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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Yale Divinity School and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Yale Divinity School, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Yale Divinity School include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Yale Divinity School alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Yale Divinity School are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Yale Divinity School.

This list is made up of many different graduates, including Ralph Waite and William Sloane Coffin.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Yale Divinity School?” and “Which celebrities are Yale Divinity School alumni?”

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Gary Hart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Commentator, Politician, Novelist Gary Warren Hart is an American diplomat, politician, lawyer, author, professor and commentator. He served as a U.S. Senator representing Colorado, and sought the Democratic nomination for ...more

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William Sloane Coffin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Chaplain William Sloane Coffin, Jr. was an American Christian clergyman and long-time peace activist. He was ordained in the Presbyterian church and later received ministerial standing in the United ...more

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Clark V. Poling is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Chaplain Clark Vandersall Poling was a minister in the Reformed Church in America and a lieutenant in the United States Army. He was one of the Four Chaplains who gave their lives to save other soldiers ...more

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John L. Stoddard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
John L. Stoddard John Lawson Stoddard was an American writer, hymn writer and lecturer who gained popularity through his travelogues.

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John Humphrey Noyes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
John Humphrey Noyes was an American preacher, radical religious philosopher, and utopian socialist. He founded the Putney, Oneida, and Wallingford Communities and is credited for having coined ...more

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Ralph Waite is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Television director, Politician, Social Worker Ralph Waite was an American actor, voice artist, and political activist, best known for his role as John Walton, Sr. on The Waltons, which he occasionally directed. In addition, Waite appeared ...more

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Chris Glaser is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Writer Rev. Chris Glaser, M.Div., has been an activist in the movement for full inclusion of LGBT Christians in the Presbyterian Church, or PCUSA, for over 30 years. He is currently a minister in the ...more

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Anne Stanback is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Anne Stanback

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Reinhold Niebuhr is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Editor, Theologian, Professor Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr was an American theologian, ethicist, public intellectual, commentator on politics and public affairs, and professor at Union Theological Seminary for more than 30 ...more

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Reuben Archer Torrey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Chaplain Reuben Archer Torrey, was an American evangelist, pastor, educator, and writer.

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Gregory A. Boyd is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Author, Pastor Gregory A. "Greg" Boyd is an American theologian, pastor, and author. Boyd is Senior Pastor of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota and President of Reknew.org. He is one of ...more

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Henry G. Brinton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Henry G. Brinton Writer Henry G. Brinton is a contributor to The Washington Post and USA Today, author of the books Balancing Acts: Obligation, Liberation, and Contemporary Christian Conflicts and The Welcoming ...more

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Frederick Buechner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Theologian, Novelist, Author Carl Frederick Buechner is an American writer and theologian. Born July 11, 1926 in New York City, he is an ordained Presbyterian minister and the author of more than thirty published books thus ...more

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Martha Serpas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Writer Serpas grew up in Galliano, Louisiana, and received her BA from Louisiana State University. She subsequently did graduate study at New York University, Yale Divinity School, and the University ...more

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Will Davis Campbell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Novelist, Author Will Davis Campbell was a Baptist minister, activist, author, and lecturer. Throughout his life, he was a notable white supporter of civil rights in the Southern United States. In addition to ...more

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Ian Barbour is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Professor, Author Ian Graeme Barbour, was an American scholar on the relationship between science and religion. According to the Public Broadcasting Service his mid-1960s Issues in Science and Religion "has ...more

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William Henry Willimon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Writer William Henry Willimon is an American theologian and bishop in the United Methodist Church, who served the North Alabama Conference. He is currently Professor of the Practice of Christian ...more

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Chris Coons is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Christopher Andrew "Chris" Coons is the junior United States Senator from Delaware and a member of the Democratic Party. He won a special election in 2010 to succeed Joe Biden, who had ...more

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John Danforth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Priest, Politician, Diplomat John Claggett Danforth is a former United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Before becoming the UN Ambassador he was the Attorney General of Missouri and United States ...more

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John Silber is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
John Robert Silber was an American academician and candidate for public office. From 1971 to 1996 he was President of Boston University and from 1996 to 2002 Chancellor of the University. From ...more

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Lyman Beecher is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Politician Lyman Beecher was a Presbyterian minister, American Temperance Society co-founder and leader, and the father of 13 children, many of whom became noted figures, including Harriet Beecher Stowe, ...more

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George Erik Rupp is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Businessperson George Erik Rupp is an American educator and theologian, the former President of Rice University and later of Columbia University, and president of the International Rescue Committee from July ...more

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Harvey Cox is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Professor, Sailor, Author Harvey Gallagher Cox, Jr. is one of the preeminent theologians in the United States and served as Hollis Research Professor of Divinity at the Harvard Divinity School, until his retirement in ...more

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H. Richard Niebuhr is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Helmut Richard Niebuhr is considered one of the most important Christian theological ethicists in 20th century America, most known for his 1951 book Christ and Culture and his posthumously ...more

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James Childress is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Philosopher James Franklin Childress is a philosopher and theologian mainly concerned with ethics, particularly biomedical ethics. Currently he is the John Allen Hollingsworth Professor of Ethics at the ...more

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Stanley Hauerwas is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Theologian, Professor, Writer Stanley Hauerwas is an American theologian, ethicist, and public intellectual. Hauerwas is a longtime professor at Duke University, serving as the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics ...more

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Henry Horace Williams is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Henry Horace Williams Henry Horace Williams was a professor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1890 to 1940. From 1921 to 1935 he was a Kenan Professor of philosophy at UNC, and ...more

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William Ray Price, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
William Ray Price was a judge on the Supreme Court of Missouri and its longest-serving Supreme Court member, having served from April 7, 1992, when he was appointed to the Court by then-Governor ...more

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Diogenes Allen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Philosopher Diogenes Allen was an American philosopher and theologian who served as the Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Princeton Theological Seminary. He was ordained by the Episcopal Church in the ...more

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Victoria Matthews is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Victoria Matthews Victoria Matthews is Bishop of Christchurch in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. In 1994 she became the first ever female bishop in the Anglican Church of Canada.

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William Ragsdale Cannon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
William Ragsdale Cannon William Ragsdale Cannon was an American Bishop of the United Methodist Church, elected in 1968.

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James W.C. Pennington is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
James W.C. Pennington James William Charles Pennington was an African-American orator, minister, writer and abolitionist active in Brooklyn, New York. He escaped at the age of 19 from slavery in western Maryland. ...more

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Walter Capps is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Walter Capps Walter Holden Capps was an American politician. He was a Democratic Party member of the United States House of Representatives. Capps lost an election to Andrea Seastrand for the 22nd district ...more

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Hans Wilhelm Frei is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Hans Wilhelm Frei Hans Wilhelm Frei was a biblical scholar and theologian who is best known for work on biblical hermeneutics. Frei's work played a major role in the development of postliberal theology. His ...more

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Peter L. Pond is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
The Reverend Peter Lawrence Pond was a New England clergyman, activist and philanthropist who worked with Cambodian orphans on the Thai-Cambodian border. He was Executive Director of the ...more

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Adam Clayton Powell, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Adam Clayton Powell, Sr. was an American pastor who developed the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York as the largest Protestant congregation in the country, with 10,000 members. He was ...more

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Richard B Hays is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Richard B Hays Richard B. Hays is an American New Testament scholar who is currently Dean and George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. Hays received ...more

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Bob Massie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Bob Massie Writer Robert Kinloch "Bob" Massie IV is an American Episcopal priest, politician, author, and social activist—best known for his opposition to South Africa's apartheid regime. He is the son ...more

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Charles Lynn Pyatt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Dr. Charles Lynn Pyatt was an American Christian minister, author and academic who served as Dean of the College of Bible in Lexington, Kentucky. Born in Jacksonville, Illinois, he was educated ...more

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Ron Sider is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Ron Sider Ronald James Sider is a Canadian-born American theologian and social activist. He is often identified by others with the Christian left even if he personally disclaims any political inclination. ...more

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S. Gregory Boyd is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
S. Gregory Boyd Lawyer S. Gregory Boyd is an American author, attorney, and professor specializing in intellectual property, the game industry, and high technology media. He is currently a partner and the chairman of ...more

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Charles O. Gill is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Charles O. Gill Charles Otis Gill was an American Congregationalist clergyman. With Gifford Pinchot he co-authored two influential books on the state of rural churches in the United States. Gill played American ...more

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Austin Phelps is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Austin Phelps Austin Phelps, was an American Congregational minister and educator. He was for 10 years President of the Andover Theological Seminary and his writings became standard textbooks for Christian ...more

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Carol Adams is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Author Carol J. Adams is an American writer, feminist, and animal rights advocate. She is the author of several books, including The Sexual Politics of Meat and The Pornography of Meat, focusing in ...more

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Roy Clyde Clark is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Roy Clyde Clark Roy Clyde Clark is a retired American bishop of the United Methodist Church, elected in 1980.

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Barbara Brown Taylor is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Priest, Author Barbara Brown Taylor is an American Episcopal priest, professor, author and theologian and is one of the United States' best known preachers. In 2014, the TIME magazine placed her in its annual ...more

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Douglas K. Stuart is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Douglas K. Stuart Douglas K. Stuart is Professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, an interdenominational Evangelical Seminary. He received his B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard College in ...more

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Paul Vernon Galloway is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Paul Vernon Galloway Paul Vernon Galloway was an American Bishop of The Methodist Church, elected in 1960. He died 5 August 1990 at the St. John Medical Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was 86 and living in Tulsa when he ...more

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Donald McGavran is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Donald McGavran Donald Anderson McGavran was a missiologist who was the founding Dean and Professor of Mission, Church Growth, and South Asian Studies at the School of World Mission at Fuller Theological ...more

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Judith Dupré is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Yale Divinity School Alumni
Judith Dupré Judith Dupré is a writer and public speaker. She is the author of several works of narrative nonfiction that explore the intersection of art, photography, and architecture. She has been ...more