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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 popular pastors, like Martin Luther King Jr., James Lamar McElhany and more people. Featuring TV pastors and more, this list has it all. 

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 Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. Born in Atlanta, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, tactics his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi helped inspire. King led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and in 1957 became the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). With the SCLC, he led an unsuccessful 1962 struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia, and helped organize the nonviolent 1963  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 39 (1929-1968)
    • Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

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    Fred Waldron Phelps Sr. (November 13, 1929 – March 19, 2014) was an American minister and civil rights attorney who served as pastor of the Westboro Baptist Church and became known for his extreme views on homosexuality and protests near the funerals of gay people, military veterans, and disaster victims who he believed were killed as a result of God punishing the U.S. for having "bankrupt values" and tolerating gay people. The Westboro Baptist Church, a Topeka, Kansas-based independent fundamentalist ministry that Phelps founded in 1955, has been called "arguably the most obnoxious and rabid hate group in America". Its signature slogan, "God Hates Fags", remains the name of the group's  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 84 (1929-2014)
    • Birthplace: Meridian, Mississippi, United States of America
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    Marion Gordon "Pat" Robertson (born March 22, 1930) is an American media mogul, televangelist, political commentator, former Republican presidential candidate, and former Southern Baptist minister. Robertson advocates a conservative Christian ideology and is known for his past activities in Republican party politics. He is associated with the Charismatic Movement within Protestant evangelicalism. He serves as chancellor and CEO of Regent University and chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). He appears daily on The 700 Club, CBN’s flagship television program. On Robertson's own account, he was not a serious Christian until he underwent personal difficulty. He graduated near  ...more
    • Age: 91
    • Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America

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  • Joel Scott Osteen (born March 5, 1963) is an American pastor, televangelist, and author, based in Houston, Texas. Osteen's televised sermons are seen by over 7 million viewers weekly and over 20 million monthly in over 100 countries.He is the author of ten books which have been ranked number one on The New York Times Best Seller list.  ...more
    • Age: 58
    • Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America

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