Just released! Our compilation list of the most influential Christians-

As the first step towards our actual Top 20 and then Top 10 ranking of the Most Influential Christians (since the Apostles), we are listing below ALL of the names that received at least one Top 10 vote by one of our survey respondents.

Please note that the names are all “self-professed” Christians, as many readers will claim that some of these names may not be “true” Christians at all.  In trying to be a little more inclusive, we have allowed these names to be voted on by all.

The resulting list is NOT in any order.  This is not a ranking; it is merely in a random presentation.  Feel free to comment on persons that you would vote for- whether they are on this list or not.  Thank you.

Joseph Smith
 Pope Benedict XVI 
Pope Leo IX
Pope Pius IX
Brigham Young 
Martin Luther 
Charles T. Russell 
Patriarch Michael Cerularius 
King Henry VIII 
Queen Isabella I / King Ferdinand 
Emperor Constantine (of Rome) 
Bishop Gene Robinson 
Cardinal Bernard Law 
Jack Chick 
Mary Baker Eddy
Billy Graham 
Pope Leo X
Pastor Rick Warren 
Pope Paul VI 
A.W. Tozer
A.B. Simpson
J. Hudson Taylor
John Calvin
John/ Charles Wesley
Saint Augustine
Thomas Aquinas
Jacobus Arminius
William Tyndale
J. Sebastian Bach
CS Lewis
Jimmy Swaggart
Charles Spurgeon
Mother Theresa
Pope John Paul II
Cyril of Alexandria
John of Damascus
Theodore the Studite
John Wycliffe
King James 1
Pope Pius V
St. Francis of Assisi
St. Dominic
St. Benedict
Fulton Sheen
Gustavo Gutierrez
Martin Luther King Jr.
Phillips Melancthon
Martin Chemnitz
C.F.W. Walther
Hildegard Von Bingen
St. Jerome
Basil the Great
John Nelson Darby
Pope John XXIII
John Knox
Cornelius  Van Til
Samuel Adams
Roger Williams
John Owens
Samuel Bolton
Nathaniel Vincent
Thomas Watson
William Sprague
Thomas Moore
Peter Marshall

6 thoughts on “Just released! Our compilation list of the most influential Christians-

    • Hello Kevin- Thanks for the input and your opinions.
      Please note that these persons listed are not “our” opinions (the authors)- they are the opinions of those numerous Christians (pastors, writers, theologians etc) that responded to our recent survey.
      Naturally, everyone has their own thoughts and our final list/ranking may be somewhat controversial.
      Note also that we are not talking about the “best” or the “most holy” persons here. We are talking about influence. Even Gene Robinson has had some influence within the Church- even if people don’t agree with him.
      Ken L.

  1. Hi Ken,

    I was just shocked is all. I know Robinson has had some “impact” on the Church, but feel that some of the others have actually influenced the Church, history and civilization.

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