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Famous Male Pastors

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List of famous male pastors, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male pastors list contains the most prominent and top males known for being pastors. There are thousand of males working as pastors in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic pastors have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a pastor then the people below should give you inspiration.

List below includes Corey J. Hodges, James Lamar McElhany and more people.

While this isn't a list of all male pastors, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male pastors?" and "Who are the best male pastors?"

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    Martin Luther King is a fictional character in the film Theme of the Traitor and the Hero.more

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    • Age: Died at 39 (1929-1968)
    • Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Civil rights activist, Writer, Minister of religion
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    Fred Phelps
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    Fred Waldron Phelps, Sr. was an American pastor who headed the Westboro Baptist Church, an independent Baptist church based in Topeka, Kansas. Phelps attained notoriety primarily from his vehemently anti-gay activism and his picketing of funerals of homosexuals and soldiers. Phelps was a disbarred ...more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1929-2014)
    • Birthplace: Meridian, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Pastor, Lawyer
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    Pat Robertson
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    Marion Gordon "Pat" Robertson is an American media mogul, executive chairman, and a former Southern Baptist minister, who generally supports conservative Christian ideals. He presently serves as chancellor and CEO of Regent University and chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network. Robertson has a ...more

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    • Age: age 85
    • Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Environmentalist, Entrepreneur, Military Officer, Televangelist, + more
    • Credits: The 700 Club
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    Joel Scott Osteen is an American preacher, televangelist, author, and the Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church, the largest Protestant church in the United States, in Houston, Texas. His televised sermons are seen by over 7 million viewers weekly and over 20 million monthly in over 100 countries. Osteen has ...more

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Evangelist, Author, Televangelist, Pastor, Writer, + more
    • Credits: Friends of God: A Road Trip with Alexandra Pelosi, Just Laugh
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    Harold Egbert Camping was an American Christian radio broadcaster, author and evangelist. Beginning in 1958, he served as president of Family Radio, a California-based radio station group that broadcasts to more than 150 markets in the United States. In October 2011, he retired from active broadcasting ...more

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    • Age: Died at 92 (1921-2013)
    • Birthplace: Colorado, United States of America
    • Profession: Civil engineer, Author, Radio personality, Televangelist, Pastor, + more
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    Ted Haggard
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    Ted Arthur Haggard is an American evangelical pastor. Known as Pastor Ted to the congregation he served, he was the founder and former pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado; a founder of the Association of Life-Giving Churches; and was leader of the National Association of ...more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Yorktown, Mount Pleasant Township, Indiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Evangelist, Pastor, Preacher
    • Credits: The Root of All Evil?, Friends of God: A Road Trip with Alexandra Pelosi, The Trials of Ted Haggard
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    Cornel Ronald West is an American philosopher, academic, activist, author, public intellectual, and prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America. The son of a Baptist minister, West received his undergraduate education at Harvard University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1973, and ...more

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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: USA, Oklahoma, Tulsa
    • Profession: Activist, Author, Actor, Writer, Critic, + more
    • Credits: The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Call + Response, On the Shoulders of Giants, + more
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    Jerry Lamon Falwell, Sr. was an American evangelical Southern Baptist pastor, televangelist, and a conservative political commentator. He was the founding pastor of the Thomas Road Baptist Church, a megachurch in Lynchburg, Virginia. He founded Lynchburg Christian Academy in 1967, Liberty University in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1933-2007)
    • Birthplace: Lynchburg, Virginia, United States of America
    • Profession: Televangelist, Pastor, Writer
    • Credits: Friends of God: A Road Trip with Alexandra Pelosi, Diagnosis: AIDS
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    Joseph Ward Simmons, known by the stage name Rev. Run or DJ Run, is one of the founding members of the influential hip hop group Run–D.M.C.. He is also a practicing minister, known as Reverend Run. He found new popularity in 2005 with his family's MTV reality show Run's House.more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Rapper, Television producer, Musician, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Red Dragon, Krush Groove, Run's House, Chuck D's Hip Hop Hall of Fame, Daddy's Girls, + more
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    Andrew Young
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    Andrew Jackson Young is an American politician, diplomat, activist and pastor from Georgia. He has served as a Congressman from Georgia's 5th congressional district, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, and Mayor of Atlanta. He served as President of the National Council of Churches USA, ...more

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    • Age: age 83
    • Birthplace: Area code 504, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Louisiana, + more
    • Profession: Politician, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Pastor
    • Credits: Sing Your Song, Children of Fate: Life and Death in a Sicilian Family, Pet Alien, Arthur Ashe: Citizen of the World, Pet Alien: Aliens Unleashed
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    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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    Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church. His writings on Christianity's role in the secular world have become widely influential, and his book The Cost of Discipleship became a modern classic. Apart from his ...more

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    • Age: Died at 39 (1906-1945)
    • Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
    • Profession: Theologian, Pastor, Writer
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    Rick Warren
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    Richard Duane "Rick" Warren is an American evangelical Christian pastor and author. He is the founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church, an evangelical megachurch in Lake Forest, California, that is the eighth-largest church in the United States.. He is also a bestselling author of many Christian ...more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Evangelist, Author, Pastor, Writer
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    Myles Munroe, OBE was a Bahamian Evangelical Christian evangelist and ordained Pentecostal minister who founded and led the Bahamas Faith Ministries International and Myles Munroe International. He was chief executive officer and chairman of the board of the International Third World Leaders Association ...more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Nassau, Bahamas
    • Profession: Author, Pastor
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    Norman Vincent Peale
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    Dr. Norman Vincent Peale was a minister and author and a progenitor of "positive thinking". His ideas were not accepted by mental health experts.more

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    • Age: Died at 95 (1898-1993)
    • Birthplace: Bowersville, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Author, Pastor, Writer, Motivational speaker, Preacher
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    Charles Rozell "Chuck" Swindoll is an evangelical Christian pastor, author, educator, and radio preacher. He founded Insight for Living, headquartered in Plano, Texas, which airs a radio program of the same name on more than 2,000 stations around the world in 15 languages. He is currently senior pastor ...more

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    • Age: age 81
    • Birthplace: El Campo, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Author, Pastor, Writer, Teacher
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    Daryl Coley
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    Daryl Lynn Coley is an American Christian singer. At 14, Coley was a member of the nationally acclaimed ensemble Helen Stephens And The Voices Of Christ. He began performing with Edwin Hawkins in the Edwin Hawkins Singers and then worked with James Cleveland, Tramaine Hawkins, Sylvester, Pete Escovedo ...more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Pastor, Singer, Music Director
    • Credits: Gospel Greats Presents: Praise & Worship Live: Vol. 1, Gospel Comes A-Live!, Donald Lawrence Presents the Tri-City Singers: The Grand Finale: Encourage Yourself, Shout! In the Spirit
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    John Charles Hagee is an American founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, a megachurch with more than 20,000 active members. Hagee is also the chief executive officer of his non-profit corporation, Global Evangelism Television. Hagee is the President and CEO of John Hagee ...more

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    • Age: age 75
    • Birthplace: Baytown, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Actor, Televangelist, Pastor, Preacher
    • Credits: Vanished, Jerusalem Countdown
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    Jonathan Edwards
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    Jonathan Edwards was a Protestant preacher, philosopher, and theologian. Edwards "is widely acknowledged to be America's most important and original philosophical theologian," and one of America's greatest intellectuals. Edwards's theological work is broad in scope, but he was rooted in Reformed ...more

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    • Age: Died at 55 (1703-1758)
    • Birthplace: East Windsor, Springfield, Connecticut, United States of America
    • Profession: Theologian, Missionary, Pastor, Writer, Preacher, + more
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    Charles Spurgeon
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    Charles Haddon Spurgeon was a British Particular Baptist preacher. Spurgeon remains highly influential among Christians of various denominations, among whom he is known as the "Prince of Preachers". He was a strong figure in the Reformed Baptist tradition, defending the Church in agreement with the 1689 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 58 (1834-1892)
    • Birthplace: Kelvedon, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Pastor, Writer, Preacher
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    Smokie Norful
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    Rev. W.R. "Smokie" Norful, Jr. is an American gospel singer and pianist, best known for his 2002 album, I Need You Now and his 2004 release, Nothing Without You, which won a Grammy at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album in 2004. Norful received his second Grammy in 2015 ...more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Muskogee, Oklahoma, United States of America
    • Profession: Songwriter, Pianist, Pastor, Singer
    • Credits: WOW Gospel #1s, WOW Gospel 2007, WOW Gospel 2009, WOW Gospel 2005
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