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.
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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