11 Christian YouTubers To Be Watching
Any idea how many hours of video are watched on YouTube every day?
One BILLION—you heard that right.
One billion hours equates to over 114,000 years. That’s over one tenth of a million years’ worth of video consumed by YouTube users every single day. How crazy is that?
Additionally, YouTube is said to be the second largest search engine in the world, behind only Google. 1.5 billion people use it monthly, and 5 billion videos are watched on it every single day. A staggering 80% of 18-49 year-olds watch YouTube, and if we look at 13-17 year-olds, the numbers come in even higher at 90%—which means YouTube reaches more people than any cable network in the U.S.
To be honest, up until last year my personal YouTube usage didn’t extend too far beyond looking up a song to listen to here or there, or streaming sermons on my commute. But last year I discovered a few YouTubers whose channels I began to keep up with, and the more I started to explore the world of YouTube, the more I realized just how vast it is.
At the start of this year, I decided to add my own voice to the choir of incredible creators on YouTube because you know, NEW YEAR, NEW YOU(Tube Channel). 😉 (That’s how the saying goes, right?)
My primary motivation for starting a YouTube channel was simply that for a few months, I sensed God putting it on my heart—and as much as the idea
freaked me out intimidated me, I wanted to be obedient to His prompting. (If you want to hear more about that backstory, and the turning point moment that made me finally decide to take the leap, you can find it in my first YouTube video).
I couldn’t have rattled off any of the above stats to you when I was thinking about starting, but the more I look at them, the more sure I am of the need for creators who are going to pour positivity into a platform where so much media is being consumed. Which brings me to the topic of this post.
There are a ton of Christian bloggers and Instagrammers out there (which is amazing!), but YouTube is a bit less of a saturated market. Which is why in the last couple months, I’ve loved seeing several people I know—whether from online or my own personal life—go for it. Whether through overtly faith-based content, or through bringing their own unique passion and personality to some other niche, it’s been cool to see people bringing light to a platform where so many people are spending their time.
That being said, in this post I want to highlight a few of my favorite Christian YouTubers to help get their names out there. The way I see it, every minute spent watching one of these channels or others like them is a minute not spent watching one of the many other, potentially less helpful options available.
DISCLAIMER: There are many other amazing Christian YouTubers out there—this is by no means a comprehensive list! I just had to make it manageably-sized. Below, I picked a few of the Christian YouTubers I personally watch and enjoy, including a handful from my own life. You can click on any of the photos to access their channels. Without further ado here they are, in no particular order!
11 CHRISTIAN YOUTUBERS TO BE WATCHING
1. KRISTIN JOHNS
Kristin’s channel is what initially introduced me to the YouTube world, and she’s one of my absolute favorites. She has such a sweet, kind, and sincere spirit, and whether she’s showing you her monthly favorites or doing a challenge video, she’s always fun to watch, and she infuses such positivity into your day. Also, not going to lie, I completely changed up my makeup routine after watching her tutorials—her makeup always looks so good! While the majority of Kristin’s content isn’t overtly faith-based, she does talk about her faith here and there, like in her testimony video—but no matter what the topic is, Jesus’ light shines brightly through Kristin in all of her videos.
2. BRIGHTON KELLER
I first discovered Brighton on Instagram—while her feed is primarily outfit shots, as she’s a fashion blogger, it was actually her Instagram Stories that drew me in. She talks about everything from faith to fashion to fitness with such openness and honestly that you can’t help but feel like you’re sitting on her couch or in her car with her talking to a friend. I can’t tell you how many times she’s shared something and I’ve thought, wow, I’m so glad I’m not the only one! All that to say, when I saw she also had a YouTube channel, I was all in. Brighton is definitely a thinker and I love learning from her—whether it be through a video on faith or a video on how to get more volume in your hair.
3. JONATHAN DIRMANN
Jonathan is the pastor of a church down in Lake Elsinore, CA, but I know him as friend because he is the husband of one of my best friends, Marlene! He recently launched his YouTube channel, The Jonathan Dirmann Show, where he tackles controversial topics and current events. What I love about Jonathan’s channel is that he gives fresh insight on topics you tend to hear the same 'ole arguments on, and communicates his position in a way that makes you think, but also welcomes dialogue with those who may disagree with him. I think there's a lot to be said of his willingness to tackle topics that have the potential to be pretty divisive. Personally, I've learned a lot from watching his videos, and whether or not you find yourself on the same side of the spectrum as him, I think you will too!
4. SADIE ROBERTSON
If you’ve ever heard of a little TV show called Duck Dynasty, or Dancing With The Stars, then you know exactly who Sadie is. Though she gained a platform through those shows, Sadie utilized it to become a motivational speaker, an author, and the founder of a blog called Live Original, which exists to equip its readers to step into their God-given purposes. Sadie’s YouTube channel is just one of the many outlets she uses to encourage others and boldly point them toward God. In addition to videos like “3 Common Christian Questions,” on it you’ll also find fun cover videos and challenge videos.
5. ELISE HODGE OF SHE IS LIGHT
I know Elise through the community of faith bloggers I’m connected with—her blog, She Is Light, was actually the first blog I was ever a guest contributor for! Elise’s mission is to help people step into the passions and purposes God has given them. She’s also all about women empowering other women but this isn’t just something she says, it’s something she lives—she has been such a big cheerleader of all that God is doing in my own life. If you’re a Christian woman looking for encouragement and advice in figuring out how to live fully as God has designed you to live, Elise’s YouTube channel is a must for you!
6. JEFFERSON & ALYSSA BETHKE
You may remember Jefferson Bethke as the guy who did a spoken word YouTube video on “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus.” It went viral back in 2012, which launched his career as an entrepreneur—he speaks, creates podcasts and YouTube videos, and has a blog. But I didn’t discover Jeff until maybe a couple years ago, once he was already married to his wife Alyssa—and can I just say, this couple is GOALS. I love that they are quirky, have fun together, and ultimately love God with their whole hearts—and that they work as a team to encourage others toward Him, creating Scripturally sound resources that equip people to walk out their faith in practical ways. Despite all they do (they also host marriage conferences and have written books both as individuals and together), they still make family a priority (and have THE cutest kids). In addition to their YouTube channel, where they cover everything from relationships to practicing Sabbath, I’m also a huge fan of their podcast, Love That Lasts.
7. ASHLEY TERK HODGES
I first discovered Ashley through her mom, who just so happens to be one of my all time favorite authors, Lysa TerKeurst. Ashley is a blogger and Instagrammer whose mission is to share Jesus through her passions of fashion, lifestyle, and travel—but she recently started a YouTube channel as well, which I love! Whether she’s doing a Q&A or sharing outfit ideas, I always enjoy watching her content. She has such an enthusiastic, peppy personality, and the way she chases after her goals and dreams always leaves me feeling inspired to do the same with mine.
8. SHANNON TEYLER
Shannon is an IRL friend of mine, and my hairdresser, and I can’t tell you how excited I was when I saw that she launched her YouTube channel! First things first, she is MEGA talented. I’ve always been pretty particular when it comes to getting my hair done (I was the little girl who used to cry if they cut off even a little bit too much—embarrassing, but true). But since I started going to Shannon, I have never walked away anything but happy with my hair. Even so, the results aren’t my favorite part of appointments with Shannon—catching up with her while I sit in her chair is. She is the most genuine, loving, and enjoyable person to talk to—which is a good thing, because I have a lot of hair so my appointments generally aren’t short. Anyway, watching her videos feels sort of like sitting in her chair. Her channel is brand new, but it will be full of the tips and tricks she uses to achieve different looks, as well as the hair science behind certain trends, which is super interesting!
9. JORDAN LEE DOOLEY
Jordan is the founder of the successful blog SoulScripts, which is known for its tagline “Your Brokenness Is Welcome Here.” She is a huge inspiration to me when it comes to blogging, so when I saw that she started a YouTube channel during the couple months I was thinking about it, it was one of the nudges that encouraged me to step forward. Her videos give encouraging, Biblical advice on many of the same topics her blog covers—friendships, dating, blogging, Bible study, and stepping into your purpose.
10. SHE IS CAPTIVATING
Amanda was one of the first online blogger friends of mine to start a YouTube channel and in many ways, it was her channel that showed me the untouched opportunity YouTube holds for faith-based content creators. Amanda’s YouTube channel is similar to her Instagram, She Is Captivating, in that it is always encouraging, and always points back to God. I loved her video “How I Conquered Fear In My Life”, as well as her video “The Praise Reflex”. Amanda is also the first online blogger friend of mine who I got to meet IRL—check out this post from our trip together.
11. VICTORIA SOWELL
Victoria is another IRL friend of mine with a brand new YouTube channel, which is a fun extension of her lifestyle blog, Victoria Truthfully. I love that she covers both lighter lifestyle topics as well as deeper heart things, bringing fresh creativity and insight to everything she does. She also gives the best recommendations and I love her excitement about the new things she discovers—I can’t tell you how many times I’ve picked up a book or looked into a new beauty product because she talked about it, and I’ve never once regretted doing so.
There you have it, 11 Christian YouTubers to be watching! Of course, there’s another to add to the list too if you haven’t yet checked out my channel. 😉 My video topics so far include “If You’re Feeling Restless or Unfulfilled” and “Singleness & Dating: Waiting on God, or Taking Initiative?” You can subscribe to my channel here so you don’t miss future videos.
What did you think of this list? Have you watched any of these channels? Are there other Christian YouTubers you love? Let me know in the comments!