List of Famous Bishops

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

The list you're viewing is made up of many different people, like Thomas Becket and James Wedderburn. Featuring Catholic bishops and more, this list has it all. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known bishops to the lesser known bishops of today, these are some of the best professionals in the bishop field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous bishops ever?" and "What are the names of famous bishops?" then you're in the right place. 
Thomas Becket is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Thomas Becket (), also known as Saint Thomas of Canterbury, Thomas of London and later Thomas à Becket (21 December c. 1119 (or 1120) – 29 December 1170), was Archbishop of Canterbury ...more

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Saint Peter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Saint Peter (Syriac: ܫܸܡܥܘܿܢ ܟܹ݁ܐܦ݂ܵܐ, Šemʿōn Kēp̄ā; Hebrew: שמעון בר יונה‎ Šimʿōn bar Yōnāh; Greek: Πέτρος, translit. Petros; Coptic: ⲡⲉⲧⲣⲟⲥ, romanized: Petros; Latin: Petrus; r. AD 30; died ...more
James Wedderburn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bishops
James Wedderburn (1585 – 23 September 1639), bishop of Dunblane, was the second son of John Wedderburn, a mariner and shipowner from Dundee, and Margaret Lindsay. James Wedderburn (1495?–1553), ...more
John A.T. Robinson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bishops
John Arthur Thomas Robinson (16 May 1919 – 5 December 1983) was an English New Testament scholar, author and the Anglican Bishop of Woolwich. He was a lecturer at Trinity College, Cambridge, and ...more
Saint John Chrysostom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Saint John Chrysostom
John Chrysostom, c. 349 – 407, Archbishop of Constantinople, was an important Early Church Father. He is known for his preaching and public speaking, his denunciation of abuse of authority by ...more
F. D. Washington is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Bishop Frederick Douglas Washington (January 1, 1913 - January 12, 1988) was a Pentecostal minister of the Washington Temple Church of God in Christ (COGIC) in Brooklyn, New York. His most ...more
Rainer Woelki is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bishops
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
Leon Yao Liang is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Leon Yao Liang
Leo Yao Liang (Chinese: 姚良;1923 – December 30, 2009) was the Roman Catholic bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Xiwanzi, China. Ordained in 1946, Yao Liang was sentenced to a Chinese ...more
Adolph John Paschang is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Bishop Adolph John Paschang (Chinese: 柏增主教, 16 April 1895 – 3 February 1968) was an American Maryknoll Catholic bishop, missionary, relief worker and educator working in the southern part of ...more
Gilbert E. Patterson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Gilbert Earl Patterson (September 22, 1939 – March 20, 2007) was an American Pentecostal-Holiness leader and minister who served as the international Presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle of the ...more
J.O. Patterson, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bishops
James Oglethorpe Patterson Jr. (28 May 1935 – 25 June 2011) was a Pentecostal–Holiness minister in the Church of God in Christ and a former Mayor of Memphis, Tennessee.
Fan S. Noli is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Theofan Stilian Noli, known as Fan Noli (6 January 1882 – 13 March 1965), was an Albanian writer, scholar, diplomat, politician, historian, orator and founder of the Orthodox Church of Albania, ...more
Charles Harrison Mason ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Charles Harrison Mason Sr. (September 8, 1864 – November 17, 1961) was an American Pentecostal–Holiness pastor and minister. He was the founder and first Senior Bishop of the Church of God in ...more
Hezekiah Walker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Bishop Hezekiah Walker (born December 24, 1962) is a popular American gospel music artist and pastor of prominent Brooklyn New York megachurch, Love Fellowship Tabernacle. Walker has released ...more
Ernest Barnes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Ernest William Barnes (1 April 1874 – 29 November 1953) was an English mathematician and scientist who later became a liberal theologian and bishop.He was educated at King Edward's School, ...more
Pedro de la Gasca is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Pedro de la Gasca (June 1485 – November 13, 1567) was a Spanish bishop, diplomat and the second (acting) viceroy of Peru, from April 10, 1547 to January 27, 1550.
William Clyde Martin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bishops
William Clyde Martin (July 28, 1893–August 30, 1984) was a Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, The Methodist Church and the United Methodist Church. He distinguished himself in ...more
Philippe de Vitry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Philippe de Vitry (31 October 1291 – 9 June 1361) was a French composer, music theorist and poet. He was an accomplished, innovative, and influential composer, and may also have been the author ...more
James Anthony Walsh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bishops
James Anthony Walsh (February 24, 1867 – April 14, 1936) was the co-founder of Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers.
Ida B. Robinson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Ida B. Robinson (August 3, 1891 – April 20, 1946) was an American Pentecostal-Holiness and Charismatic denominational leader. She was the founder, first Senior Bishop and President of the Mount ...more
Thomas Frederick Price ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Father Thomas Frederick Price (August 19, 1860 - September 12, 1919) was the American co-founder of the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America, better known as the Maryknoll Fathers and
James Edward Walsh is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bishops
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Tor Berger Jørgen... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Tor Berger Jørgensen (born 27 December 1945 in Oslo, Norway) is a Norwegian Bishop who until 2015 was Bishop of the Diocese of Sør-Hålogaland in the Church of ...more
Henry Compton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Henry Compton (1632 – 7 July 1713) was the Bishop of London from 1675 to 1713.
George Carey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bishops
George Leonard Carey, Baron Carey of Clifton, (born 13 November 1935) is a retired Anglican bishop who was the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1991 to 2002, having previously been the Bishop of ...more