Chip and Jo Named in Time’s Top 100 Influential People

Chip and Joanna Gaines

Chip and Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper fame have been nominated for Time Magazine’s Top 100 Influential People for 2019. The Christian couple is being recognized in the “artists” category of Time’s list.

“People matter. Loving people matters. And Jo and Chip are amazing at loving people,” Tim Tebow said of the couple.

Each year, Time Magazine encourages readers to vote on the artists, leaders, scientists, activists and entrepreneurs who have “changed the world over the last year—for better or worse.” Voting took place between March 27 and April 16 this year. Editors of the magazine chose the final list, although they indicate they kept the reader’s poll in mind as they made their final selections. The list was announced on April 17.

Chip and Joanna Gaines on the List With Some Other Very Famous People

On Tuesday, April 23, honorees on the list gathered in New York City at the Rose Hall Theater. Among the other influential people on the list are actors like Glenn Close and Dwayne Johnson, artists Arianna Grande and Taylor Swift, and political leaders like Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi and Jacinda Ardern. Pope Francis also made the list.

Chip and Joanna made the trip to New York City to attend the event. They both posted pictures on their Instagram accounts of the occasion, noting they were thankful to be there (although Chip’s caption takes a quintessentially humorous take of the event).

Tim Tebow Is a Big Fan of Chip and Jo

Tebow wanted to highlight Chip and Joanna’s generosity and gave the following comment to Time:

Joanna and Chip Gaines are two incredible people with incredible hearts. Through remarkably hard work, Jo and Chip have created a platform to be able to impact lives with extreme generosity—first with their HGTV show, Fixer Upper, and soon with their own TV network.

On Fixer Upper, when I helped Jo and Chip build an accessible home for a family with two children in wheelchairs, I saw firsthand the genuine passion they have for making a difference in people’s lives. (I also learned that Chip is just as competitive as I am, and that Jo is ready to tackle any problems that arise.) They are also grounded in a strong faith, which keeps them focused on what truly matters in life. People matter. Loving people matters. And Jo and Chip are amazing at loving people.

Chip and Joanna are not only known for their generosity in the broader culture, but also in their home town of Waco, Texas. Earlier this year the couple gave a “homeless church” a space to meet on their Silos property. The couple has also been praised for the example of a healthy marriage that they display through their television show.

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Megan Briggs
Megan Briggs is a writer and editor for ChurchLeaders.com. Her experience in ministry, an extensive amount of which was garnered overseas, gives her a unique perspective on the global church. She has the longsuffering and altruistic nature of foreign friends and missionaries to humbly thank for this experience. Megan is passionate about seeking and proclaiming the truth. When she’s not writing, Megan likes to explore God’s magnificent creation.

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