This may not come as a surprise to you, but Christianity is a two thousand year-old religion. For much of my life in Protestantism this little fact was completely off my radar. Two thousand years is actually a really long time and considering that the period after the Reformation makes up only one-fourth of that actual timeline of the church, I believe it’s worth it for all Christians (Protestant, Catholic and Eastern Orthodox) to always try and learn more about those voices of faith who helped guide the church through it’s early struggles to the place it is today.
So I present to you 5 notable people from the 1st through 4th centuries who I consider to be essential. (NOTE: You can see my list of the 5 women of the early church you need to know about here.)