List of Famous Pastors People

List of Famous Pastors

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This list of famous pastors and the best preachers includes photos, bios, and other information, when available. Who are the top pastors in the world? This includes the most prominent preachers of all faiths and famous Christian pastors, living and dead, both from America and abroad. This list of popular preachers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted based on whatever information you're looking for, such as where these popular pastors were born and what their nationality is. The top preachers on this list are from different countries, but all share their status as renowned pastors and famous reverends.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different people, with great pastors including Martin Luther King, Jr. and Fred Phelps (who both happen to be noted American preachers). Many are regarded as the most influential pastors and all are known for leading their followers to pursue their faith and gain a deeper understanding of their beliefs and tenets.

From reputable, prominent, and well known pastors to the lesser known ministers and preachers of today, these are some of the best religious leaders of both today and years gone by. Who are the most famous pastors ever? Who are the most famous Christian preachers? Peruse the list below to find out!

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    Billy Graham
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    William Franklin "Billy" Graham Jr., KBE is an American evangelical Christian evangelist, ordained as a Southern Baptist minister, who rose to celebrity status in 1949 reaching a core constituency of middle-class, moderately conservative Protestants. He held large indoor and outdoor rallies; sermons ...more

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    • Age: age 97
    • Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Evangelist, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Pastor, + more
    • Credits: Born Again, Two a Penny, Come the Morning, The Homecoming, Shadow of the Boomerang, + more
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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, USA
    • 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 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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    Paula Michelle White is an international Christian evangelist and teacher, TV personality, author and philanthropist. She is the Senior Pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida, which is a non-denominational, multi-cultural church whose membership ranges in the thousands. She hosts a ...more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Tupelo, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Talk show host, Missionary, Author, Televangelist, Pastor, + more
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    Dwight L. Moody
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    Dwight Lyman Moody, also known as D.L. Moody, was an American evangelist and publisher, who founded the Moody Church, Northfield School and Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts, the Moody Bible Institute, and Moody Publishers.more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1837-1899)
    • Birthplace: Northfield, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Evangelist, Pastor, Writer, Preacher
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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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    Mason Durell Betha, better known by stage name Mase, is an American rapper. He hails from Harlem, New York City, New York. He was once signed to Sean "Diddy" Combs's label Bad Boy Records. He was introduced as Bad Boy's next big artist during the summer of 1996, when he was featured on the remix to ...more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America
    • Profession: Songwriter, Rapper, Musician, Actor, Pastor
    • Credits: Fat Albert, Life After Death: The Movie
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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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    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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