Itinerant preacher

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Illustration from The Circuit Rider: A Tale of the Heroic Age by Edward Eggleston depicting a Methodist circuit rider on horseback.

An itinerant preacher (also known as an itinerant minister or evangelist or circuit rider) is a Christian evangelist who preaches the basic Christian redemption message while traveling around to different groups of people within a relatively short period of time.[1] The movement is different from longer term church planting missions and discipleship.


Early 1st Century New Testament figures such as John the Baptist[2] and Paul of Tarsus were known for extensively traveling and preaching to unreached peoples in the Middle East and Europe, although often staying for longer periods than modern itinerant evangelists.

Starting in the eighteenth century, the Methodists were known for sending out itinerant preachers known as circuit riders to share the message.[3][4]

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  1. ^ "Circuit Preacher David Brown". Religion and Ethics News Weekly. PBS. August 31, 2007.
  2. ^ Jaroslav Rindoš, He of Whom it is Written: John the Baptist and Elijah in Luke (2010), p. 110
  3. ^ Neely, Thomas Benjamin (1914). The minister in the itinerant system. Fleming H. Revell company.
  4. ^ Haime, Frederick Charles (1865). An itinerant preacher; or, Sketches from the life of the rev. Charles Haime. Hamilton, Adams & Co.