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?"
Martin Luther King, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Pastors
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Martin Luther King Jr. (born Michael King Jr., January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs. King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. With the SCLC, King led an unsuccessful 1962 struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia, and helped organize the 1963 nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama. King also helped to ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 39 (1929-1968)

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

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Fred Phelps is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Pastors
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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 lawyer, founder of the Phelps Chartered law firm, and a former civil rights activist. He sought public office four times as a member of the Democratic Party. In the election for United States Senator for Kansas in 1992, he received 49,416 votes, coming in second after Gloria O'Dell. Phelps and his followers frequently picketed various events, such as military funerals, gay pride gatherings, ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 85 (1929-2014)

Birthplace: Meridian, Mississippi, United States of America

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Pat Robertson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Pastors
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Marion Gordon 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. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 88

Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America

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Joel Osteen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Pastors
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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 written five New York Times Bestselling books. He has been widely nicknamed "The Smiling Preacher". In 2004, his first book, Your Best Life Now, was released by Time Warner and debuted at the top of the The New York Times Best Seller list. The book remained a The New York Times Best Seller for more than 200 weeks. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 55

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America

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