabama state Supreme Court chief justice, removed from office [ [ "Commandments' Day of Reckoning?"] CBS News. (25 August 2003). Retrieved 11 April 2008]
*Thomas, Clarence Supreme Court, associate justice (raised Baptist, converted to Catholicism)

Industrialists and leaders of business

*Cathy, S. Truett, billionaire founder of Chick-fil-A restaurants [ [ "The World's Billionaires: #799 S. Truett Cathy"] "Forbes". (March 3 2007. Retrieved March 27 2008.]
*Lindner, Carl, former owner of the Cincinnati Reds [Cliff Peale [ "Jewish leaders honor Carl Lindner"] . "Cincinnati Enquirer" (May 17, 2004). Retrieved April 11, 2008.]
*Penney, J(ames) C(ash), department store magnet, son of a Primitive Baptist lay minister [ [ "Two American Entrepreneurs"] , National Park Service. (undated). Retrieved March 28 2008.]
*Rockefeller, John D, twentieth century oil tycoon [ [,9171,722026-1,00.html "Baptists"] "Time". (June 7 1926). Retrieved March 26, 2008.]

Entertainers, movie and television personalities

*Aiken, Clay, country music singer [Holly Vicente Robaina. [ "Heart of Clay"] . "Christianity Today" (December, 2005). Retrieved October 3, 2007.]
*Adkins, David ("Sinbad"), actor, comedian [ [ "Sinbad Biography (1956-)] . Film (undated) Retrieved April 11, 2008]
*Beatty, Warren, actor [Diere Donahue. [ "'Warren Beatty: Private Man' Probe Puritanical Roots"] . "USA Today" [ online] . (September 26, 2005). Retrieved 11 April 2008.]
*Campbell, Glen, country music singer [ [ The religion of Glen Campbell, rock and roll star ] ]
*Cash, Johnny, country music singer [ [ The religion of Johnny Cash, country music star ] ]
*Costner, Kevin, actor [ [ The religion of Kevin Costner, actor and film director ] ]
*Clower, Jerry rural humorist, member of the Grand Ole Opry, lay minister [Art Tolston. [ Baptist layman Jerry Clower, top country comic, dies at 71] Baptist Press(online news agency) (August 25 1998). Retrieved March 27 2008.]
*Davis, Bette, actress and former Baptist []
*Franklin, Aretha, Singer and daughter of Baptist minister Rev. C.L. Franklin
*Gardner, Ava, actress [ [ "The Religious Affiliation of Ava Gardner"] , (undated). Retrieved (March 27, 2008).]
*Holly, Buddy, rock 'n' roll singer [ [ The religion of Buddy Holly, rock and roll star ] ]
*Jackson, Mahalia, gospel singer ["Mahalia Jackson: The Queen of Gospel Music". [] . Retrieved 22 July 2008]
*Knight, Gladys, singer, converted to Mormonism []
*Murphy, Eddie [ [ The religion of Eddie Murphy, actor, comedian ] actor, comedian]
*Norris,Chuck,, actor [Sara Horn. [ "Chuck Norris Tells How God's Plan Was Bigger Than His Own."] Baptist Press. September 21 2004. Retrieved April 4 2008.]
*Shelton, Ron, director [ [ The Religion of Ron Shelton, filmmaker ] ]
*Scott, Willard, television weatherman [Larry King. [ "Interview with Willard Scott"] (transcript). "Larry King Live", CNN, (21 May 2003). Retrieved 9 April 2008]
*Spears, Britney, pop singer [ [ The religion of Britney Spears, pop singer ] ]
*Underwood, Carrie, country music singer [ [ "'Idol's' Brightest Star: Carrie Underwood"] . ABC News. (undated). Retrieved October 21, 2007.]
*Winfrey, Oprah, raised Baptist, now a spiritualist. [Oprah Winfrey as quoted in [ "The Church of Oprah Winfrey Exposed] . You Tube video. (March 28 2008). Retrieved April 9 2008]
*Whitney, Dan ("Larry the Cable Guy"), son of a Baptist preacher, attended Baptist University of America [Hazel Smith. [ Hot Dish: Larry the Cable Guy] . Country Music Television (undated). Retrieved March 30 2008] .

Authors, Writers, and Journalists

*Bunyan, John, author of "Pilgrim's Progress"
*Dando, Jill, British reporter and telejournalist [ [ BBC refuses to air Dando memorial ] ]
*Hughes, Robert Don, Baptist minister, educator and science fiction author [ [ "Books by Robert Don Hughes"] . (undated) Retrieved September 22, 2007.]
*Grisham, John, bestselling author of "The Firm", "A Painted House" and "Skipping Christmas". [Martha Duffy. [,9171,982919,00.html?promoid=googlep "Grisham's Law"] . "Time" (May 8, 1995). Retrieved September 22, 2007.]
*LaHaye, Tim, co-author of the bestselling "Left Behind" series [Cathy Lynn Grossman. [ "Prophesy Feeds Fire of Debate"] "USAToday" (April 24, 2004). Retrieved September 22, 2007.]
*Moyers, Bill, television journalist and former White House Press Secretary
*Smith, Hazel Brannon, journalist and editor; first female recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. [Jan Whitt, Ph.D. [ "Burning Crosses and Activist Journalism: The Unlikely Heroism of Two Mississippi Editors"] . Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference Papers. (January 13, 2001). Retrieved September 22, 2007]


*Brown, Jim, former fullback for the Cleveland Browns [ [ The religion of Jim Brown, pro-football player, actor ] ]
*Mutombo, Dikembe, center for the Houston Rockets [ Hillary Wicai. [ "NBA Star Puts Faith to Work,"] . January 8, 2001. Retrieved July 7, 2007]
*Johnson, Zach, professional golfer, winner of the 2007 Masters Tournament [Erin Roach, [ "Masters winner buoyed by faith, marriage"] Baptist Press. ]
*White, Reggie, professional football defensive end; member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame [ [ The religion of Reggie White, murderer turned Christian author ] ]

Miscellaneous Baptists

*Birkhead, Larry, father of Anna Nicole Smith's, daughter Dannielynn Hope Marshall Birkhead [ [ "Larry Birkhead"] (2007). Retrieved September 30, 2007]
*Bluhm, Brian, one of the students killed in the Virginia Tech massacre and a member of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry [Erin Roach. [ "Students Share Faith in Hard Times at VT"] . Baptist Press (April 26, 2007). Retrieved September 22, 2007.]
*Duggar, Jim Bob & Michelle parents of seventeen children [Carrie Renegers. [ "13 Children Add Up to Asset for Challenger] . "Arkansas Democrat-Gazette" (September 9, 1999) reprinted in Quiverfull [ website] . Retrieved September 22, 2007.]
*Edith Killgore Kirkpatrick (born 1918), former member of the executive board of the Louisiana Baptist Convention


*Longabaugh, Harry ("The Sundance Kid"), train robber and outlaw [ [ Famous Baptists] .]
*Jesse James,an American outlaw, son of a Baptist minister [ [ "Timeliine: The Life and Death of Jesse James"] . Public Broadcasting Service. (undated). Retrieved March 12, 2002.]

Fictional Baptists

Baptists in literature

*"Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe", by Fannie Flagg
**Idgie Threadgood
** Rev. Scroggins

*The Mitford series by Jan Karon
**Sophia Burton, a single mother raising two daughters
**Absalom Greer, elderly minister and close friend of the series'protagonist, Father Tim Kavanagh (an Episcopalian rector).
**Madelaine Kavanagh, Father Tim's mother
**Emma Newland, Father Tim's secretary who was raised Baptist, converted to the Episcopal church, then returned to the Baptist church when she married.
**Harold Newland, Emma's husband and local postal worker
**Rodney Underwood, the town's chief of police
**Lew Boyd, owner-operator of local Exxon gas station
**Mule Skinner, semi-retired Realtor
**Fancy Skinner, Mule's wife and unisex hairdresser
**Bill Sprouse, the jovial minister of Mitford's First Baptist Church

*"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
**Miss Maudie Atkins, Neighbor of Scout Finch, the protagonist. More moderate than the "Footwashing Baptists" who make a brief appearance
**Mr. Radley's father. Another of Scout's neighbors.
*Superman comic book series
**Perry White, editor of the Daily Planet []

Baptists on television

*"Designing Women", Julia Sugarbaker (Dixie Carter), presumably Suzanne Sugarbaker (Delta Burke) and Charlene Frazier (Jean Smart). Specifically Charlene reveals that she is a "First Baptist" in the episode "Oh Suzanna". In the episode "How Great Thou Art" Charlene quits her church when she discovers her pastor is opposed to the ordination of women, which was her dream at one time. Mary Jo Shively (Annie Potts) briefly dates Julia's minister.
*"The Jeffersons", George Jefferson is revealed to be a Baptist during a Christmas episode where his son Lionel weds Jenny Willis. The wedding is held up because George wants a Baptist minister to conduct the service while the Willis' want a minister of their denomination. Jenny and Lionel quickly marry when a minister (who happens to be Baptist, though white to George's chagrin), is going door-to-door with a group of carolers.
*"Gimme a Break!", Nell Harper (Nell Carter) is the daughter of a Baptist minister.
*"Golden Girls", Blanche Deveraux, according to a [ fan site] , is a Southern Baptist.
*"LA Law", Jane Halliday (Alexandra Powers), fundamentalist Baptist and an attorney, as well as an alumna of Bob Jones University. She was introduced to the series in the eighth season premiere of the show when she revealed she was a virgin and intended to remain one until her wedding night [Anita Gates. [ "New Season, Old Cast, Room for One More."] "New York Times" [ (online edition)] . (October 31 1993) retrieved March 30, 2008.]
*"Se7en", one of the crime suspects was Baptist
*"The Waltons", Almost all the principal characters were Baptists or attended the Baptist church. In the fourth season episode "The Sermon", Rev. Matthew Fordwick (John Ritter) asks John Boy (Richard Thomas) to deliver a sermon while he goes on his honeymoon. In the fifth season episode "The Baptism" John Walton, Sr. (Ralph Waite) refuses to attend a tent revival or be baptized.

Baptists in film

*"Arachnophobia" Coach Beachwood, his wife, daughter (Becky) and son (Bobby). After boasting he taught his son to throw a football before he could walk, Molly Jennings jokingly asks, "Nepotism?". Mrs. Beachwood replies, "Actually, we're Baptist."
*"O Brother, Where Art Thou?", Pete Hogwallop and Delmar O'Donnell are baptized by a Baptist minister []
*"The Preacher's Wife", The pastor Rev. Henry Biggs (Courtney Vance), his wife Julia (Whitney Houston), his mother-in-law Margueritte Coleman (Jenifer Lewis), his son Jeremiah (Justin Pierre Edmund) and many other supporting characters who were members of Saint Matthews Baptist Church.

Baptists in Song

* "Preachin Blues" (Son House) Contains the lines:Yes, I'm gonna get me religion, I'm gonna join the Baptist Church.:You know I wanna be a Baptist preacher, just so I won't have to work.

* "Cowboys Days" (Terri Clark) Contains the lines:I was third alto on the second row of the First Baptist church choir:I was keeper of the minutes for the Tri Delts, in charge of the homecoming bonfire:I was a straight 'A', straight laced, level-headed as they come:And parked at the Sonic, isn't that ironic, when my whole world came undone:One slot over was a calf roper giving me his George Strait smile:And before I knew Miss Good-Two-Shoes was two-steppin', runnin' wild.

*"Guilty" (The Statler Brothers) contains the lines :If she seems bitter of other ways,:Seems to have lost her Baptist ways, :If the truth comes harder than a lie,:If she's guilty, so am I

*"Lonely Lubbock Lights"(Aaron Watson), A singer in a Broken Spoke (a honkeytonk) reveals that a love interest is the daughter of a Baptist minister who is keeping them apart (because he sings in bars.)

*"Southern Baptist Heartbreak"(The Warren Brothers) contains the lines:Somewhere in the middle of "Have Thy Own Way,":She left an empty pew; :She said 'I think that's what I'll do.'"

*"Uneasy Rider" (Charlie Daniels), a hippie is stranded in a bar in the deep South and the locals start making trouble when the fast-thinking hippie accuses one of the locals of being a spy sent to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. The local replies that He's a "faithful follower of Brother John Birch and a member of Antioch Baptist Church."


ee also

* List of Christian theologians
* List of preachers

External links

* [ Christian Hall of Fame]
* [ Famous Baptists]

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