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

List ranges from John Witherspoon to Akhmad Kadyrov, plus much more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known clerics to the lesser known clerics of today, these are some of the best professionals in the cleric field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous clerics ever?" and "What are the names of famous clerics?" then you're in the right place. (184 items)

Lewis Carroll is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll, was an English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer. His most famous writings are Alice's ...more

Guillaume de Machaut is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Guillaume de Machaut was a medieval French poet and composer. He is one of the earliest composers on whom significant biographical information is available. According to Daniel Leech-Wilkinson, ...more

Akhmad Kadyrov is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Akhmad Abdulkhamidovich Kadyrov, also spelled Akhmat, was the Chief Mufti of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria in the 1990s during and after the First Chechen War. At the outbreak of the Second ...more

Gene Robinson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Vicky Gene Robinson is an American retired bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Robinson was elected bishop coadjutor in 2003 and ...more

Phillips Brooks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Phillips Brooks was an American Episcopal clergyman and author, long the Rector of Boston's Trinity Church and briefly Bishop of Massachusetts, and particularly remembered as lyricist of the ...more

Cardinal Richelieu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Armand Jean du Plessis, Cardinal-Duke of Richelieu and of Fronsac was a French clergyman, noble and statesman. He was consecrated as a bishop in 1607 and was appointed Foreign Secretary in 1616. ...more

Rowan Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Rowan Douglas Williams, Baron Williams of Oystermouth PC FBA FRSL FLSW is an Anglican bishop, theologian and poet. Williams was the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, Metropolitan of the Province ...more

Anwar al-Aulaqi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Anwar al-Awlaki was an American and Yemeni imam and Islamic militant. US government officials said that he was a senior talent-recruiter and motivator who was involved in planning terrorist ...more

John Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Clerics
John Knox Witherspoon was a Scots Presbyterian minister and a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New Jersey. As president of the College of New ...more

Hassan Rouhani is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Hassan Rouhani is the seventh President of Iran, in office since 2013. He is also a former lawmaker, academic and former diplomat. He has been a member of Iran's Assembly of Experts since 1999, ...more

Rainer Woelki is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Rainer Woelki Rainer Maria Woelki is a German Cardinal of the Catholic Church. He has been Archbishop of Cologne since his installation on 20 September 2014 following his appointment by Pope Francis on 11 ...more

Hugh Price is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Hugh Price was a Welsh lawyer and clergyman who was instrumental in the founding of Jesus College, Oxford. Price was born in Brecon, in mid-Wales, the son of a butcher named Rhys ap Rhys. He ...more

Robert Herrick is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Robert Herrick was a 17th-century English lyric poet and cleric. He is best known for his book of poems, Hesperides. This includes the carpe diem poem To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time, with ...more

Hilarion is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Metropolitan Ilarion was a Ukrainian Orthodox cleric, linguist, church historian, and historian of Ukrainian culture. In 1940 he was Archimandrite of the St. Onuphrius Monastery in Jableczna; in ...more

Owen Spencer-Thomas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Owen Robert Spencer-Thomas MBE is a television and radio news journalist, philanthropist and campaigner for autism and other disabilities. Spencer-Thomas is also an ordained Anglican clergyman. ...more

John Richard Green is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Clerics
John Richard Green was an English historian.

Jean-Antoine Nollet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Jean-Antoine Nollet was a French clergyman and physicist. As a priest, he was also known as Abbé Nollet.

Hudson Stuck is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Hudson Stuck was a British native who became an Episcopal priest, social reformer, and mountain climber in the United States. With Harry P. Karstens, he co-led the first expedition to ...more

George Wheler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Born at Breda in the Netherlands on 20 January 1651, the third child and eldest son of Charles Wheler, a colonel in the Life Guards, and his wife, Anne, daughter of John Hutchin of Egerton, ...more

Henry Archdall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Henry Kingsley Archdall was an Australian academic and clergyman. After teaching at Cambridge University, in Australia and in New Zealand, he became Principal of St David's College, Lampeter and ...more

Bill Blaikie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Clerics
William Alexander "Bill" Blaikie, PC is a retired Canadian politician. He was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, from 2009 until 2011 representing the Winnipeg division ...more

Abdul Aziz al-Hakim is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Abdul Aziz al-Hakim was an Iraqi theologian and politician and the leader of Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, a party that has approximately 5% support in the Iraqi Council of Representatives. ...more

Jonathan Bernis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Clerics

Joseph George Cumming is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Joseph George Cumming, MA Cantab., was an English geologist and archaeologist. His major works concerned the geology and history of the Isle of Man.

George Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Clerics
George Whitaker was an English-Canadian clergyman and educator.

Cardinal Mazarin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Jules Mazarin, born Giulio Raimondo Mazzarino or Mazarini, was an Italian cardinal, diplomat, and politician, who served as the chief minister of France from 1642 until his death. Mazarin ...more

John Newton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Clerics
John Newton was an English sailor, in the Royal Navy for a period, and later a captain of slave ships. He became ordained as an evangelical Anglican cleric, served Olney, Buckinghamshire for two ...more

Giraldus Cambrensis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Gerald of Wales was archdeacon of Brecon and chronicler of his times. Born c. 1146 at Manorbier Castle in Pembrokeshire, Wales, he was of mixed Norman and Welsh descent; he is also known as ...more

David Zeisberger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Clerics
David Zeisberger was a Moravian clergyman and missionary among the Native Americans in the Thirteen Colonies. He established communities of Munsee converts in the valley of the Muskingum River ...more

Charles Dodgson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Charles Dodgson was an Anglican cleric, scholar and author. He was the father of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll. Charles Dodgson was born in 1800 in Hamilton, ...more

Henry Francis Lyte is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Henry Francis Lyte was an Anglican divine, hymn-writer and poet.

John Sentamu is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Clerics
John Tucker Mugabi Sentamu is the 97th Archbishop of York, Metropolitan of the province of York and Primate of England. The position of Archbishop of York is the second most senior clerical ...more

Pope Stephen IX is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Pope Stephen IX was Pope from 3 August 1057 to his death in 1058. His baptismal name was Frederick of Lorraine. He was a younger brother of Godfrey III, Duke of Lower Lorraine, who was part of ...more

Benedikt Stojković is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Benedetto Stay was a Ragusan Roman Catholic clergyman, educated by Jesuits, he attended the academic assemblies of Marin Sorgo, beginning the composition of a poem on Alexander Farnese. Later on ...more

Robert Stirling is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Clerics
The Reverend Dr Robert Stirling was a Scottish clergyman, and inventor of the Stirling engine. Stirling was born at Cloag Farm near Methven, Perthshire, the third of eight children. He inherited ...more

John Morton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Clerics
John Morton was an English prelate who served as Archbishop of Canterbury from 1486 to 1500. He was elevated to the cardinalate in 1493.

Ion Creangă is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Ion Creangă was a Moldavian-born Romanian writer, raconteur and schoolteacher. A main figure in 19th century Romanian literature, he is best known for his Childhood Memories volume, his novellas ...more

Charles E. Blake is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Bishop Charles Edward Blake Sr. serves as the Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ, Inc., a 6 million-member Pentecostal-Holiness denomination. On March 21, 2007, he became the ...more

Mohammad Beheshti is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini Beheshti was an Iranian jurist, philosopher, cleric and strong politician who was known as the second person in the political hierarchy of Iran after the revolution. He ...more

Samuel Clapham is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Samuel Clapham was a clergyman of the Church of England, a justice of the peace, and a writer. His best known work, the collection Practical Sermons on Several Important Subjects, published ...more

Thomas Joseph Connolly is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Thomas Joseph Connolly is an American clergyman of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Baker in Oregon from 1971 to 1999.

Edmund Nelson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Reverend Edmund Nelson was an Anglican clergyman during the eighteenth century, most famous as the father of Horatio Nelson.

Abdul Rashid Ghazi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Abdul Rashid Ghazi was an Islamist Pakistani fundamentalist; son of Muhammad Abdullah Ghazi, and younger brother of Abdul Aziz Ghazi. He was descended from the Sadwani clan of Mazari tribe in ...more

John Glas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Clerics
John Glas was a Scottish clergyman who started the Glasite church movement.

James Boyer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Clerics
The Reverend James Boyer was the tyrannical headmaster of Christ’s Hospital from the years 1778 to 1799.

Petrus de Cruce is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Petrus de Cruce was active as a cleric, composer and theorist in the late part of the 13th century. His main contribution was to the notational system.

Francis Kilvert is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Francis Kilvert Robert Francis Kilvert, always known as Francis, or Frank, was an English clergyman remembered for his diaries reflecting rural life in the 1870s, which were published over fifty years after his ...more

Frederic Dan Huntington is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Frederic Dan Huntington Frederic Dan Huntington was an American clergyman and the first Protestant Episcopal bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York.

Clarence J. Harris is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Clarence J. Harris Clarence J. Harris was a writer and clergyman.

George Patey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Clerics
Headmaster of Plympton Grammar School.