READ List of Famous Chaplains

Reference
7.7k views 428 items

List of famous chaplains, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top chaplains in the world? This includes the most prominent chaplains, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable chaplains is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic chaplains 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 chaplains.

List features Ian Bradley, William Sloane Coffin and more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known chaplains to the lesser known chaplains of today, these are some of the best professionals in the chaplain field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous chaplains ever?" and "What are the names of famous chaplains?" then you're in the right place. (428 items)
Ian Bradley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Photo: Freebase/Public domain

Ian Campbell Bradley is a British academic, author, theologian, Church of Scotland minister, journalist and broadcaster. At the University of St Andrews, he is Reader in Practical Theology and Church History, Principal of St Mary's College, and a University chaplain. He is also the associate minister of Holy Trinity Church, St Andrews. He has researched and written widely on religious matters, from Celtic Christianity to the theology of sacrifice and the future of spirituality in Britain. In addition, he has published works on the subjects of hymnody, monarchy, the Victorian era, Gilbert and Sullivan and musical theatre. ...more

see more on Ian Bradley
William Sloane Coffin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Photo: Freebase/Public domain

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 Church of Christ. In his younger days he was an athlete, a talented pianist, a CIA agent, and later chaplain of Yale University, where the influence of Reinhold Niebuhr's social philosophy led him to become a leader in the civil rights and peace movements of the 1960s and 1970s. He also was a member of the secret society Skull and Bones. He went on to serve as Senior Minister at the Riverside Church in New York City and President of SANE/Freeze, the nation's largest peace and justice group, and ...more

see more on William Sloane Coffin
Pope John XXIII is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Photo: Freebase/Public domain

Pope Saint John XXIII reigned from 28 October 1958 to his death in 1963 and was canonized on 27 April 2014. Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was the fourth of fourteen children born to a family of sharecroppers who lived in a village in Lombardy. He was ordained a priest on 10 August 1904 and served in a number of posts, including papal nuncio in France and a delegate to Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey. In a consistory on 12 January 1953 Pope Pius XII made Roncalli a cardinal as the Cardinal-Priest of Santa Prisca in addition to naming him as the Patriarch of Venice. Roncalli was elected pope on 28 October 1958 at age 76 after 11 ballots. His selection was unexpected, and Roncalli himself had come to ...more

see more on Pope John XXIII
Adam Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Photo: Freebase/Public domain

Adam Ferguson FRSE also known as Ferguson of Raith was a Scottish philosopher and historian of the Scottish Enlightenment. Ferguson was sympathetic to traditional societies, such as the Highlands, for producing courage and loyalty. He criticized commercial society as making men weak, dishonourable and unconcerned for their community. Ferguson has been called "the father of modern sociology." His most well known work is his Essay on the History of Civil Society. ...more

see more on Adam Ferguson