Famous 20th Century Televangelists

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 1 Jimmy Swaggart

Jimmy Swaggart
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Famous As: Televangelist
Birthdate: March 15, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ferriday, Louisiana, United States

Jimmy Swaggart is a Pentecostal evangelist. He began his TV ministry in the early 1970s and soon became a household name in US. He is also popular on a global level and his programs are telecast in 105 countries. He was involved in sex scandals in the late 1980s and early 1990s and suffered a temporary setback.  

 2 T. D. Jakes

T. D. Jakes
41
Famous As: Priest, Author, Writer
Birthdate: June 9, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: South Charleston

Known for his baritone voice and his signature goatee, T. D. Jakes is a bishop at The Potter's House and a filmmaker, too. He has produced and appeared in films such as Jumping the Broom and Not Easily Broken, the latter being based one of his novels.

 3 Franklin Graham

Franklin Graham
44
Famous As: Pastor, Missionary
Birthdate: July 14, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Asheville

The son of evangelist Billy Graham, Franklin Graham followed in his father's footsteps to become a missionary and an evangelist. He now heads both the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse. He has also produced Christian-themed movies and docu-dramas such as Second Chance and Facing Darkness.

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 4 Joel Osteen

Joel Osteen
95
Famous As: American Preacher & Televangelist
Birthdate: March 5, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Houston

Joel Osteen is an American pastor, author, and televangelist. He is one of the most popular televangelists in the world, with his televised sermons being watched by millions of people every week in over 100 countries, including 10 million viewers in the US alone. In 2006, he was named in the 10 Most Fascinating People list published by Barbara Walters.

 5 Benny Hinn

Benny Hinn
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Famous As: Televangelist
Birthdate: December 3, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jaffa, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

Israeli televangelist Benny Hinn gained fame with his Miracle Crusades held in stadiums across major cities and broadcast worldwide on his show This Is Your Day. He incorrectly predicted twice that the world would end. He has also authored several books, such as Lord, I Need a Miracle.

 6 Oral Roberts

Oral Roberts
27
Famous As: Televangelist
Birthdate: January 24, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ada, Oklahoma, United States
Died: December 15, 2009

Oral Roberts was an American televangelist who was ordained in United Methodist churches as well as the Pentecostal Holiness. Regarded as one of the precursors for the charismatic movement, Roberts was one of the most recognized and controversial preachers of the 20th century. Oral Roberts is also credited with founding Oral Roberts University (ORU) and the Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association.

 7 Kenneth Copeland

Kenneth Copeland
94
Famous As: Actor, Writer
Birthdate: December 6, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lubbock

Kenneth Copeland is an American author and televangelist known for his association with the charismatic movement. Copeland, whose sermons are broadcast around the world, was criticized during the Covid-19 pandemic for claims that he had destroyed the virus and that the pandemic would end soon. He has also been criticized for using donations to purchase private jets and a mansion. 

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 8 Jim Bakker

Jim Bakker
67
Famous As: Televangelist
Birthdate: January 2, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Muskegon

Televangelist Jim Bakker gained much prominence for hosting the TV program The PTL Club with his then-wife, Tammy Faye in the 1970s and 1980s. In the late 1980s, he was accused of a series of unethical and illegal behaviors, including sexual misconduct and accounting frauds. However, he was able to salvage his image and returned to televangelism.

 9 Creflo A. Dollar, Jr.

Creflo A. Dollar, Jr.
63
Birthdate: January 28, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: College Park

Creflo A. Dollar, Jr. is an American televangelist and pastor. He is credited with founding the Christian World Changers Church International, a non-denominational church based in College Park, Georgia. He also heads the Creflo Dollar Ministries, Creflo Dollar Ministerial Association, and Arrow Records.

 10 John Hagee

John Hagee
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Famous As: Televangelist and founder of Cornerstone Church
Birthdate: April 12, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baytown, Texas, United States

The founder of the John Hagee Ministries and the Christians United for Israel, John Hagee has also established the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. He has penned several bestsellers, such as Absolute Power, and is also known for his controversial concepts, such as the blood moon prophecy.

 11 Jack Van Impe

Jack Van Impe
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Famous As: Televangelist
Birthdate: February 9, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Freeport, Michigan, United States
Died: January 18, 2020

Jack Van Impe was an American televangelist best remembered for his weekly TV series Jack Van Impe Presents. Dubbed the Walking Bible, Van Impe had memorized most of the Authorized Version of the Bible. He is credited with founding the Jack Van Impe Ministries International, which strives to preach the teachings of Christ around the world.

 12 Jerry Falwell

Jerry Falwell
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Famous As: Pastor
Birthdate: August 11, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lynchburg
Died: May 15, 2007

Televangelist and religious leader Jerry Falwell Sr. was also a co-founder of the Moral Majority, a political platform for the promotion of conservative Christian ideals. He also established the Liberty University and later tried to revive the PTL after its leader Jim Bakker was accused of rape.

 13 Robert Tilton

Robert Tilton
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Birthdate: June 7, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dallas

Robert Tilton is an American televangelist best known for his TV program Success-N-Life, which was aired in 235 American television markets during the peak of his ministry in 1991. The show, which brought in almost $80 million annually, was named America's fastest-growing television ministry. The show was taken off the air when ABC's Primetime Live questioned Robert Tilton's fundraising practices.

 14 Jan Crouch

Jan Crouch
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Birthdate: March 14, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Brockton
Died: May 31, 2016

Jan Crouch was an American media personality and religious broadcaster. She is credited with co-founding the Trinity Broadcasting Network along with her husband Paul Franklin Crouch. An ardent propagator of Prosperity Theology, Jan Crouch played a major role in the development of the Trinity Broadcasting Network for which she was honored with the Golden Angel Award for Excellence in Media.  

 15 Ernest Angley

Ernest Angley
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Birthdate: August 9, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gastonia

Ernest Angley was an American evangelist, television station owner, and author. One of the most controversial evangelists of his generation, Angley received several criticisms for his claims and theories. He was also accused of sexual abuse by Rev. Brock Miller who filed a lawsuit against Ernest Angley, claiming that he was sexually abused for nine years.

 16 Mike Murdock

Mike Murdock
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 18, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lake Charles

Mike Murdock had delivered his first sermon at age 8 and begun full-time evangelism at 19. The author of bestsellers such as Wisdom for Winning and Dream-Seeds, he has also writte the Topical Bible series and released gospel tracks. His show Wisdom Keys with Mike Murdock has been a hit.

 17 Hal Lindsey

Hal Lindsey
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Famous As: Preacher
Birthdate: November 23, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Houston

Hal Lindsey is an evangelist and Christian writer. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary, following which he worked with Campus Crusade for Christ. He was also a Sunday school teacher. He has authored many books, including The Late, Great Planet Earth and Apocalypse Code. He serves on the executive board of Christian Voice and has hosted many Christian TV shows. 

 18 A. A. Allen

A. A. Allen
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Birthdate: March 27, 1911
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sulphur Rock
Died: June 11, 1970

A. A. Allen was an American evangelist best remembered for his deliverance ministry and faith healing programs. Allen enjoyed a large following and was one of the first evangelists to develop a national television ministry. A. A. Allen also propagated racial integration and encouraged the musical skills of African-Americans in his television programs.

 19 Edir Macedo

Edir Macedo
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Famous As: Television evangelist, founder of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God
Birthdate: February 18, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rio das Flores, RJ, Brazil

Edir Macedo is a Brazilian evangelical bishop, writer, and billionaire businessman. He is the founder of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) and the co-owner of RecordTV, the third-largest TV network in Brazil. He began his career as a civil servant before moving to a religious career. He has been accused of racism and misogyny. 

 20 Richard Roberts

Richard Roberts
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Famous As: television presenter
Birthdate: November 12, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tulsa

Richard Roberts is an American author and executive who is currently serving as the chief executive officer and chairman of the popular Pentecostal ministry Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association (OREA), which was started by the famous televangelist and faith healer Oral Roberts. For 15 years, Richard Roberts served as the president of the private evangelical university Oral Roberts University (ORU).

 21 Peter Popoff

Peter Popoff
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Famous As: Televangelism
Birthdate: July 2, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: East Berlin, Germany

Peter Popoff is a German-born American faith healer, debunked clairvoyant, and televangelist. Popoff used a concealed earpiece to receive information about people suffering from ailments during his religious services and claimed that God divulged the information to him. The scam was exposed in 1986 and led to the creation of several works of art, including the film Leap of Faith.

 22 James Robison

James Robison
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Famous As: American televangelist
Birthdate: October 9, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pasadena

James Robison is an American televangelist best known for hosting the daily TV program, LIFE Today, along with his wife Betty Freeman. The show has hosted several celebrities like Steven Curtis Chapman, Robert Selden Duvall, and George W. Bush. James Robison is credited with founding a Christian relief organization called Life Outreach International where he also serves as the president.

 23 Robert A. Schuller

Robert A. Schuller
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Famous As: Author, Writer
Birthdate: October 7, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Blue Island

Robert A. Schuller is an American televangelist, author, and pastor. The only son of Arvella Schuller and Robert H. Schuller, who founded the Crystal Cathedral, Schuller served as a minister on the weekly television program Hour of Power, which was aired from the Crystal Cathedral. He was made the senior pastor in 2006 but resigned from his position in 2008.

 24 Rod Parsley

Rod Parsley
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Famous As: Minister
Birthdate: January 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cleveland

 25 Garner Ted Armstrong

Garner Ted Armstrong
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Birthdate: February 9, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Portland
Died: September 12, 2003

Garner Ted Armstrong was an American evangelist who succeeded his father Herbert W. Armstrong and took over the operations of the Worldwide Church of God. After his father's demise, Armstrong became the voice of the church's radio program The World Tomorrow, which was aired around the world.

 26 Irvin Baxter Jr.

Irvin Baxter Jr.
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Famous As: Televangelist
Birthdate: July 8, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Richmond, Indiana, United States
Died: November 3, 2020

 27 Rex Humbard

Rex Humbard
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Famous As: Television Evangelist
Birthdate: August 13, 1919
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Died: September 21, 2007

Rex Humbard was an American televangelist remembered for hosting the Cathedral of Tomorrow show, which was aired on over 600 stations. In 1991, he was made an inductee of the National Religious Broadcasters Hall of Fame. In 1993, Humbard was inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame. In 2007, he was made an inductee of the Arkansas Walk of Fame.

 28 Bob Larson

Bob Larson
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Famous As: Television evangelist
Birthdate: May 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Westwood

Bob Larson is an American television and radio evangelist. Larson, who serves as a pastor at the Spiritual Freedom Church in Arizona, has written several books criticizing Satanism and rock music. He is also renowned for performing exorcisms over Skype and on calls. 

 29 Lori Bakker

Lori Bakker
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Famous As: Former Televangelist, Speaker
Birthdate: August 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: United States

The wife of televangelist Jim Bakker and The Jim Bakker Show co-host, Lori Bakker had previously led a reckless life. Following five abortions, she switched to spirituality and joined the Phoenix First Assembly. She later formed the Mourning to Joy Ministry, to help women survive post-abortion trauma.

 30 Billy James Hargis

Billy James Hargis
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Famous As: Television evangelist
Birthdate: August 3, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Texarkana, Arkansas, United States
Died: November 27, 2004