Famous Kentucky Christians (A-C)

NameDatesFamous forFrom
William P. Alexander1805-1884Early missionary to HawaiiBourbon County
Louis Arnold1914-2015“The Flying Evangelist”Garrard County
Bill Arnsparger1926-2015NFL Defensive Line CoachBourbon County
Francis Asbury1745-1816Methodist Circuit RiderTravelled and preached throughout Kentucky
Stephen Badin1768-1853First Catholic priest ordained in the US.Nelson County
Issachar Bates1758-1837Shaker song-writerWalked across Kentucky
Mary Wilson Betts1824-1854PoetMason County
Carl Brashear1931-2006The Navy’s first African American Master DiverLaRue County
Mary E. Britton1855-1925First woman licensed to practice medicine in LexingtonFayette County
Joseph J. Bullock1812-1892Chaplain of the US SenateFayette County
Nannie Helen Burroughs1879-1961Educator, Civil Rights ActivistJefferson County
Chief Jesse Bushyhead1804-1844Cherokee Chief and pastor who led Cherokee contingent on the Trail of Tears through KentuckyChristian County
Potilla CalvertFounder of Calvert City Marshall County
Alexander Campbell, Sr.1818-1870Formerly enslaved founder and pastor of the Colored Christian Church MovementWoodford County
Peter Cartwright1785-1872Methodist Circuit Riding PreacherLogan County
Susannah Baskett Cash1762-1842Baptist Pastor’s wife, Mrs. Warren CashMadison County
Thomas Chilton1798-1854US Representative from Kentucky, Baptist pastor and ghost writer for Davy CrockettGarrard County
Thomas O. Chisholm1866-1960Editor of The Pentecostal Herald, Methodist minister, Hymn writerSimpson County
Emma C. Clement1874-19521946 American Mother of the Year, pastor’s wifeJefferson County
Louis Coleman1943-2008Civil Rights Activist and Methodist pastorJefferson County
Thurmond Coleman, Sr.1926-2019Baptist pastor, school bus driver, J.C. Penney Store DetectiveJefferson County
Lewis Craig1737-1825Baptist pastor, distiller, founder of the Bracken Baptist Church, leader of the Traveling ChurchMason County
William L. Crittendon1823-1851Mexican American War hero executed in Havana, CubaShelby County
Martha CrossWidow of Alexander Cross, early missionary to LiberiaHenderson County

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