I believe we are shaped by those whom we admire. Here are my personal heroes. I guess the common theme for me is admiration for those whose faith informed all that they did (or didn't do)
The Right Reverend Barbara C. Harris, 1st woman consecrated as Bishop in the Anglican Communion. Bishop Barbara ordained me to the priesthood. As far as I know, I am the only woman in the Anglican Communion to be ordained by Bishop Barbara. She is also one of the warmest (and funniest!) Bishops I know.
MC Hammer (Stanley Kirk Burrell) -- I've always loved his music, but love even more that he holds both his faith and his fascination with technology in creative tension. He took a situation which might have broken (or at least discouraged!) many -- losing most of his money and reputation as a recording artist-- and turned his life to God. Holly Robinson Peete - all mothers of autistic children are heroes to me, but Holly Robinson Peete and her daughter took their experience and turned it into a book: "My Brother Charlie." The book made an enormous difference to my daughter's understanding of her Aspie brother, and inspired us to wrote our own book (still in process)
I LOVE (Hate) My Brother.