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List of Famous Bishops

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List of famous bishops, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top bishops in the world? This includes the most prominent bishops, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable bishops is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic bishops were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned bishops.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different people, like Thomas Becket and James Wedderburn.

From reputable, prominent, and well known bishops to the lesser known bishops of today, these are some of the best professionals in the bishop field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous bishops ever?" and "What are the names of famous bishops?" then you're in the right place. (125 items)

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    Thomas Becket
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    Thomas Becket was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170. He is venerated as a saint and martyr by both the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. He engaged in conflict with Henry II of England over the rights and privileges of the Church and was murdered by followers of the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 52 (1118-1170)
    • Birthplace: Cheapside, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Priest, Bishop
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    Saint Peter
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    Saint Peter, also known as Simon Peter, according to the New Testament, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ, leaders of the early Christian Church. The Catholic Church considers him to be the first Pope, ordained by Jesus in the "Rock of My Church" dialogue in Matthew 16:18. The ancient ...more

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    • Birthplace: Bethsaida, Syria
    • Profession: Bishop, Fisherman
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    James Wedderburn, bishop of Dunblane, was the second son of John Wedderburn, a mariner and shipowner from Dundee, and Margaret Lindsay. James Wedderburn, a playwright and early Scottish proponent of Protestantism, was his grandfather. He was born at Dundee in 1585, and began his university life at St.more

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    • Age: Died at 54 (1585-1639)
    • Profession: Bishop
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    John Arthur Thomas Robinson was an English New Testament scholar, author and the Anglican Bishop of Woolwich. He was a lecturer at Trinity College, Cambridge, and later Dean of Trinity College until his death in 1983 from cancer. Robinson was considered a major force in shaping liberal Christian ...more

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    • Age: Died at 64 (1919-1983)
    • Birthplace: Canterbury, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Theologian, Bishop, Writer
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    Saint John Chrysostom

    Saint John Chrysostom
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    John Chrysostom, c. 349 – 407, Archbishop of Constantinople, was an important Early Church Father. He is known for his preaching and public speaking, his denunciation of abuse of authority by both ecclesiastical and political leaders, the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, and his ascetic ...more

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    • Age: Died at 60 (347-407)
    • Birthplace: Antioch, Turkey
    • Profession: Physician, Bishop
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    Bishop Frederick Douglas "F. D." Washington was a renowned Pentecostal minister of the Washington Temple Church of God in Christ in Brooklyn, New York. His most famous protege is Rev. Al Sharpton, whom he licensed and ordained as a minister at the age of nine.more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1913-1988)
    • Profession: Evangelist, Bishop, Radio personality, Pastor, Presenter
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    Rainer Woelki

    Rainer Maria Woelki is a German Cardinal of the Catholic Church. He has been Archbishop of Cologne since his installation on 20 September 2014 following his appointment by Pope Francis on 11 July to succeed Joachim Cardinal Meisner in that position. He previously served as Archbishop of Berlin.more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
    • Profession: Cleric
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    Leon Yao Liang

    Leo Yao Liang was the Roman Catholic bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Xiwanzi, China. Ordained in 1946, Yao Liang was sentenced to a Chinese Communist labor camp in 1958 and was released in 1984. With the approval of the Vatican, he was ordained bishop on February 19, 2002.more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1923-2009)
    • Birthplace: Hebei, China
    • Profession: Bishop
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    Bishop Adolph John Paschang was an American Maryknoll Catholic bishop, missionary, relief worker and educator working in southern part of China in the early 20th century.more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1895-1968)
    • Birthplace: Martinsburg, Missouri, United States of America
    • Profession: Priest, Bishop, Missionary, Teacher
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    Bishop G.E. Patterson was an American Pentecostal-Holiness.more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1939-2007)
    • Birthplace: Humboldt, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Profession: Bishop, Pastor, Singer
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    James Oglethorpe "J. O." Patterson, Jr. was a Bishop in the Church of God in Christ and a former Mayor of Memphis, Tennessee.more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1935-2011)
    • Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Profession: Bishop, Pastor, Legislator, Funeral director, Lawyer
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    Theofan Stilian Noli, better known as Fan Noli was an Albanian-American writer, scholar, diplomat, politician, historian, orator, and founder of the Albanian Orthodox Church, who served as prime minister and regent of the Albania in 1924 during the June Revolution. Fan Noli is venerated in Albania as a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1882-1965)
    • Birthplace: İbriktepe, Turkey
    • Profession: Priest, Politician, Bishop, Writer
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    Charles Harrison "C.H." Mason was an American Pentecostal–Holiness and denominational leader. He was the founder, Chief Apostle and first Senior Bishop of the Church of God in Christ, the largest Pentecostal Church in the United States.more

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    • Age: Died at 95 (1866-1961)
    • Birthplace: Bartlett, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Profession: Evangelist, Bishop, Pastor
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    Bishop Hezekiah Walker is a popular American gospel music artist and pastor of prominent Brooklyn New York megachurch, Love Fellowship Tabernacle. Walker has released several albums on Benson Records and Verity Records as Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Crusade Choir.more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Conductor, Songwriter, Musician, Bishop, Author, + more
    • Credits: The Gospel: Live, WOW Gospel #1s, WOW Gospel 2007, The Covenant, Shakin' the House: Live in L.A., + more
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    Ernest Barnes
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    Ernest William Barnes FRS was an English mathematician and scientist who later became a liberal theologian and bishop. He was educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham and Trinity College, Cambridge. He was Master of the Temple from 1915 to 1919. He was made Bishop of Birmingham in 1924, the only ...more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1874-1953)
    • Birthplace: Birmingham, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Mathematician, Bishop
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    Pedro de la Gasca
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    Pedro de la Gasca was a Spanish bishop, diplomat and the second viceroy of Peru, from April 10, 1547 to January 27, 1550.more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1493-1567)
    • Birthplace: Santa María de los Caballeros, Spain
    • Profession: Priest, Politician, Soldier, Diplomat, Lawyer
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    William Clyde Martin
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    William Clyde Martin was a Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, The Methodist Church and the United Methodist Church. He distinguished himself in military service during World War I as a Methodist Pastor and held ecumenical ministries with the National Council of Churches and the World ...more

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    • Age: Died at 91 (1893-1984)
    • Birthplace: Randolph, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Profession: Bishop, Pastor
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    Philippe de Vitry was a French composer, music theorist and poet. He was an accomplished, innovative, and influential composer, and may also have been the author of the Ars Nova treatise. He was widely acknowledged as the greatest musician of his day, with Petrarch writing a glowing tribute, calling ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1291-1361)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Poet, Bishop, Music Theorist, Composer
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    James Anthony Walsh was the co-founder of Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers.more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1867-1936)
    • Birthplace: Cambridge, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Priest, Bishop, Missionary
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    Ida B. Robinson was an American Pentecostal-Holiness and Charismatic denominational leader. She was the founder, first Senior Bishop and President of the Mount Sinai Holy Church of America, Inc. Robinson formed the organization in response to her vision and Divine Call to secure an organizational home ...more

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    • Age: Died at 55 (1891-1946)
    • Birthplace: Hazlehurst, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Evangelist, Bishop, Pastor
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