Christianity is a religion that is built on converts. In its early days, the faith had few to no children who were born into Christian families. Instead, most Christians came from either a Jewish or Greco-Roman pagan background. Some of these converts were lucky enough to be converted by Jesus Himself. Many others eventually joined Christianity after hearing the sermons of the Apostles, especially Peter and Paul. These converts then went on to convert others. Some converted their families to Christianity, others converted friends, strangers and, since early Christianity was very popular among servants and slaves, their masters or employers.
Evangelism could be life-threatening in early Christianity when the religion was practically under siege. Rome cracked down hard on the faith culminating with Nero using Christians as scapegoats for the Great Fire of Rome in 64 A.D. Despite the danger, Christians continued to spread their faith, and the religion continued to grow in the shadows. While every convert was valuable, some had a greater influence on the fledgling religion than others. Here are five famous Christian conversions that helped shape Christianity.