Russell Brand Baptized In River Thames

Apr 30, 2024

Actor and comedian Russell Brand was baptized in the River Thames on Sunday after years of journeying into his faith.

“Yesterday I got baptized, and it was an incredible, profound experience,” Brand told his followers on social media. “Many aspects of it were very intimate and personal. The truth is this: as a person who has, in the past, taken many, many substances and always been disappointed with their inability to deliver the kind of tranquility and peace and even transcendence that I’ve always felt I’ve been looking for… something occurred in the process of baptism that was incredible; overwhelming.”

‘New Resource Within Me’

Brand also said that he felt as if “some new resource with me has switched on,” according to Christian Headlines. “This is new for me, I’m learning … but this is my path now,” Brand said. “And I already feel incredibly blessed, relieved, nourished, held. It’s been an incredible experience.” (LEARN MORE: Actor Dennis Quaid Credits God For Helping Him Through Addiction)

“I’m so grateful to be surrendered in Christ,” he concluded. But why did Brand decide to finally take the leap and join God in all of His glory?

“An opportunity to leave the past behind and be reborn in Christ’s name, like it says in Galatians,” he said in a video posted prior to his baptism. “That you can live as an enlightened and awakened person.” Brand’s journey also included reading Christian literature, including “The Problem of Pain” by C.S. Lewis and “The Purpose-Driven Life” by Rick Warren, both of which helped him put his relationship with God as a top priority.

“Like many desperate people, I need spirituality. I need God, or I cannot cope in this world. I need to believe in the best in people,” Brand told Tucker Carlson in 2023. He added that he “didn’t have enough self-discipline to resist the allure of stardom,” and “fell face-first into the glitter, and I’m only just pulling myself out now.” (RELATED: Superstar Actor Speaks Of ‘Spiritual Awakening’)

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