Famous "former" Pentecostals
Many people find the road to fame and fortune regardless of where
they've come from. Some find happiness with their secular success,
while others can't bury unresolved problems regardless of their
new-found and hard-earned wealth.
Many people leaving Pentecostal congregations, though, have a hard
time doing anything once they've left -- much less
getting rich and famous. The list below illustrates a few who did
leave Pentecostalism and were able to define their own lives
afterwards. It isn't an endorsement of any of their lives, just an
illustration that there is life after Pentecost . . . and you
are the one sitting at the drawing board!
Forever crowned the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis may have been
shaped by his roots in Pentecostalism. Raised in poverty, he sat on a
Pentecostal pew growing up, soaking up gospel music that would
influence his career later on.
Toni Braxton was one
of the hottest chart climbers during the nineties for both pop
and R&B charts. She was also the daughter of an
Apostolic preacher! For more on Toni and her roots . . . click below!
Sam Kineson was not only a preacher's kid, but also a preacher
himself -- a real cynical one who found that the comedy stage paid
more, and he didn't have to lie anymore. His raucous comedy routines
offended just about everybody -- not just Christians. Take him or
leave him -- he was a product of our heritage who made a name for
himself on his own terms.
Phil Jackson (famed Basketball coach)
He may have ran the court while coaching such stars as Shaquille
O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, and Michael Jordan -- but did he once run the
aisles? Read about this former Pentecostal PK-er in the links below.
While some Pentecostals
sing about bringing back the "old time
religion," D'Angelo has been cited for bringing back "funk" to
the music scene. Read about him and his Pentecostal past below.
The young singer who started singing in
childrens choir in a Pentecostal church in Ontario, Canada is now
world known for her music style and lyrics.
Someone well known in the music industry who was
raised in "ferverent
with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrom or another affective disorder.
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know of any celebrities from movies, music, sports, TV, politics,
print media, etc., that had a Pentecostal/Charismatic past they've
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celebrity must be a FORMER Pentecostal or Charismatic
(Denzel Washington and John Ashcroft are examples of CURRENT