evangelist

evangelist

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evangelist [Gr.,=Gospel], title given to saints Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The four evangelists are often symbolized respectively by a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle, on the basis of Rev. 4.6-10. In modern times the term is applied to Protestant preachers who go about preaching personal conversion. The greatest effort of evangelism was undoubtedly the Great Awakening. Methodism is essentially evangelical in its origins; John Wesley and George Whitefield were the great Methodist evangelists. George Fox, founder of the Quakers (see Friends, Religious Society of), was also an evangelist. Dwight Moody was a prominent 19th-century American evangelist. Billy Graham is a notable modern example. See also camp meeting; revival, religious.

(flourished 1st century, Jerusalem—died traditionally Alexandria, Egypt; Western feast day April 25; Eastern feast day September 23) Christian evangelist to whom the second Gospel is traditionally ascribed. He joined Saints Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey but left them at Perga and returned to Jerusalem. He may also have aided St. Peter in Rome, and some scholars believe that Mark's Gospel is based on Peter's account of his experiences as one of the Twelve Apostles. If this is true, it was probably written shortly after Peter's death circa AD 65. The Egyptian church claims Mark as its founder, and he is patron saint of the Italian cities of Aquileia and Venice. His symbol is the lion.

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Jonathan Bell (born 1965) is a Dallas evangelist, and host of a short-lived late-night Cable television show, called "Success In Life". Formerly a Canadian hairdresser, he has served time for three counts of child molestation, including fondling the buttocks of minors.

He is reportedly on the run from the police, facing money-related charges.

He became known to many from clips of his shows that appeared in the "God Stuff" segments on Comedy Central's The Daily Show.

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