List of Methodists

This list deals with those who are notable in the history or culture of all Methodist churches. For other Methodists who are not notable in Methodist history or culture, see Category:Methodists.

Early leaders [ edit ]

Early women preachers [ edit ]

Clergy [ edit ]

Bishops [ edit ]

Missionaries [ edit ]

Theologians [ edit ]

Laity [ edit ]

This concerns those not of the Methodist clergy who are still of importance to the history or culture of Methodists.

Women Lay Leaders [ edit ]

  • Belle Harris Bennett (1852–1922) – missionary and suffragist from Richmond Kentucky who led the Southern Methodist Church reform giving women full laity rights in 1919

Educators [ edit ]

Entertainers [ edit ]

Politicians [ edit ]

Note: The religion of these non-clergy Methodists should relate to their historical significance.

Scientists [ edit ]

Note: They should have some involvement in religion and science discussion in order to be relevant.

Writers (including hymn writers) [ edit ]

  • William F. Albright – Methodist archeologist who writes on Bible archaeology
  • Samuel ChadwickThe Way to Pentecost
  • Phoebe Knapp – Methodist hymn writer
  • Ann Griffiths – poet and hymn writer (convert from Anglicanism)
  • William Williams Pantycelyn – Welsh Methodist hymn writer (Calvinistic Methodist and preacher)
  • Eudora Welty – wrote in One Writer's Beginnings that "we went to the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and of course we never saw anything strange about Methodists." (p. 34)

Fictional characters [ edit ]


  • Superman – also known as Clark Kent or Kal-El. Superman is the archetypal costumed super-hero. He is clearly the most influential character in the comic book super-hero genre. The character was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, both of whom were Jewish. The character of Superman, however, has always been depicted as having been raised with a solidly Protestant upbringing by his adoptive Midwestern parents – Jonathan and Martha Kent. Of Clark's parents, Martha is the more devout churchgoer. Clark Kent was raised as a Methodist. The Kents are Methodists, although Jonathan is not as regular a churchgoer as his wife.
  • Superboy – also known as Conner Kent or Kon-El Superboy is a clone made from the DNA of Superman (who was raised as a Methodist) and Lex Luthor (a Nietzschean atheist). Superboy was being raised by Jonathan and Martha Kent, who were also the adoptive parents of Clark Kent, the Kryptonian infant orphan who grew up to be Superman.
  • Jonathan and Martha Kent – Clark and Conner Kent's adopted parents.
  • Supergirl – real name is Linda Danvers, the fictional character of Supergirl (the post-Crisis version written prominently by Peter David during the late 1980s and 1990s) was an active Methodist. Supergirl's minister, Rev. Larry Varvel, was based on a real-life Methodist minister of the same name.
  • Sylvia Danvers – Supergirl's (Linda Danvers) Mother, a church assistant studying for the ministry.
  • Hank, Peggy, and Bobby Hill along with majority of King of the Hill characters – attend Arlen First Methodist Church.
  • Atoman – also known as Craig Wallace, one of the Seven Sentinels
  • Amanda Waller – also known as The Wall, White Queen, and Black King—leader of the Suicide Squad and Checkmate
  • Francine Peters-Silver – one of the characters in Strangers in Paradise
  • Church Mice – comic strip character created by Karl Zorowski[15]
  • Samuel and Rose Sayer – Methodist missionaries played by Robert Morley and Katharine Hepburn in John Huston's film adaption of C. S. Forester's novel, The African Queen.

Notes [ edit ]

What is this?