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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.

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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
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 ...more

William Sloane Coffin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
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

Pope John XXIII is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
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 ...more

Adam Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
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 ...more

Abraham Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Abraham Baldwin was a Connecticut-born and raised minister, Patriot, American politician, and Founding Father. A graduate of Yale University and its divinity school, after the Revolutionary War ...more

Fred Thomson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Frederick Clifton Thomson was an American silent film cowboy who rivaled Tom Mix in popularity before dying at age 38 of tetanus.

Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Saint Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer was a Roman Catholic priest from Spain who founded Opus Dei, an organization of laypeople and priests dedicated to the teaching that everyone is ...more

Léon Joseph Suenens is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Léon Joseph Suenens Leo Jozef Suenens was a Belgian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussel from 1961 to 1979, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1962. Suenens was a ...more

Allen Allensworth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Allen Allensworth, born into slavery, escaped and became a Union soldier; later he became a Baptist minister and educator, and was appointed as a chaplain in the United States Army. He was the ...more

Richard Eddy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Richard Eddy Richard Eddy, D.D. was an American Universalist clergyman, born at Providence, R. I. He was a chaplain of the Sixtieth New York Volunteers during the American Civil War. From 1877 to 1906 he was ...more

Thomas Williams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Sir Thomas Williams, QC was a British Labour Co-operative politician. Williams was educated at University College, Cardiff and St Catherine's College, Oxford. He was President of the South Wales ...more

Rueben Philip Job is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Rueben Philip Job Rueben Philip Job was a retired American Bishop of the United Methodist Church. Elected in 1984, he served the Iowa Episcopal Area and retired in 1992.

Gunther Plaut is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Wolf Gunther Plaut, CC, O.Ont was a Reform rabbi and author. Plaut was the rabbi of Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto for several decades and since 1978 was its Senior Scholar.

Reuben Archer Torrey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Reuben Archer Torrey, was an American evangelist, pastor, educator, and writer.

John Joseph O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
John Joseph O'Connor was an American prelate of the Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of New York from 1984 until his death in 2000, and was created a cardinal in 1985. He previously ...more

Scotty McLennan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
The Reverend William L. McLennan, Jr. — better known as "Scotty McLennan" — was born on November 21, 1948, son of William L. McLennan and Alice Polk Warner. He is an ordained minister, ...more

Abraham Klausner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Abraham Judah Klausner was a Reform rabbi and United States Army captain and chaplain who became a “father figure” for the more than 30,000 emaciated survivors found at Dachau Concentration ...more

Francis P. Duffy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Francis Patrick Duffy was a Canadian American soldier, Roman Catholic priest and military chaplain. Duffy served as chaplain for the 69th Infantry Regiment, a unit of the New York Army National ...more

Leo Baeck is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Leo Baeck was a 20th-century German rabbi, scholar, and a leader of Progressive Judaism.

Edward McKendree Bounds is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Edward McKendree Bounds Edward McKendree Bounds prominently known as E.M. Bounds, was an American author, attorney, and member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South clergy. He is known for writing 11 books, nine of ...more

James Renshaw Cox is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Father James Renshaw Cox was an American Roman Catholic priest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, known for his pro-labor activism. He was a candidate for President of the United States in 1932, and ...more

Clark V. Poling is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
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

David Pawson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
John David Pawson is a prominent Bible teacher based in Great Britain. He is the author of more than thirty books.

John Weir Foote is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
John Weir Foote, VC, CD was a Canadian military chaplain and recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to ...more

Joseph Twichell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Reverend Joseph Hopkins Twichell, writer and pastor, was Mark Twain's closest friend for over forty years, and appears in A Tramp Abroad as "Harris." They met at a church social after ...more

Yves Congar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Yves Congar Yves Marie-Joseph Congar, O.P., was a French Dominican friar, Catholic priest and theologian. He was made a cardinal of the Catholic Church in 1994.

Emil Kapaun is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Emil Joseph Kapaun was a Roman Catholic priest and United States Army chaplain who died as a prisoner of war in the Korean War. In 1993, the Pope declared him a Servant of God, the first stage ...more

Isaac Cohen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Isaac Cohen was a distinguished Talmudic scholar and Chief Rabbi of Ireland for 20 years.

Bertram Korn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Bertram Wallace Korn, was a historian and rabbi. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University and the University of Cincinnati, and received an M.H.L. degree from the Hebrew ...more

Charles Hudson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Charles Hudson was an Anglican chaplain and mountain climber from Skillington, Lincolnshire, England. Hudson was one of the most important climbers of the golden age of alpinism. An immensely ...more

John W. Bricker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
John William Bricker was a United States Senator and the 54th Governor of Ohio. A member of the Republican Party, he was the Republican nominee for Vice President in 1944.

Philip Hannan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Philip Matthew Hannan was an American Roman Catholic Archbishop. Archbishop Hannan, in his episcopal career, served as Auxiliary Bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington and later ...more

Harry M. Philpott is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Harry Melvin Philpott was the President of Auburn University from 1965 to 1980.

Marcus Loane is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Marcus Loane Sir Marcus Lawrence Loane KBE was the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney from 1966 to 1982 and Primate of Australia from 1978 to 1982. He was the first Australian-born Archbishop of Sydney and also ...more

Albert Jenkin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Albert Mortimer Jenkin was an English-born rugby union forward who played club rugby for Swansea, county rugby for Glamorgan and international rugby for Wales.

Joseph Clemens is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Joseph Clemens was an American Methodist Episcopalian chaplain, missionary and plant collector who served and worked in South East Asia and elsewhere. He was born in the rugged western English ...more

Ovid R. Sellers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Ovid Rogers Sellers was an internationally known Old Testament scholar and archaeologist who played a role in the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. He served as Professor of the Old Testament ...more

Bob Bennett is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Robert Foster "Bob" Bennett is a former United States Senator from Utah, and a member of the Republican Party. Bennett held chairmanships and senior positions on a number of key Senate ...more

Walter Colton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Walter Colton Rev. Walter Colton was a Chaplain for the United States Navy, the Alcalde of Monterey, and the author of Three Years in California and Deck and Port. He was also co-publisher of California's ...more

Titus Oates is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Titus Oates Titus Oates was an English perjurer who fabricated the "Popish Plot", a supposed Catholic conspiracy to kill King Charles II.

Samuel C. Damon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Samuel C. Damon Samuel Chenery Damon was a missionary to Hawaii, pastor of the Seamen's Bethel Church, chaplain of the Honolulu American Seamen's Friend Society and editor of the monthly newspaper The Friend.

Bobby Henrey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Bobby Henrey Bobby Henrey, is an Anglo-French former child actor best known for his role as the son of the French ambassador to London in the classic 1948 English film The Fallen Idol, directed by Carol

Theodore Hardy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Theodore Bayley Hardy, VC, DSO, MC was a Chaplain in the British Army and English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy ...more

Theophilus Gould Steward is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Theophilus Gould Steward was an American author, educator, clergyman. He was a U.S. Army chaplain and Buffalo Soldier of 25th U.S. Colored Infantry.

Charles J. Watters is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Charles Joseph Watters was a Chaplain in the United States Army. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery exhibited while rescuing wounded men in the Vietnam War, specifically ...more

Carroll Pickett is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Reverend Carroll L. "Bud" Pickett is a Presbyterian minister in Huntsville, Texas. In the 1960s and 1970s, Rev. Pickett served as pastor for three churches in Texas. In 1980 he began ...more

Thomas John Clagett is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Thomas John Clagett Thomas John Claggett was the first bishop of the newly formed American Episcopal Church, U.S.A. to be consecrated on American soil and the first bishop of the recently established Episcopal ...more

Edward Payson Roe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Edward Payson Roe Edward Payson Roe was an American novelist.

Joseph T. O'Callahan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Joseph Timothy O'Callahan was a Jesuit priest and, during World War II, a United States Navy chaplain. He was awarded the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions ...more

Arthur Moulton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Chaplains
Arthur Moulton Arthur Wheelock Moulton was an American Episcopal bishop, born at Worcester, Massachusetts. He graduated from Hobart College, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, then attended the ...more