While there are those who would make the evangelist a church-planter or equate him with the modern missionary, there is no real Biblical basis for such claims. The evangelist is a man of God who has been called of God to that particular ministry (Ephesians 4:11). A careful look at the life and ministry of Philip, the evangelist, reminds one of the ministries of the modern day evangelist. While his mode of travel may have undergone much change, his ministry remains much the same as described in Acts 8; mass evangelism, personal evangelism and an itinerant ministry in the churches.
—Ken Lynch, The Evangelist: His Life and Ministry to the Church and World, 24