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2,501,396 every year, according to the World Christian Encyclopedia Another estimate says in Africa, every year, 6 million people convert to Christianity.
The following is a list of notable people who converted to Christianity from a different religion or no religion. This article addresses only past voluntary professions of faith by the individuals listed, and is not intended to address ethnic, cultural, or other considerations such as Marriage. Certain people listed here may be lapsed or former converts, or their current religious identity may be ambiguous, uncertain or disputed. Such cases are noted in their list entries.
1 From Abrahamic religions o 1.1 From Islam o 1.2 From Judaism o 1.3 From Rastafari movement 2 From Dharmic religions o 2.1 From Buddhism o 2.2 From Hinduism o 2.3 From Sikhism 3 Other o 3.1 From agnosticism or atheism o 3.2 From Cao Dai o 3.3 From Confucianism o 3.4 From Paganism o 3.5 From Manichaeism o 3.6 From Satanism o 3.7 From Zoroastrianism o 3.8 Undetermined former religion 4 See also 5 Notes and references
From Abrahamic religions
Abo of Tiflis, a Christian activist and the Patron Saint of the city of Tbilisi, Georgia.
Bahaa el-Din Ahmed Hussein el-Akkad - Egyptian former Muslim sheikh.
Nonie Darwish, an Egyptian American writer and public speaker.
Akbar Gbaja-Biamila is an American football player.
Mohammed Hegazy were First Egyptian Muslim convert to Christianity to seek official recognition of his conversion from the Egyptian Government.
Italian journalist Magdi Allam converted to Roman Catholicism during the Vatican's 2008 Easter vigil service presided over by Pope Benedict XVI.
Born into a Muslim Batak family, Indonesian Prime Minister Amir Sjarifuddin converted to Christianity in 1931, upon which his fervently Islamic mother committed suicide. A
Aslan Abashidze - leader of the Ajarian Autonomous Republic in western Georgia. Abashidze was born into a renowned Muslim Ajarian family, a branch of the Abashidze princely house. Mohammed Sheikh Abdiraman - a Somali convert to Christianity who were shot by al Shabaab members. Ibrahim Abdullah - American former PLO terrorist. Abo of Tiflis - Christian activist and the Patron Saint of the city of Tbilisi, Georgia.
Abraham of Bulgaria - Martyr and saint of the Russian Orthodox Church. St. Adolphus - Christian martyr who was put to death along with his brother, John, by Abd ar-Rahman II, Caliph of Córdoba for apostasy. Mehmet Ali Ağca - Turkish born who attempt to murder Pope John Paul II in 1981. He beacme a Catholic during his time in prison. Al-Mu'eiyyad - Abbasid prince and third son of Abbasid caliph, Al-Mutawakkil. He was converted to Christianity along with his three confidants by St. Theodore of Edessa, accepting the name "John" upon baptism. Jabalah ibn al-Aiham - last ruler of the Ghassanid state in Syria and Jordan in the seventh century AD. After the Islamic conquest of Levant he converted to Islam in AD 638. He reverted to Christianity later on and lived in Anatolia until he died in AD 645. Daniel Ali- Iraqi Kurdish Christian author, speaker and Islamic scholar; evangelizes in Catholic, Protestant and Messianic Jewish circles. Ibrahim Ben Ali - a soldier, physician and one of the earliest American settlers of Turkish origin. Amina Muse Ali - a Somali convert to Christianity who were shot by al Shabaab members. Mohammed Ahmed Ali - a Somali convert to Christianity who were murdered by al Shabaab members. Magdi Allam (baptized as Magdi Cristiano Allam) - Italy's most famous Islamic affairs journalist. Zachariah Anani - Former Sunni Muslim Lebanese militia fighter  Hussain Andaryas - Afghan Christian activist and tele-evangelist. Matthew Ashimolowo - Nigerian-born British pastor and evangelist. Aurelius and Natalia - Christian martyrs who were put to death during the reign of Abd ar-Rahman II, Caliph of Córdoba for apostasy. Maria Aurora of Spiegel - born as Fatima, mistress of Augustus II of Saxony Johannes Avetaranian - (born Muhammad Shukri Efendi), Christian missionary and Turkish descendent of Prophet Muhammad.
Josephine Bakhita - Roman Catholic saint from Darfur, Sudan. Sarah Balabagan - a Filipina prisoner in the United Arab Emirates during 1994 96 whose case caused a good deal of controversy. Fathima Rifqa Bary - a young woman of Sri Lankan descent who drew international attention in 2009 when, at age 16, she ran away from her Ohio home saying that her Muslim parents are going to kill her for becoming a Christian. Sheikh Ahmed Barzani - Head of Barzani Tribe in Iraqi Kurdistan and older brother of Mustafa Barzani, Kurdish nationalist leader. He announced his conversion to Christianity in 1931 during the anti-government uprising. Simeon Bekbulatovich - Khan of Qasim Khanate. Alexander Bekovich-Cherkassky - Russian officer of Circassian origin who led the first Russian military expedition into Central Asia.
Francis Bok - Sudanese-American activist, convert to Islam from Christianity; but later returned to his Christian faith. Jean-Bédel Bokassa - Central African Republic Emperor (from Christianity to Islam back to Christianity). Dr.Thomas Yayi Boni - President of Benin. Sayed Borhan khan - Khan of Qasim Khanate from 1627 to 1679.
Casilda of Toledo - venerated as a saint of the Catholic Church. According to her legend, St. Casilda, a daughter of a Muslim king of Toledo (called Almacrin or Almamun), showed special kindness to Christian prisoners by carrying bread hidden in her clothes to feed them. George XI of Kartli - ruled Kartli, eastern Georgia. Djibril Cissé - French soccer player of Ivorian descent. Eldridge Cleaver - Author, prominent American civil rights leader, and key member of the Black Panther Party. He converted to Mormonism. Constantine the African - Baghdad-educated Muslim who died in 1087 as a Christian monk at Monte Cassino.
Nonie Darwish - Egyptian American writer and public speaker. Sedar Dedeoglu - a Turk who claims to be a descendant of Islam's prophet Muhammad has converted to Christianity while living in Germany. Hassan Dehqani-Tafti - Anglican Bishop of Iran from 1961 to 1990. Mehdi Dibaj - Iranian pastor and Christian activist. Momolu Dukuly - politician in Liberia. He left Islam and embraced Christianity before he became foreign minister .
Bahaa el-Din Ahmed Hussein el-Akkad - an Egyptian former Muslim sheikh. For more than 20 years, el-Akkad was a member of the fundamentalist Islamic group Da'wa el Tabligh, which actively proselytized non-Muslims but strictly opposed violence. He also led a mosque community in Al-Haram, in the Giza area adjacent to Cairo. In 1994, he published, Islam: the Religion, a 500-page book reviewing the traditional beliefs and dogmas of Islam. He late became disillusioned with Islam and began to question certain Islamic tenets. A theological discourse with a Christian led him to conduct an intensive study of Christian Scripture, after which he converted to Christianity in January 2005. Estevanico - Berber originally from Morocco and one of the early explorers of the Southwestern United States. Gulshan Esther - Pakistani convert from Islam to Christianity.
Donald Fareed - Iranian Christian tele-evangelist and minister. Jacob Frank - 18th century Jewish religious leader who claimed to be the reincarnation of the self-proclaimed messiah Sabbatai Zevi, and also of King David. Frank publicly converted to Islam in 1757 and later to Christianity at Poland in 1759, but actually presented himself as the Messiah of a syncretic derivation of Shabbatai Zevi's Messianism now referred to as Frankism.
Mark A. Gabriel- Egyptian Islamic scholar and writer Daveed Gartenstein-Ross- Counter-terrorism expert and attorney (from Judaism to Islam to Christianity). Akbar Gbaja-Biamila - American football player. Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila - an American football defensive end who was drafted by the Green Bay Packers and is currently a free agent. Ruffa Gutierrez - Filipina actress, model and former beauty queen (from Christianity to Islam back to Christianity)
Umar ibn Hafsun - Leader of anti-Ummayad dynasty forces in southern Iberia. Hafsun converted to Christianity with his sons and ruled over several mountain valleys for nearly forty years, having the castle Bobastro as his residence. Naveed Afzal Haq - Pakistani American charged for the July 2006 Seattle Jewish Federation shooting. He converted to Christianity in December, 2005 but reverted to Islam by the time of the shooting. Mohammed Hegazy - First Egyptian Muslim convert to Christianity to seek official recognition of his conversion from the Egyptian Government.Threats force Egyptian convert to hide, MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press Writer Sat August 11, Aben Humeya - (born Fernando de Valor) Morisco Chief who was crowned the Emir of Andalusia by his followers and led the Morisco Revolt against Philip II of Spain. Mariam Muhina Hussein - a Somali convert to Christianity who were murdered by al Shabaab members after discovering she had six Bibles.
Tunch Ilkin - Former American football player. Qadry Ismail - Former American football player. Raghib Ismail - Former American football player.
Ubayd-Allah ibn Jahsh - Brother of Zaynab bint Jahsh, the wife of Prophet Muhammad and one of the male Sahaba (companions of the Prophet).
Esther John - a Pakistani Christian nurse. She is counted in ten most famous Christian martyrs of the present day. Lina Joy - Malaysian convert to Christianity. The desire to have her conversion recognized was the subject of a court case in Malaysia. Don Juan of Persia - a late 16th and early 17th century figure in Iran and Spain. He settled in Spain where he became a Roman Catholic.
Tuğçe Kazaz - Turkish model who was Miss Turkey in 2001. Alexander Kazembek - Russian Orientalist, historian and philologist of Azeri origin . Mathieu Kérékou- President of Benin (from Christianity to Islam back to Christianity). Omar Khalafe - a Somali convert to Christianity who were shot by al Shabaab members. Kitty Kirkpatrick - born in India and brought up as Shia Muslim. Emir Kusturica - Bosnian born filmmaker and actor.
Imad ud-din Lahiz - Prolific Islamic writer, preacher and Quranic translator. Fernão Lopez - first known permanent inhabitant of the remote Island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean. Dr. Nur Luke - Uyghur Bible translator.
Fadhma Aït Mansour - Mother of French writers Jean Amrouche and Taos Amrouche. Majeed Rashid Mohammed - a Kurdish Christian convert from Islam. He established a network with former Kurdish Muslims with about 2,000 members today. Sake Dean Mahomed - an Indian traveller, surgeon and entrepreneur who introduced the Indian take-away curry house restaurant in Britain, and was the first Indian to have written a book in the English language. Josef Mässrur - (born Ghäsim Khan) missionary to Chinese Turkestan with the Mission Union of Sweden. Ahmed Matan a Somali convert to Christianity who was shot by al Shabaab members. Carlos Menem - Former President of Argentina. Raised a Muslim but converted to Roman Catholicism, a constitutional requirement for accessing the presidency until 1994. Yadegar Mokhammad of Kazan - was the last khan of Kazan Khanate (1552). Yadegar Moxammat of Kazan - Last khan of Kazan Khanate.
Muhsin Muhammad current American football player for the Carolina Panthers , raised in a Muslim household, later converted to Christianity. Paul Mulla - Turkish scholar and professor of Islamic Studies at the Pontifical Oriental Institute.
Marina Nemat - Canadian author of Iranian descent and former political prisoner of the Iranian government. Born into a Christian family, she converted to Islam in order to avoid execution but later reverted to Christianity. Nunilo and Alodia - a pair of child martyrs from Huesca. Born of a mixed marriage, they eschewed the Islam of their father in favour of their mother's Christianity.
Malika Oufkir - Moroccan writer, daughter of General Mohamed Oufkir, and former prisoner of King Hassan II of Morocco.
Shams Pahlavi - Iranian princess and the elder sister of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran. Hamid Pourmand - Former Iranian army colonel and lay leader of the Jama'at-e Rabbani, the Iranian branch of the Assemblies of God church in Iran.
Abdul Rahman - Afghan convert to Christianity who escaped the death penalty because of foreign pressure. Stefan Razvan - Gypsy prince who ruled Moldavia for six months in 1595. Emily Ruete - (born Sayyida Salme) Princess of Zanzibar and Oman. Ibrahim Rugova - an Albanian politician who was the first President of Kosovo and of its leading political party, the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK).
Nazli Sabri - Queen consort of Egypt. Begum Samru - Powerful lady of north India, ruling a large area from Sardhana, Uttar Pradesh. James Scurry - a British soldier and statesman. Mohamed Alí Seineldín - a former Argentine army colonel who participated in two failed coup attempts against the democratically elected governments of both President Raul Alfonsin and President Carlos Menem in 1988 and 1990. Hakeem Seriki (AKA Chamillionaire) - American rapper
The Sibirsky family - The foremost of many Genghisid (Shaybanid) noble families formerly living in Russia. The Shihab family - prominent Lebanese noble family who originally belonged to Sunni Islam and converted to Christianity at the end of the 18th century Walid Shoebat - American author and former member of the PLO. Nasir Siddiki - Canadian evangelist, author, and business consultant. Amir Sjarifuddin - Indonesian socialist leader who later became the prime minister of Indonesia during its National Revolution. Skanderbeg - Albanian military leader. Skanderbeg converted to Islam from Christianity but reverted back to Christianity later in life. Rudolf Carl von Slatin - Anglo-Austrian soldier and administrator in the Sudan. Hossein Soodmand - executed for apostasy. Although born a Muslim, by 1989 Hossein had been a Christian for 25 years. Patrick Sookhdeo - British Anglican canon
Hakan Tastan and Turan Topal - Two Turkish Christian converts who went on trial in 2006, on charges of "allegedly insulting 'Turkishness' and inciting religious hatred against Islam". Maria Temrjukovna - a Circassian princess, and second wife to Ivan IV of Russia who was born in a Muslim upbringing, and baptised into the Russian Orthodox Church on August 21, 1561. Ghorban Tourani - Former Iranian Sunni Muslim who became a Christian minister. Following multiple murder threats, he was abducted and murdered on November 22, 2005.
Utameshgaray of Kazan - Khan of Kazan Khanate.
George Weah - Liberian soccer player (from Christianity to Islam back to Christianity). George Weah, Jr. - Liberian American footballer who plays for FC Wohlen.
Mosab Hassan Yousef - son of a Hamas leader, converted to Christianity after moving to the United States. Mumin Abdikarim Yusuf - a Somali convert to Christianity. Ramzi Yousef - Al Qaeda member and the main participant in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and The Bojinka plot.
Zaida of Seville - a refugee Muslim princess who was a mistress and then perhaps queen of Alfonso VI of Castile. Saye Zerbo - President of the republic of Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) 
The Jewish Encyclopedia gives some statistics on conversion of Jews to Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, and Orthodox Christianity (which it calls "Greek Catholicism"). Some 2,000 European Jews converted to Christianity every year during the 19th century, but in the 1890s the number was running closer to 3,000 per year, — 1,000 in Austria Hungary (Galizian Poland), 1,000 in Russia (Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, and Lithuania), 500 in Germany (Posen), and the remainder in the English world.
The Apostle Paul - As a Pharisee (a Judaic leader), Saul of Tarsus was an enemy of the Church and a persecutor of its believers. A vision while travelling left him temporarally blind and led him to be one of the most prominent Christians (Act 9:5) and author of many New Testament epistles. Abd-al-Masih (martyr) - a convert martyred for his faith  Michael Solomon Alexander - first Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem Petrus Alphonsi - physician in ordinary to King Alfonso VI of Castile Juan Alfonso de Baena - medieval Castilian troubadour Lovisa Augusti- opera singer and actress. Eduard Bendemann - German painter Sir Julius Benedict - English composer Leo de Benedicto Christiano - medieval financier Theodor Benfey - German philologist David Berkowitz - American serial killer  Michael Bernays - German professor of literature Gottfried Bernhardy - German philologist and literary historian Ludwig Börne - German political writer and satirist John Braham - English tenor opera star Moritz Wilhelm August Breidenbach - German jurist Julius Friedrich Cohnheim - German pathologist Isaac da Costa - Dutch language poet Abraham Capadose - Dutch physician and writer; friend of Isaac da Costa Carl Paul Caspari - Norwegian theologian Jehuda Cresques - Catalan cartographer Ferdinand David - German virtuoso violinist and composer Ludwig Dessoir - German actor Benjamin Disraeli - British Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party in the 19th century Alfred Döblin - German expressionist novelist
Bob Dylan - popular musician who converted to Christianity in 1979. He later began studying with Chabad, a branch of Hasidic Judaism, though his current religious affiliation is uncertain. See also information on Dylan's Conversion to Christianity, Born-again period and Religious beliefs. Alfred Edersheim - Biblical scholar Rachel Felix - French-Swiss theatre actress Pero Ferrús - Castilian poet Achille Fould - French financier and politician Jacob Frank - 18th century Jewish reformer Heinrich von Friedberg - German jurist and statesman Ludwig Friedländer - German philologist Arnold Fruchtenbaum - Founder of Ariel Ministries  Eduard Gans - German philosopher and jurist, exponent of the conservative Right Hegelians Hermann Mayer Salomon Goldschmidt - German astronomer and painter Heinrich Heine - German writer Friedrich Gustav Jakob Henle - German physician, pathologist and anatomist Jorge Isaacs - Colombian writer, politician and soldier Heinrich Jacoby - German educator Georg Jellinek - German legal philosopher Paul S. L. Johnson - American scholar and pastor David Kalisch - German playwright and humorist Felix Philipp Kanitz - Austro-Hungarian naturalist, geographer, ethnographer, archaeologist and author of travel notes Andrew Klavan - filmaker and novelist  Leopold Kronecker - German mathematician and logician Hermann Lebert - German physician Karl Lehrs - German classical scholar Osip Mikhailovich Lerner - 19th century Russian intellectual and lawyer Fanny Lewald - German author Tsaritsa Theodora of Bulgaria - Wife of tsar Ivan Alexander, tsaritsa in the late Second Bulgarian Empire Jean-Marie Lustiger- Cardinal, former Archbishop of Paris  Heinrich Gustav Magnus - German chemist and physicist Ludwig Immanuel Magnus - German mathematician Gustav Mahler - Composer (1860–1911) Hugh Montefiore - Anglican Bishop of Birmingham from 1977 to 1987 Robert Moses - politician and "master builder" of 20th century New York City Felix Mendelssohn - composer (1809–1847) Karl Friedrich Neumann - German orientalist Robert Novak - Raised in secular Jewish culture, he converted to Catholicism in May 1998 after his prolific career as a journalist, columnist, and political commentator. Harry Frederick Oppenheimer - South African businessman Francis Palgrave - English historian Corey Pavin - PGA golfer
Johannes Pfefferkorn - German theologian and writer Friedrich Adolf Philippi - German Lutheran theologian Howard Phillips - Prominent American conservative leader and former presidential candidate Lorenzo Da Ponte - Italian librettist Harry Reems - Adult film actor. David Ricardo - English political economist Hyman Rickover - a former admiral in USA navy Gillian Rose - British philosopher and sociologist Moishe Rosen — Founder of Jews for Jesus Anton Rubinstein — Russian pianist, composer, and conductor Samuel Isaac Joseph Schereschewsky — Episcopal Bishop of Shanghai, founder of Saint John's University, Shanghai, bible translator Martin Eduard von Simson — German jurist and politician Dan Spitz - lead guitarist of the heavy metal band Anthrax Friedrich Julius Stahl — Prussian jurist and conservative thinker Edith Stein - Nun, martyr, saint. Siegbert Tarrasch — Challenger for the World Chess Championship  Mordechai Vanunu — considered a whistle-blower on Israel's nuclear programme who was subsequently kidnapped, tried and imprisoned by Israel. Rahel Varnhagen (born Rahel Levin) - writer and saloniste Simone Weil — French philosopher and activist  Otto Weininger — Austrian philosopher Joseph Wolff — German missionary Sir Moses Ximenes — 18th century English merchant David Levy Yulee - United States Senator from Florida Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. - American actor Israel Zolli - former Chief Rabbi of Rome
From Rastafari movement
Bob Marley - Jamaican reggae singer Judy Mowatt - Jamaican reggae singer  Papa San - Jamaican reggae singer 
From Dharmic religions
David Yonggi Cho - Korean Christian leader; Senior Pastor of the Yoido Full Gospel Church. Mitsuo Fuchida - Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service Captain noted for involvement in the attack on Pearl Harbor. He later became a Christian evangelist.
Jaruvan Maintaka - Auditor-General (Thai: ) of the Kingdom of  Thailand Chieko N. Okazaki - Relief Society counselor (convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Talduwe Somarama - Former Buddhist monk and assassin. Charlie Soong - Chinese missionary Paul Williams - a professor in Indian Religions at the University of Bristol, England. Williams was a Buddhist himself for many years but has since converted to Roman Catholicism.
Y._S._Rajasekhara_Reddy - Former CM of Andhra Pradesh. Tal Brooke (former follower of Sathya Sai Baba)- Christian apologist Jayasudha - South Indian actress. Sister Nirmala - succeeded Mother Teresa as Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity in March 1997. Pandita Ramabai - Indian Social Reformer Krishna Pal - First Indian convert to Christianity due to the missionary activity of William Carey; Subsequently preached the gospel for 20 years, before his passing  Ramesh Ponuru - Writer and Editor for conservative magazine National Review
Michael Madhusudan Dutt - Great Bengali poet  Gnanendramohan Tagore - First Asian to be called to the bar in England Krishna Mohan Banerjee - Prominent educator, linguist, and missionary Lal Behari Dey - Highly respected Bengali journalist and writer; author of the award-winning tract The falsity of the Hindu Religion Anak Agung Pandji Tisna - A novelist, writer, former king of Buleleng, Bali  Rabi Maharaj - Former Brahmin guru; Founder of East/West Gospel Ministries and bestselling author of Death of a Guru: A Remarkable True Story of one Man's Search for Truth  Bobby Jindal - Current Louisiana governor
Nimrata Nikki Randhawa Haley - Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives and current candidate for Governor of South Carolina  Bakht Singh - Indian Christian  Duleep Singh - Maharajah of Punjab (later re-initiated into Sikhism in 1886).
Gurmit Singh - Singaporean actor of Indian, Chinese and Japanese decent known for his role in Phua Chu Kang as the title character. Sadhu Sundar Singh - Indian Christian 
From agnosticism or atheism
Steve Beren - Former member of the Socialist Workers Party (United States) who became a Christian conservative politician. Anders Borg - Sweden's Minister for Finance. Kirk Cameron - Actor, star of Growing Pains (former atheist) Bruce Cockburn - Canadian folk/rock guitarist and singer/songwriter. (former agnostic) Francis Collins - physician-geneticist, noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes, and the director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (former atheist) Larry Flynt - American publisher and pornographer; briefly converted under the auspice of Ruth Carter Stapleton. Joy Gresham - American writer and wife of C.S. Lewis (former atheist) Anna Haycraft - Raised in Auguste Comte's atheistic "church of humanity", but became a conservative Catholic in adulthood. Ignace Lepp - French psychiatrist whose parents were freethinkers and who joined the Communist party at age fifteen. He broke with the party in 1937 and eventually became a Catholic priest. Félix Leseur - Doctor turned priest. His conversion, in part, came by efforts of his wife who was declared a Servant of God by the Catholic Church. Khang Khek Leu (also known as Comrade Duch) - Cambodian director of Phnom Penh's infamous Tuol Sleng detention center C.S. Lewis - Oxford professor and writer; well known for The Chronicles of Narnia series, and for his apologetic Mere Christianity. Gabriel Marcel - French philosopher and playwright (former agnostic). Norma McCorvey - "Jane Roe" in Roe v. Wade Alister McGrath - Biochemist and Christian theologian. Founder of 'Scientific theology' and critic of Richard Dawkins in his book Dawkins' God: Genes, Memes, and the Meaning of Life  Czesław Miłosz - Nobel prize winning poet Nina Karin Monsen - a Norwegian moral philosopher and author who grew up in a humanist family, but later convert to Christianity through philosophic thinking. Lacey Mosley - Vocalist and lyricist for Alternative metal band Flyleaf. William J. Murray - author and son of atheist activist Madalyn Murray O'Hair Bernard Nathanson Medical doctor who was a founding member of NARAL, later becoming a Pro-Life proponent. Marvin Olasky - Former Marxist turned Christian conservative, he edits the Christian World magazine.
Enoch Powell - Conservative Party (UK) member who converted to Anglicanism. George R. Price - Geneticist who became an Evangelical Christian and wrote about the New Testament. Later he moderated his evangelistic tendencies and switched from religious writing to working with the homeless. Anne Rice - author of Interview with the Vampire Dame Cicely Saunders - Templeton Prize and Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize winning nurse known for palliative care. She converted to Christianity as a young woman. Edith Stein - Phenomenologist philosopher who converted to Catholicism and became a Discalced Carmelite nun; declared a saint by John Paul II. Peter Steele - Lead singer of Type O Negative. Lee Strobel - Author of The Case for Christ (former atheist) Allen Tate - American poet, essayist and social commentator, and Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. Evelyn Waugh - British writer (former agnostic). Fay Weldon - British novelist and feminist. Monty White - British Young Earth Creationist (former atheist) John C. Wright - Science fiction author. Nicko McBrain - Michael Henry best known as "Nicko" McBrain, drummer for Iron Maiden heavy metal band.
From Cao Dai
Phan Thị Kim Phúc - Subject of a Pulitzer Prize winning photograph by "Nick" Ut, she now heads a fund for children victims of war.
Note: It is debated whether Confucianism is a religion and some Confucians who became Christians considered themselves to remain Confucian in philosophy.
Hong Sa-ik - a Korean-Japanese World War II General who was executed for war crimes after the war. Heup Young Kim - Theologian and member of the International Society for Science and Religion Nakamura Masanao - Member of the Meirokusha who was baptized, largely retained the Confucian ideals that were compatible with Christianity. Xi Shengmo - Chinese Christian leader.
Paganism is a term which, from a Western perspective, has come to connote a broad set of spiritual or cultic practices or beliefs of any folk religion, and of historical and contemporary polytheistic religions in particular. While the term has historically been used to denote adherents of any non-Abrahamic faith, for the purposes of this list, only adherents of non-major polytheistic, shamanistic, pantheistic, or animistic religions will be listed in this section.
Aebbe the Elder - Scottish monastic founder. Saint Alban - first Christian martyr in Britain. Saint Apollonius - 2nd century Roman Senator, Christian apologist and martyr. Charles Atangana - paramount chief of the Ewondo and Bane ethnic groups in Cameroon; first Ewondo to be baptised. Francis Arinze - Nigerian Roman Catholic cardinal. Athenagoras of Athens - philosopher and early Christian apologist. Saint Barbara - Orthodox Christian martyr. Saint Bavo - eremitic monk who lived during the Dark Ages. Borivoj I of Bohemia - Duke of Bohemia (852/853 - 888/889). Félix Houphouët-Boigny - first President of Côte d'Ivoire. Boris I of Bulgaria - Bulgarian ruler and monk. Pertinax of Byzantium - Bishop of Byzantium from 169 until his death in 187. Cenwalh of Wessex - King of Wessex. Clovis I - early king of the Franks. Coelia Concordia - last Roman Vestal Virgin. Commodianus - Latin poet; first practiced Judaism, and later converted to Christianity. Constantine I (the Great) - Roman Emperor who legalized Christianity in the Edict of Milan in 313. Constantine of Cornwall - 6th century king of Dumnonia. Saint Constantine of Strathclyde - King of Strathclyde, and later abbot of Rahan. Samuel Ajayi Crowther - first African Anglican bishop in Nigeria. Cynegils - Anglo-Saxon king of the West Saxons. Saint Cyriacus - early Christian saint. Dionysius the Pseudo-Areopagite - judge of the Areopagus and early Bishop of Athens. Raedwald of East Anglia - King of East Anglia from about AD 599 to about AD 625. Sigeberht of East Anglia - King of East Anglia from AD 631 to 634. Leif Ericson - Icelandic Viking explorer. Saint Eustace - early Christian who was martyred, with his family, in a brazen bull.
Evodius - early Bishop of Antioch who (according to tradition) first called the disciples of Christ "Christians". Gaius Marius Victorinus - Roman philosopher. Gelelemend - A prominent Lenape convert to the Moravian Church. Riderch Hael - King of Strathclyde who established the first See of Strathclyde at Glasgow. Hone Heke - Māori chief and war leader in New Zealand. Honoratus - former Archbishop of Arles. Horapollo - leader of the few remaining pagan schools of Menouthis during Emperor Zeno's reign (474-491) who converted to Christianity after being tortured. Jogaila - former King of Poland. Saint Julius the Veteran - early Christian martyr. Queen Kaʻahumanu - Hawaiian monarch, wife of Kamehameha I. Helen Kalvak - Inuit artist from Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories, Canada. Ethelbert of Kent - King of Kent. Jomo Kenyatta - first Prime Minister and President of Kenya. Vladimir I of Kiev - Grand Prince of Kiev. Guthrum of East Anglia - King of the Danish Vikings in the Danelaw. Lactantius - early Christian author. Saint Ludmila - Orthodox Christian saint and martyr. Bernard Mizeki - African Christian missionary and martyr. Justin Martyr - early Christian apologist. Peada of Mercia - King of southern Mercia; helped found the monastery at Peterborough. Tāmati Wāka Nene - Māori chief who fought as an ally of the British in the Flagstaff War. Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba - Queen of Ndongo and Matamba in the 16th century. Leonard of Noblac - Frankish noble in the court of Clovis I. Rollo of Normandy - Founder of Viking province of Normandy. Samson Occom - Mohegan minister. Edwin of Northumbria - King of Deira and Bernicia. Saint Olaf - King of Norway. Pancras of Rome - early Roman Christian martyr. Saint Pantaleon (Panteleimon) - early Christian physician and martyr. Pocahontas - Native American celebrity in 17th century London. Polycarp - early Christian bishop. Rabbula - early Bishop of Edessa. Ranavalona II - Queen of Madagascar. Rorik of Dorestad - Danish Viking leader. Rumwold - legendary "infant saint". Sabinian of Troyes - Christian martyr. Joseph Shabalala - lead singer, founder and musical director of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Tertullian - Church leader and author
Theophilus of Antioch - early Patriarch of Antioch. Waraqah ibn Nawfal - Parental cousin of Khadija, Prophet Muhammad's first wife. Hong Sa-ik - a Korean-Japanese World War II General who was executed for war crimes after the war. Heup Young Kim - Theologian and member of the International Society for Science and Religion Nakamura Masanao - Member of the Meirokusha who was baptized, largely retained the Confucian ideals that were compatible with Christianity. Xi Shengmo - Chinese Christian leader.
St. Augustine of Hippo
Bartolo Longo - Italian satanic priest who converted to Catholicism, became a lay Dominican and founded a lay prayer society. On October 26, 1980 he was beatified by Pope John Paul II, who called him the "Apostle of the Rosary" and mentioned him specifically in his encyclical letter "Rosarium Virginis Mariae" (The Rosary of the Virgin Mary). Jeffrey Dahmer - American serial killer and cannibal. Dahmer dabbled in Satanism before his arrest, but later converted to Christianity while in prison. Sean Sellers - American murderer.
Mar Abba I, Metropolitan bishop and saint of the Assyrian Church of the East
Undetermined former religion
Jin Au-Yeung - a Chinese-American hip hop rapper, songwriter and actor. Became a born again Christian in 2008. Spencer Chamberlain - Lead vocalist of the Christian metalcore band Underoath, was not raised in a religious home.
Tony Fontane - popular recording artist in the 1940s and 1950s René Girard - philosophical anthropologist Brian Welch former Korn guitarist and current Contemporary Christian music singer and guitarist Neal Morse Progressive Rock Musician Nicko McBrain - Iron Maiden drummer.
Notes and references
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